With the 24th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft the Cincinnati Bengals select…
William Jackson III, DB, Houston
The Cincinnati Bengals will upgrade their secondary. William Jackson III was one of the guys on our top five draft board and the Bengals will have room to move and depth to cover injuries. It also could mean that Adam Jones could be moved to safety to help save his legs and body for the long season.
The Bengals lost Reggie Nelson and Leon Hall, they must prepare for contract talks with Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard has yet to stay healthy during a complete season. Jackson III has flexibility in coverage, tracks the ball well, and fights receivers through the catch to break up passes.
In Houston, William Jackson III had five interceptions, 23 pass breakups in 2015 and played in 12 of 13 games. He has solid height at 6-foot and great arm length. His 4.37, 40-yard dash will help close speeds on guys like Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown. He will also match up well against the Brown’s newest receiver Corey Coleman in size and speed.
The Cincinnati Bengals did not get Coleman, Josh Doctson, and Laquon Treadwell, which meant that it only made sense that the Bengals sure up their defense in some way. If the Bengals do what they have with the past few first round picks, Jackson III will see only light depth duty and get acclimated with the speed of the game behind Jones, Kirkpartick, and Dennard.
We welcome William Jackson III to Who Dey Nation and we can’t wait to see you on the field.