General manager Brian Gutekunst doubled down on the secondary, taking Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson with the 45th overall pick.
The advantages of taking Jackson here are huge. He’s taller than first-round pick Jaire Alexander by roughly three inches and fits more of the mold the Packers usually prefer their cornerbacks.
Jackson had a dynamite final season at Iowa, deflecting 27 passes and intercepting eight passes. Wisconsin fans know him well, as he had two pick-sixes in the Hawkeyes’ loss to the Badgers.
He’s a very instinctive player who has strong route anticipation and is a classic ball hawk. That aggressive style should serve him well in defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s scheme.
Jackson didn’t have the best combine (4.60 40-yard dash) which likely affected his draft stock a bit, but the Packers gladly will take him where he fell.
Green Bay currently has no picks until round four tomorrow, but they have enough ammunition that they could trade up into third round if there’s a player available at a position they want.
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