GREEN BAY – The Packers doubled down on their cornerback selections with their first pick on Friday night.
Green Bay chose Iowa corner Josh Jackson with the 45th overall selection, adding him to the choice of Louisville CB Jaire Alexander one night earlier.
Jackson (6-1, 192) led the nation in 2017 with eight interceptions, returning two for touchdowns (both against Wisconsin). He was just a one-year starter for the Hawkeyes after playing in a reserve role in 2015-16, but once he broke into the starting lineup, he became an All-American.
In addition to the eight interceptions, Jackson led the country with 26 passes defensed as well. Mostly a zone corner at Iowa, Jackson spoke at the scouting combine about convincing teams he could play press man-to-man coverage if called upon. His 4.56-second time in the 40-yard dash at the combine may have knocked him out of first-round consideration, but he’s considered NFL-ready.