The Dallas Morning News
Josh Jackson, Iowa
A three-sport star at Lake Dallas, Jackson didn’t have many options out of high school and went overlooked by most Texas programs. He signed with Iowa and was buried on the depth chart for a few seasons before blossoming at cornerback in 2017, leading the FBS in passes defended (26) and interceptions (eight).
For a cornerback, it is a fine line between reading the eyes of the quarterback and maintaining spacing, but Jackson is outstanding at this balancing act. Although tackling tends to be optional for him on tape, he has outstanding football intelligence and ball skills for an outside cornerback, and his desire to make plays is his best trait.