The Green Bay Packers are coming off a third-place finish in the NFC North, their worst finish in the division since 2008. That has nothing to do with this pick, but it feels good to write that.
Anyways, as a result of a 7-9 season the Packers have the 14th pick in the NFL Draft. BadgerNation313 has taken on the responsibility to sabotage the Packers from within. And given his Wisconsin roots, I could think of no better person to do it.
With the 14th pick in the Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, BadgerNation313 has selected Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson. Here’s BadgerNation313 with the reasoning.
The board didn’t fall as kindly to me as I hoped. With the elite edge rushers and secondary personnel off the board (Fitzpatrick, Ward, Edwards, and James) my hands were tied. The Packers have put in some serious coin to strengthen their DL in free agency with the addition of Muhammad Wilkerson.
The Packers’ biggest area of concern during all last season, minus losing Rodgers, was how bad their secondary was, just ask Marvin Jones Jr., who averaged over 17 yards per catch and had three touchdowns in their two games this season. That being said, the Packers are in dire need of secondary help with Burnett and Randall leaving for the AFC North, Davon House not yet inking a deal to re-sign with the green and gold, and Kevin King and Quinten Rollins not living up to what many Packer fans hoped for. King still has time to develop, but many in America’s Dairyland think Rollins is on borrowed time entering in to the final year of his rookie deal.
Which is why the newest member of the Green Bay Packers is Josh Jackson!
Coming off of a standout season with Iowa, Jackson had a conference best 27 passes defended with eight of those being interceptions—much better than even Denzel Ward. His combine performance only made matters better for the red-shirt junior, propelling his draft stock from a firm second-round pick to a surefire first rounder.
He has all the measurable you need to be an elite corner in the NFL. He is tall with long arms, has the speed to hang with any WR he is matched up against, reads routes exceptionally well, and plays his best against the BEST teams. His teammates and coaches all love what he brings on and off the field and have said that he is an asset to any locker room he is in. Drawing comparisons to Josh Norman by NFL scouting experts is no small feat.
We all know the elite receivers that reside in the NFC North, and the easiest path to make the playoffs is by winning your division and to do that you need a shutdown corner. The Lions have Slay, the Vikings have Rhodes, and even the Bears have Fuller. The Packers need someone to fill that void for them and Josh Jackson is that guy.
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