Chris Emma of 670 The Score in Chicago is reporting that the Chicago Bears have met with two of the top cornerbacks at the NFL Combine, Ohio State’s Denzel Ward and Iowa’s Josh Jackson. Ward and Jackson were both All Big Ten First-Team Defensive selections by the media, and the Big Ten coaches voted Jackson 1st team with Ward on the 2nd team.
Both players will be drafted in the first round.
Ward (5’10”, 191) has thrived playing press coverage with the Buckeyes on the outside, but some scouts feel his height makes him a better fit at nickle in the NFL. Last year he had 37 tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions, and 15 passes defended. As a backup in 2016, playing behind first round picks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, Ward had 9 passes defended.
Jackson (6’1”, 192) had his coming out party against Ohio State when he picked off three passes, but he followed that up with two more against Wisconsin. On the season he had 48 tackles, 8 interceptions (2 for TDs), and 18 passes defended. The converted wide receiver didn’t really take hold of a starting job on defense until the 2017 season, but he had a heck of a season.
What are your thoughts on these two players? Would eight overall be too soon to take a corner?