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Packers sign second-round CB Jackson

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May 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm.

The Green Bay Packers signed second-round cornerback Josh Jackson to a four-year rookie contract, the team announced on Thursday.

The move comes two days after the Packers signed 2018 first-round pick Jaire Alexander, who is also a cornerback. Green Bay has 10 of its 11 draft picks under contract, save for third-round linebacker Oren Burks.

Like Alexander, Jackson is expected to provide immediate help for a Packers’ pass defense that finished 23rd in the league in 2017 with 236.8 yards allowed per game.

Jackson was a wide receiver when he arrived at Iowa before shuffling to the defensive side of the ball. The 45th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft recorded a nation-best eight interceptions — with two being returned for touchdowns — for the Hawkeyes last season.