Josh Jackson said his 40-yard dash goal was to run a 4.4 at the NFL combine. He missed that mark on his first attempt, but the potential top-15 pick still posted a solid number.
Jackson posted a 4.49-second (unofficial) 40 time Monday morning.
Josh Jackson runs 4.49-second 40-yard dash at NFL combine
— NFL (@NFL) March 5, 2018
Jackson had a breakout season for Iowa in 2017. He had 8 interceptions and was a consensus All-American.
Land of 10’s Bobby La Gesse broke down why the 40 time was important for Jackson, who is battling Ohio State’s Denzel Ward to be the top cornerback picked in the 2018 NFL Draft.
There isn’t a consensus No. 1 cornerback in this draft. Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick is a likely top five pick, but he’s a safety with the versatility to play the nickel as a corner.
Former Ohio State star Denzel Ward and Jackson are the top two potential shutdown cornerbacks on most prognosticators draft boards.
At 6-foot, Jackson brings the height and length NFL teams crave. He is a ballhawk and anticipates plays before they happen.
Like Jackson, Ward excels at making plays. He is arguably the best cover corner in the draft and his athleticism will play well in a combine setting.
Not much separates the two in the eyes of evaluators, but it isn’t going to take much for one to jump above the other.