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Joshua Jackson had a fantastic junior season, recording 8 interceptions and 18 pass breakups in 13 games played. He was only a full-time starter for one season. Started 1 game as a sophomore, bringing his total career starts to 14 (including 1 bowl game). Played mostly in zone coverage at Iowa. Had a career day in a win over Ohio State, picking off J.T. Barrett 3 times, including a spectacular one-handed (Beckham style) interception late in the game. Led the Big Ten with the lowest passer rating of 32.2 when targeted.
Best Position Fit
Outside Corner in a Zone Scheme
Joshua Jackson is a ball-hawk. He reads the quarterbacks eyes well and jumps on the ball. Has outstanding size for the position, and long arms. His overall length gives him the advantage with 50/50 jump balls. Aggressive tackler, and he doesn’t back down from running backs. Only allowed a 40.2 passer rating on balls thrown his way in 2017.
Needs to work on his mechanics to become more fluid getting out of his back pedal and attacking the play in front of him. Lacks experience (1-year wonder). At times he attempts to body tackle receivers after they catch the ball. He needs to wrap up and make the tackle.
Joshua Jackson is not afraid to defend the run, and his overall length provides an enormous coverage radius. He is nowhere close to a finished product, and might not start on Day 1 in the NFL. This is a player without much experience, and a team that drafts him is betting on his future.