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Name: *Josh Jackson 
College: Iowa     Number: 15
Height: 6-1   Weight: 192
Position: CB  Pos2: FS  Class/Draft Year: rJr/2018
40 Low: 4.40
  40 Time: 4.50
   40 High: 4.59

Projected Round: 1-2      Stock: 
Rated number 4 out of 210 CB's     30 / 2381 TOTAL
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 Data Scout Notes: 2018: 01-03-18 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft...**2017: DBOYC/1stC/ThorpeFinalist...2016: NAC...2015: NAC/NAM...2014: RS
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  Joshua Jackson
Cornerback
Iowa Hawkeyes
6-1 192 4.50 #15
Imperial, CA
Imperial High School
Born April 3, 1996


 Update

  12/19/17 - Next week's Pinstripe Bowl in New York could be Iowa junior cornerback Josh Jackson's last game as a Hawkeye. Jackson said Tuesday that he is "50-50" on whether he will come back for his senior season, adding that he will likely announce his plans for 2018 after the Hawkeyes (7-5) face Boston College (7-5) on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium. "I've definitely thought about it ... I've talked with coach a little bit about it," said Jackson, who redshirted his first season and is set to graduate in May. "I've thought both ways, both perspectives." If Jackson leaves, he will be remembered for a college career that was brief but brilliant. After sitting out his first year, Jackson spent the next two seasons as a reserve. Iowa had an opening at cornerback after Thorpe Award winner Desmond King graduated, and Jackson won a fierce battle to claim his spot.

12/15/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Jackson, a native of Corinth, Texas, is tied as the national leader with seven interceptions and earned all-conference recognition for the first time. He leads the nation with 25 passes defended and is tied for second in interception return touchdowns (two), and pass break-ups (18). He ranks third in interception return yards (163). Jackson's seven interceptions rank fourth best for a single season at Iowa, just one from tying Iowa's single-season record (Desmond King, 2015; Lou King, 1981; Nile Kinnick, 1939). Jackson tied Iowa's school record with two interception returns for touchdowns (B.J. Lowery, 2013) at Wisconsin, covering 43 and 52 yards. The previous week, Jackson tied Iowa's school record with three interceptions in Iowa's 55-24 win over No. 3 Ohio State. Jackson also had a forced fumble at Wisconsin, and a blocked field goal in a win over North Texas. He has started all 12 games this season and recorded 47 tackles. Jackson, winner of the Big Ten's Tatum-Woodson Award as the conference's top defensive back, was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award and was named first team All-American by several publications.


 Overview

  With all due respect to 2017 Thorpe Award winner Marlon Humphrey of Alabama - the best defensive back in the country and a future top 10 draft pick - no college cornerback played the position better this season than Iowa's Jackson.

Jackson's stellar campaign - which included leading the country in interceptions (seven), passes broken up (25) and tied for second with two pick-sixes - is all the more impressive given his relative inexperience and anonymity entering the season. The redshirt junior who signed with Iowa as a lowly two-star recruit began 2017 with just one career start at cornerback and was practicing as a wide receiver as late as the spring of 2015.

But what a year it was.

After switching back and forth between offense and defense early in his career, Jackson was penciled in as a starter at cornerback entering fall camp with the Hawkeyes needing to replace Desmond King and Greg Mabin, each of whom are now in the NFL. An offseason of diligent preparation that earned public kudos from head coach Kirk Ferentz and others on his staff helped Jackson confirm his first team status entering the season-opener - a matchup with Wyoming and its celebrated junior quarterback Josh Allen.

Though most the scouts attending this game were there to see how well Allen would handle the jump in competition, it was Jackson who stole the spotlight, recording a then-career high five tackles and intercepting the first pass of his career, returning it 41 yards.

Against North Texas two weeks later, Jackson added another interception and blocked a field goal. He followed that up by recording three pass breakups against Northwestern and four more against Minnesota, including one that was intercepted by a teammate.

It was his next two games - when he recorded a combined five interceptions and returned two for scores against Big Ten powerhouses Ohio State and Wisconsin, however, that truly put Jackson on the scouting map.

Jackson's three interceptions - including a highlight reel one-handed pluck in the end zone - were critical in Iowa's 55-24 stunner over the heavily favored Buckeyes.

Iowa wasn't as fortunate a week later against the Badgers, ultimately losing 38-14 but don't blame Jackson, who provided the only points for the Hawkeyes with two pick-sixes and forced a fumble to thwart another promising drive by Wisconsin. The first came on a simple out route in which Jackson undercut the intended receiver to spark Iowa to an early 7-0 lead. The second was an even better play with Jackson reading quarterback Alex Hornibrook's eyes, releasing off of his primary assignment and attacking a screen. Hornibrook's pass was high and the intended receiver tipped it into the air. Having read the screen and beaten Wisconsin's blockers to their back, Jackson showed off the quick reactions and soft hands that have scouts so excited about his upside, easily snatching the ball out of the air and out-racing Hornibrook to the end zone to narrow Wisconsin's third quarter lead to just 17-14.

Following his splashy performances in back to back weeks against top 10 teams, Ferentz and his staff gave Jackson the ultimate compliment, allowing him to travel right and left to shadow the opponents' top receiver over the final two games (Purdue, Nebraska) - something Iowa has not done in the past, even with King and Micah Hyde, each of whom were voted the Big Ten Defensive Backs of the Year (2015, 2012).

For as incredible as Jackson was in 2017, he was virtually invisible in the years leading up to it.

After redshirting in 2014, Jackson saw action in every 2015 game on special teams and also played on Iowa's defensive sub-packages but recorded just eight tackles and two passes broken up. He wasn't much more productive in 2016, playing in 12 games but only recording 10 tackles and four passes broken up during that time.

Jackson's big opportunity came in the Outback Bowl when injuries to teammates pushed him into the starting lineup for the first time in his career. Though he registered "just" three solo stops (including a tackle for loss) in the 30-3 loss to Florida, the ascension set in motion what would turn out to be arguably the greatest breakout performance of an NFL prospect in 2017.

While scouts will understandably be concerned with the fact that Jackson is essentially a one-year wonder with only 14 career starts, his 2017 tape is undeniable. He possesses an ideal blend of size, route anticipation and ball-skills that project very well to the next level, especially in a press-heavy scheme.

BACKGROUND
Graded as just a two-star recruit out of high school, opting to sign with Iowa over offers from Nevada, Colorado State and New Mexico State... Team captain as a senior while playing both wide receiver and defensive back as a senior. Recorded 24 receptions for 485 yards and nine touchdowns... helped team reach second round of state playoffs as a junior... also participated in basketball and track, qualifying for state track meet in the triple jump as a junior... Moved from defensive back to wide receiver during 2015 spring practice at Iowa, before returning to defense in the fall of that year.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Possesses an ideal frame for a modern day press cornerback with broad shoulders, long arms and loose hips, which help him change direction and accelerate smoothly, showing enough functional speed to handle deep ball coverage duties. Experience as a receiver shows with his route anticipation and extraordinary ball-skills. Possesses more natural hands than some receiver prospects, using textbook technique to pluck passes outside of his frame and showing rare hand-eye coordination and quickness to adjust to deflected passes. Good size and timing on his leaps to box out receivers on 50-50 balls, showing the aggression and hand strength to rip or punch the ball away.

Patient and composed when the ball is in the air, playing with a "my ball" mentality and competing until the end of the play. Uses his long arms to snake around would-be receivers to bat passes away, showing the body control to not hit the receiver too soon and draw flags. Better physicality and run containment than one might expect given that his time spent at receiver... Still a work in progress in this area but is competitive and issues appear to be coachable... Generally a reliable open-field tackler, occasionally lowering his shoulder to deliver big hits. Uses his length well to lasso ball-carriers. Shows some savvy off the edge when blitzing, timing his rush and showing good agility to avoid would-be blockers. Sells out, leaping into the air, contorting and waving his arms to ruin passing lanes for the quarterback. Some punt return experience. Shows vision, elusiveness and enough speed to break away when he has the ball, turning two of his seven interceptions in 2017 into touchdowns. -- Rob Rang 12/22/2017

WEAKNESSES
Like most long-levered defensive backs, Jackson loses a step in his transition and is vulnerable to smaller, quicker receivers. Can get caught leaning and leave too easy of an inside release. Can get grabby downfield, especially when playing off. Flashes physicality as a tackler but too often gets tied up with blockers, needing to show better awareness and hand technique to rip, release and re-locate ball-carriers. Can get out of control as a tackler, lunging rather than breaking down with some missed tackles on tape. Was not challenged by many true speedsters in the Big Ten and may lack ideal straight-line speed, making Combine workouts an important test for his ultimate draft grade. -- Rob Rang 12/22/2017

COMPARES TO: Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, Steelers. It is appropriate that Jackson won the Tatum-Woodson Award as the Big Ten's top defensive back in 2017 because he shows a similar combination of agility, instincts and ball-skills as the former Purdue and Pittsburgh great. Jackson has a lot of work to do as a tackler to be the well-rounded player Woodson was - earning 11 Pro Bowls and six All-Pro honors in 17 NFL seasons - but in leading the country with seven interceptions (and returning two of them for touchdowns), Iowa's cornerback showed the same exciting traits which helped Woodson steal 71 passes over his illustrious career, retiring as the league's all-time interception-return yardage leader (1,483).

IN OUR VIEW: Every year some lanky cornerback draws the distinction of being this classes' Sherman (or Woodson) but Jackson might actually live up to the comparison. Like Sherman at Stanford, Jackson played both wide receiver and cornerback in college, a fact that honed both players' route anticipation and ball-skills. Questions about schematic fit pushed Sherman into the fifth round of the 2012 draft. In part because of the trail Sherman blazed, scouts won't make the same mistake with Jackson.


 2017 Season

  Jackson, a native of Corinth, Texas, is tied as the national leader with seven interceptions and earned all-conference recognition for the first time. He was named the Big Ten's Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year and earned the Jack Tatum Award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus. Jackson leads the nation with 25 passes defended and is tied for second in interception return touchdowns (two), and pass break-ups (18). He ranks third in interception return yards (163). Jackson's seven interceptions rank fourth best for a single season at Iowa, just one from tying Iowa's single-season record (Desmond King, 2015; Lou King, 1981; Nile Kinnick, 1939).

Jackson tied Iowa's school record with two interception returns for touchdowns (B.J. Lowery, 2013) at Wisconsin, covering 43 and 52 yards. The previous week, Jackson tied Iowa's school record with three interceptions in Iowa's 55-24 win over No. 3 Ohio State. Jackson also had a forced fumble at Wisconsin, and a blocked field goal in a win over North Texas. He has started all 12 games this season and recorded 47 tackles. Jackson was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award.


 2016 Season

  Saw action in 12 games, with one start at cornerback ... recorded 10 solo tackles, with one tackle for loss, along with four pass break-ups ... saw action in 45-21 win over Miami, recording one solo tackle ... saw action in 42-3 win over Iowa State, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 291 yards total offense ... did not see action in 23-21 loss to North Dakota State ... saw action in 14-7 win at Rutgers, but had no statistics as defense allowed just one touchdown ... saw action in 38-31 loss to Northwestern, recording one pass break-up ... saw action in 14-7 win at Minnesota, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 102 net rushing yards and 268 yards total offense ... saw action in 49-35 win at Purdue, recording one solo tackle and one pass break-up as defense allowed just 47 net rushing yards ... saw action in 17-9 loss to #10 Wisconsin, but had no statistics ... saw action in 41-14 loss at #12 Penn State, recording one solo tackle ... saw action in 14-13 win over #2 Michigan, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 201 yards total offense ... saw action in 28-0 win at Illinois, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 61 net rushing yards and 198 yards total offense ... saw action in 40-10 win over #15 Nebraska, as defense allowed just 90 net rushing yards and 217 yards total offense ... forced into fulltime action vs. Nebraska due to injuries and responded by matching career-high with two solo tackles and a career-best two pass break-ups ... started at cornerback in 30-3 Outback Bowl loss to #17 Florida ... career-best three solo tackles vs. Florida, including one tackle for loss.

 2015 Season

  Saw action in all 14 games, recording eight tackles and two pass break-ups ... saw first action of career in 31-14 win over Illinois State, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed 35 net rushing yards and 231 yards total offense ... saw action in 31-17 win at Iowa State, recording career-best two solo tackles as defense allowed no points and just 66 yards total offense in the second half ... saw action in 27-24 win over Pitt, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 55 net rushing yards and 282 yards total offense ... saw action in 62-16 win over North Texas, recording one solo tackle and one pass break-up ... saw action in 10-6 win at Wisconsin, but had no statistics as defense allowed no touchdowns and just 320 yards total offense ... saw action in 29-20 win over Illinois, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 46 net rushing yards ... saw action in 40-10 win at Northwestern, recording one pass break-up as defense allowed just 51 net rushing yards and 198 yards total offense ... saw action in 31-15 win over Maryland, recording one solo tackle ... saw action in 35-27 win at Indiana, but had no statistics ... saw action in 40-35 win over Minnesota, but had no statistics ... saw action in 40-20 win over Purdue, recording one solo tackle ... saw action in 28-20 win at Nebraska, but had no statistics ... saw action in 16-13 loss to Michigan State, recording one solo tackle ... saw action in 45-16 Rose Bowl loss to Stanford, but had no statistics.

 2014 Season

  Redshirted.

 High School

  Attended Imperial High, Imperial, CA.
Earned all-district honors ... Career - - Team captain as a senior while playing both wide receiver and defensive back ... helped team reach second round of state playoffs as a junior ... as a senior receiver collected 24 receptions for 485 yards and nine touchdowns ... also participated in basketball and track, qualifying for state track meet in the triple jump as a junior.


 Personal

  Born 4/03/96 ... physical therapy major ... parents are Vanessa and Paul Jackson ... high school coach was Michael Young.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
01/03/18 - CB Josh Jackson is turning pro after his junior season. Jackson had one of the highlight plays of the college football season, making a leaping, one-handed grab at the goal line in Iowa's big win over Ohio State. A week later, he returned two interceptions for touchdowns against Wisconsin. Jackson (6-1, 192) made eight interceptions and broke up 18 passes. According to NFLDraftScout.com, "While scouts will understandably be concerned with the fact that Jackson is essentially a one-year wonder with only 14 career starts, his 2017 tape is undeniable. He possesses an ideal blend of size, route anticipation and ball-skills that project very well to the next level, especially in a press-heavy scheme."
12/19/17 - Next week's Pinstripe Bowl in New York could be Iowa junior cornerback Josh Jackson's last game as a Hawkeye. Jackson said Tuesday that he is "50-50" on whether he will come back for his senior season, adding that he will likely announce his plans for 2018 after the Hawkeyes (7-5) face Boston College (7-5) on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium. "I've definitely thought about it ... I've talked with coach a little bit about it," said Jackson, who redshirted his first season and is set to graduate in May. "I've thought both ways, both perspectives." If Jackson leaves, he will be remembered for a college career that was brief but brilliant. After sitting out his first year, Jackson spent the next two seasons as a reserve. Iowa had an opening at cornerback after Thorpe Award winner Desmond King graduated, and Jackson won a fierce battle to claim his spot.

No one could foresee just how good Jackson would be in 2017 in his first season as a starter. He tied for the national lead with seven interceptions, returned two of those for touchdowns against Wisconsin and joined linebacker Josey Jewell as a first-team All-America pick. Jackson's numbers, along with his 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame and his abundance of physical gifts, have left many NFL draft pundits pegging him as a possible first-round pick in 2018. King was in a similar spot and chose to stay for his senior season. If Jackson follows suit, the Hawkeyes could enter 2018 with one of the best defenses in the country. "We joke about it," defensive coordinator Phil Parker said. "It's a decision he is going to have to make with his family and what's best for him ... if he chooses to go, I am happy for him and wish him the best of luck. If he stays, he'll be our best recruit in the (secondary)." - AP College Football

12/15/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Josh Jackson, Iowa,...Jackson, a native of Corinth, Texas, is tied as the national leader with seven interceptions and earned all-conference recognition for the first time. He leads the nation with 25 passes defended and is tied for second in interception return touchdowns (two), and pass break-ups (18). He ranks third in interception return yards (163). Jackson's seven interceptions rank fourth best for a single season at Iowa, just one from tying Iowa's single-season record (Desmond King, 2015; Lou King, 1981; Nile Kinnick, 1939). Jackson tied Iowa's school record with two interception returns for touchdowns (B.J. Lowery, 2013) at Wisconsin, covering 43 and 52 yards. The previous week, Jackson tied Iowa's school record with three interceptions in Iowa's 55-24 win over No. 3 Ohio State. Jackson also had a forced fumble at Wisconsin, and a blocked field goal in a win over North Texas. He has started all 12 games this season and recorded 47 tackles. Jackson is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and was named first team All-American by College Sports Madness. - Iowa Football
11/30/17 - 2017 BIG TEN TATUM-WOODSON DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Josh Jackson, Iowa...Jackson, a native of Corinth, Texas, is tied as the national leader with seven interceptions, and also earned all-conference recognition. He leads the nation with 25 passes defended and is tied for second in interception return touchdowns (two), and pass break-ups (18). He ranks third in interception return yards (163). Jackson's seven interceptions rank fourth best for a single season at Iowa, just one from tying Iowa's single-season record (Desmond King, 2015; Lou King, 1981; Nile Kinnick, 1939). Jackson was named the Jack Tatum Award winner on Tuesday and is one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award.

Jackson tied Iowa's school record with two interception returns for touchdowns (B.J. Lowery, 2013) at Wisconsin, covering 43 and 52 yards. The previous week, Jackson tied Iowa's school record with three interceptions in Iowa's 55-24 win over No. 3 Ohio State. Jackson also had a forced fumble at Wisconsin, and a blocked field goal in a win over North Texas. He has started all 12 games this season and recorded 47 tackles. Jackson is the third Hawkeye to win the Tatum-Woodson aAward in its seven year history, joining Micah Hyde (2012) and Desmond King (2015). - Iowa Football

11/16/17 - Another week, another noteworthy performance by Iowa junior CB Joshua Jackson (6-0, 193, 4.48, #15). Although it came in a loss, he accounted for both of the Hawkeyes' touchdowns with a pair of pick-sixes. In the last two weeks, Jackson now has five interceptions, accounting for 117 return yards, and the two touchdowns. His combination of athleticism, length and ball skills are the main reason for his production this season -- and the main reason why NFL teams will consider him in the first round of the NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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