Wednesday’s draft decisions: Top CBs to turn pro

The Sports Xchange

January 03, 2018 at 3:13 pm.

Two top junior cornerbacks declared for the 2018 NFL draft on Wednesday.

Auburn’s Carlton Davis, rated as a late-first round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, and Iowa’s Josh Jackson announced their decisions on social media. NFLDraftScout.com projects Jackson as a potential second-rounder.

Davis (6-foot-2, 203 pounds) broke up a team-high 11 passes and held Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk to 62 yards on eight catches. He also limited Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley to three receptions for 34 yards. Both of those receivers are probable first-round picks.

NFLDraftScout.com wrote: “Long and athletic, Davis is at his best up close in man-to-man coverage, showing the aggressive hands to latch onto receivers and disrupt their timing, as well as the smooth hip turn, acceleration and quick throttle-down to blanket in coverage. These cover skills, along with a penchant for big hits and reliable open-field tackling likely will result in a first-round selection.”

Jackson had one of the highlight plays of the college football season, making a leaping, one-handed grab at the goal line in Iowa’s big win over Ohio State. A week later, he returned two interceptions for touchdowns against Wisconsin.

Jackson (6-1, 192) made eight interceptions and broke up 18 passes.

According to NFLDraftScout.com, “While scouts will understandably be concerned with the fact that Jackson is essentially a one-year wonder with only 14 career starts, his 2017 tape is undeniable. He possesses an ideal blend of size, route anticipation and ball-skills that project very well to the next level, especially in a press-heavy scheme.”

Also declaring for the draft Wednesday was Florida State tight end Ryan Izzo. The redshirt junior reeled in 20 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games this season.

Michigan received good news when defensive end Chase Winovich announced he would stay for his redshirt senior season. He made 77 tackles, including 18 for loss and eight sacks this season.