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2016 NFL Draft: Cincinnati select William Jackson III with the 24th pick

Pick AnalysisWith the 24th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select William Jackson III, CB, Houston.


Pick Analysis

With the 24th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select William Jackson III, CB, Houston. The Bengals have made a habit of drafting defensive backs in the first round, Jackson being the third in the last 4 drafts. The Bengals now have a pretty promising defensive backfield. Jackson III has all the tools you would want in  a corner. He has good size and he lit up the combine with one of the fastest 40-yard dashes in the whole event. He has a real knack for finding the football, racking up 7 pass break ups in just one game this season. Jackson III will be able sit and develop behind other corners and at 24 is a relatively good value pick. (Remy Cabache)

Player Analysis

Jackson has two things in particularly going for him.  Firstly, he has the combination of length at 6ft tall and top level speed which he confirmed at the combine with his 4.3 speed.  Secondly, he had huge production, during his senior year in particularly with 23 pass breakups (including 7 in one game versus Temple) and 5 interceptions in 2015.  That all reads very impressively, but fails to also mention a lot of busted plays, poor positioning that he’s fighting to recover and catch up from, and losing the ball in the air at times.  He’s a little bit lean and lightweight that sees him struggle to get off blocks to support the run game and can be out-muscled by some bigger receivers.  There’s a possibility he’s going to get found out quite a bit at the next level.  For those reasons, a first round pick would be risky, and Jackson is graded here more as a late second round prospect rather than closer to the first.  There’s a lot of natural talent to work with though, as a hard working player who never looked like he would let his natural athleticism allow him to take it easy.  An area that is under-discussed to Jackson’s game is how effective he is as a gunner on punt coverage units, getting on top of the returner exceptionally quickly to halt many returns before they’ve begun. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B+


2016 NFL Draft: Cincinnati select William Jackson III with the 24th pick

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