NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Could Saquon Barkley fall to the Redskins at No. 13?
By Ian Cummings
The Oakland Raiders didn’t get an interception until Week 11 of the 2017 regular season. Their defensive backfield lacked the presence of a playmaker; a true ballhawk. By picking Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson, they’ll get just that.
The Oakland Raiders used their first-round pick in the NFL Draft last year on a cornerback as well, picking Gareon Conley late on Day 1. Despite that selection, the need at that position still exists. Conley, albeit promising, is still in the early stages of his development, and Sean Smith can’t be relied on as a consistent starter.
Jackson, standing at 6-foot-2, is an enticing talent. He only had one year of quality starting experience in college, but he made it count, nabbing eight interceptions en route to a historic season for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
He may not be the most refined prospect, but he plays with an edge, and he has a knack for getting his hands on the ball and making plays. The Raiders will be happy to have Jackson. He’ll turn the tide for an unimaginative defense, giving them a true playmaker to pair with Conley.