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Iowa Star Cornerback Josh Jackson Declares For NFL Draft

Iowa mascot pumps up the crowd.

The University of Iowa mascot leads players onto the field prior to the start of the 2006 Alamo Bowl football game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, December 30, 2006, at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas. Texas won 26 - 24. (Photo by Darren Abate/Getty Images)

Iowa All-American cornerback Josh Jackson is heading to the NFL Draft after his big 2017 season.

Josh Jackson was a serious playmaker on the defensive end for Iowa this year.

He finished the season with 48 total tackles (0.5 for loss), and led Iowa with eight interceptions and 18 pass breakups. He was one of two Iowa defensive stars to be named All-Americans by ESPN in December.

CBS Sports currently ranks Jackson as the No. 18 overall prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft and the top cornerback in the class. Today, he announced that he is heading to the Draft.

His full note:

"Dear Hawkeye Nation,

I want to first thank God for all the blessings in my life. Because without him, none of this is possible.

To the Hawkeye Nation - I have been blessed with the opportunity to play at the University of Iowa in front of the best fans in the world. Coming to Iowa City was the best decision of my life. To the academic, training, strength and coaching staffs who have been behind me every step of the way - thank you for pushing me everyday to be the best student-athlete I could be. After discussing with my coaches, family, and a lot of prayer, I have decided to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

I cannot thank Coach Parker, Coach Ferentz & Coach Doyle enough for the opportunity to wear the Black and Gold, and all of their support in growing me into the man, and Hawkeye, I am today. To all of the loyal fans, thank you for being there for me and this team through every up and down, and for your unwavering support. And to all of my Hawkeye teammates, the memories we've made on and off the field will last forever. We will always be brothers.

Growing up, it has always been my dream to play in the National Football League. I am excited for the next step and humbled by this great opportunity . I will always bleed Black and Gold. Thank you Hawkeye Nation!

-Josh Jackson"

While Iowa would love to have him back, since it appears that he has a very good chance of being a first round pick, this is a hard decision to knock.