ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper is a big fan of Iowa defensive back Josh Jackson.
In his latest 2018 NFL mock draft, Kiper said the cornerback was the best player at his position this past season.
“He was phenomenal in his lone season as a starter, picking off eight passes, including three in the Hawkeyes’ win over Ohio State,” Kiper said. “Jackson was the best corner in college football in 2017.”
Kiper said while there is a question about his speed, Jackson’s length will help. Kiper has Jackson going No. 15 overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
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Jackson announced two weeks ago that he would be leaving early to go to the NFL. He revealed his decision on Instagram.
The 6-foot-1 star posted 48 tackles with 8 interceptions and 2 touchdowns this season. Going by Kiper’s assessment, Jackson will be a first-round pick.