Josh Jackson discusses potential NFL future
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Iowa’s All-American cornerback Josh Jackson, who put together one of the finest seasons ever for a Hawkeye defensive back, announced Wednesday that he was going pro. 

He announced his decision in an Instragram post on Wednesday morning. 

Jackson, a highly athletic defensive back, finished with an FBS-best eight interceptions in a season that ended with him earning unanmous All-American honors. He returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns. His eight picks tied a program record.


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Jackson was a lightly recruited prospect out of Texas and he developed into a highly productive player with prototype size (6-foot-1, 192 pounds) and athleticism (he was an elite high jumper in high school). He didn’t start at Iowa until the final game of his redshirt sophomore season, in a loss to Florida in the 2017 Outback Bowl.

He entered this season as a bit of an unknown, but foreshadowed what was to come in the season-opening win over Wyoming with an interception of Josh Allen, another potential first-round NFL Draft pick. Jackson was at his best in big games, recording three interceptions in an upset of Ohio State and returning two picks for touchdowns in a loss at Wisconsin.

Jackson became a hot name among draft prospects. He’s considered a likely first-rounder in April’s NFL Draft. 

Jackson told reporters all along that he was aware of what was being said about him by NFL scouts, but that he wanted to wait until after the season to announce his decision. He is on pace to earn his degree in physical therapy in May, although preparing for the April draft may put that on hold.


The Iowa junior cornerback is aware that he’s considered the nation’s best, however. He…