By Nick Freimuth The Packers first pick of the 2017 NFL Draft was defensive back Kevin King. They added safety Josh Jones with their second pick. This year cornerback Jaire Alexander opened up the Packers’ picks. Round two Green Bay selected yet another top secondary prospect in Iowa’s Josh Jackson. By the numbers, Green Bay has now spent six of their top eight picks dating back to 2015 on the defensive secondary. Not only is it an acknowledgment of their fails in 2015, but shows the importance of defending the pass in the NFL today.
Packers fans remember 2016, the Packers also doubled down on defensive backs with their first two selections. Damarious Randall was added in the first round and Quinten Rollins was added in the second. Green Bay has really struggled with sustainable secondary talent in the last three drafts. Under first year general manager Brian Gutekunst, Packers’ Nation hopes the new man calling the shots has the right recipe for success.
Josh Jackson ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the combine. He is 6’1” and 192 pounds with a vertical leap of 38 inches. The 2017 FBS Defensive Back of the Year led the nation in interceptions with eight last season. The 47th overall pick of the draft completely restructures the Packers secondary and allowed Green Bay to snare two first-round talents to start the 2018 NFL Draft.