Cleveland Browns: Top 5 cornerback targets in the 2018 NFL Draft

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Denzel Ward (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Denzel Ward (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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1. Joshua Jackson, Iowa

For this list, Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick is counted as a safety for NFL play, not a cornerback.

Iowa’s Joshua Jackson played tremendously all year, and has earned himself the distinction of number one on this list, as well as the number one cornerback in the eyes of many scouts.

On the year, Jackson collected a very impressive eight interceptions, to pair with 18 passes defensed and 48 total tackles. In his best game of the season, he grabbed a hat trick of interceptions against J.T. Barrett and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

At 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds, Jackson is expected to run a blazing 4.5-second 40-yard dash time at the Scouting Combine. Like Isaiah Oliver, he will probably test off the charts come March 5th.

The freaky athletic Jackson is also very coachable, and is seemingly the most ready for the next level out of any cornerback in the 2018 NFL Draft class. He is the number one cornerback on most draft boards, and it will take an earth-shattering event for any of that to change.

There is not much to say about Jackson that has not already been said. He is the most ready, most coachable, and safest pick at cornerback this year. Not to mention, he comes from the University of Iowa.

For one reason or another, players from Iowa tend not to bust under any circumstances. There are droves of “meh” players from Iowa, but it is hard to find a truly awful bust that came from a former Hawkeyes roster.

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If they draft him on day one, expect Jackson to be exactly what the Browns need; an electrifying player who can make plays on the back end of the defense.