While Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach already traded for a cornerback this offseason in Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes for a 6th round pick, Hughes is a gamble and the cornerback situation still has some question marks. Adding another notable name with an NFL Draft pedigree for a low cost wouldn’t hurt.
A name that many Chiefs fan may remember that could make for an ideal target is Green Bay Packers cornerback Josh Jackson. The former Iowa Hawkeye was a 2nd round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft who was mocked to the Chiefs pretty frequently prior to the draft. Jackson was once seen as one of the best cornerback prospects in the entire draft along with prospects Jaire Alexander and Mike Hughes of course.
However, Jackson has been anything but a star in the NFL since being taken by the Packers. Jackson has struggled to stay on the field with his less than impressive play only playing 32% of defensive snaps in 2020. In fact, he was even considered a cut candidate according to a recent article by Alex Kay of Bleacher Report. The reason being that the Packers recently drafted two new cornerbacks in Eric Stokes and Shemar Jean-Charles and Jackson may not even make the 53-man roster along with the cornerbacks already on roster.
If the Chiefs wanted to add even more depth at cornerback for cheap then Jackson could be someone to look into given Brett Veach loves those former high-round prospects and a change of scenery could do Jackson good in salvaging his career.
The Chiefs could also use competition at the true outside cornerback spot as Jackson is just over 6’0″, 190 lbs, with the size and strength you would typically want in an outside cornerback. While Jackson isn’t an incredible athlete by any means, he possess really good technique and ability to disrupt at the point of catch as he showed flashes in his rookie season with 10 passes defended.
Jackson probably wouldn’t be too expensive to acquire, especially if Green Bay were to cut him anyway. The Chiefs do already have DeAndre Baker, Charvarius Ward, and L’Jarius Sneed who can play a little outside corner but if Jackson is to reach anywhere near his ceiling he could start on the Chiefs as the No. 1 outside corner in defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme.