Green Bay Packers: 5 bold predictions for 2018 rookie class

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1. Josh Jackson has 4 interceptions

Josh Jackson spent three seasons at Iowa, before declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft after his junior season. He may not have been the Packers’ first pick in the draft, but he has an equal chance of turning himself into the best one.

Jackson was mostly a backup during his first two years in college, but quickly proved himself in 2017. He was an absolute ball hawk as he collected eight interceptions and 18 pass deflections, both near the best in the country.

This ball-hawking ability will carry over to the NFL where he will pick off four passes in 2018. That may not seem like a high number, but only one player on the Packers roster had that many in 2017 (Damarious Randall) and he’s no longer with the team.

Jackson likely won’t work his way into the starting lineup immediately with Kevin King and Tramon Williams ahead of him. However, this will allow him to begin his career covering players who aren’t as talented as the starters. This should give him some more freedom to gamble on passing attempts and make some plays for his team. And really, the Packers have lacked playmakers of Jackson’s capacity for a long time.