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.

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