Eddie Jackson – New Orleans Saints (11)
The first player from the Chicago Bears roster to go off the board is Eddie Jackson. There should be no surprise here. Jackson is one of the best safeties in the NFL. He has been a dominant force and even in a down year in 2019 was still quite successful. Jackson is an All-Pro who not only has a nose for the football, but also for the end zone. He has five touchdowns over three years. That is more than some offensive players see in their careers.
In reality, Jackson was taken by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round. His leg injury in college was a detractor, but Ryan Pace took on that risk and hit a home run by stealing Jackson. In the re-draft, Jackson was selected 11th overall by the New Orleans Saints. The team needed defensive back help badly and with Marshon Lattimore went fifth overall to the Titans.
Jackson would fit in nicely with the Saints and honestly would likely have had a similar start to his career. Both defenses bring decent pressure and Jackson would be able to take advantage of that pressure whether he was here in Chicago or down south in New Orleans. He may not have found his way for five touchdowns, but I would expect at least three on his resume either way.
Can you believe Pace was able to grab Jackson in the fourth round? He is not the only Bear to find himself in the first round.