Cardinals’ Josh Jackson has “ball hawk” ability

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Cornerback Josh Jackson was a consensus First-Team All-America winner in 2017 after a dominant season at Iowa.

He made noise with eight interceptions to lead the nation, two of which he returned for touchdowns. His ability to carry the ball made Jackson a desirable prospect, and the Green Bay Packers selected him in the second round in 2017.

The Arizona Cardinals signed Jackson this week to a one-year contract, after the 26-year-old started just five games in the past three years. Jackson has yet to intercept a pass in the pros.

He has yet to find a home in the NFL, but CBS Sports NFL analyst Charles Davis thinks Jackson deserves another look in a new system.

“I really liked him going out with that ball hawk ability,” Davis said. Bickley and Marotta of Arizona Sports. “There can be some coincidences with that. But beautiful projections. When you show me ball skills and show me takeaways, you’re gonna get second and third looks from me because that’s so valuable in the game.”

Davis said Jackson played in a zone pattern in Iowa and used his size and ball skills to make plays.

One knock on Jackson from draft analysts is that he struggled to change direction, which Davis said caused corner issues against double moves and faster receivers.

Jackson played just nine defensive snaps for the Kansas City Chiefs last season after playing a big role with the Packers in 2020.

Davis still sees potential in Jackson’s physical ability, and the Cardinals need an edge in that position.

“What you have is a good sized wedge, the whole thing. It’s going to be interesting to see how they try to use him and see if he can get back to his ball-peddling ways,” Davis said.

The Cardinals rely on Byron Murphy Jr. and Marco Wilson at the corner. Antonio Hamilton, rookie Christian Matthew and Breon Borders represent team depth with Jackson.

The team needs help on the outside with Murphy more equipped in the slot, where Jackson could potentially fit in.

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