William Jackson III, CB

School: Houston  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 189 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.372.56-10 ----
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.322.561.5210 -9'8"--

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Player Overview

A JUCO transfer, Jackson became a full-time starter at Houston in 2014 as a junior and led the team with 12 passes defended, adding 37 tackles and two interceptions.

The 2016 class of senior cornerbacks appears to be an underwhelming group at initial glance, but a senior corner who stands out in a good way is Jackson, who will be an attractive prospect due to his NFL ingredients.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: At the next level, scouts and coaches covet speed at the position, but teams also want size and length to better match-up with the physical pass-catchers in the NFL. Jackson is a good-sized athlete for the position with an aggressive attitude that serves him well, doing a lot of wide receiver-like things at the catch point.

Brackets receivers against the sideline with terrific instincts and coverage sense to take away short passes and not get beat deep. He looks comfortable in either press-man or off-man. Balanced off the snap and extends his hands to jam in press-man coverage. Quick out of his stance to shadow routes, reading the receiver to sense throws and get his head turned to react accordingly.

WEAKNESSES: Does he have the short-area agility to hold up vs. the quick pass-catchers at the next level? NFL scouts will keep their eyes trained on his transition technique during pre-draft workouts.

He will find himself off-balance in press and needs to refine his technique, anticipation and route recognition to eliminate false steps. Has some hip tightness. Allows receivers to drive him off the route with hard-stops or physical push-offs. Needs to better anticipate routes and improve his spatial awareness to close gaps at the stem. Lacks a second gear to recover if the receiver gains a step late vertically. Will panic and get grabby at times, attracting obvious penalties. Needs to better square up his targets as a tackler.

IN OUR VIEW: His body type, arm length and physicality at the catch point are why Jackson might be the first senior corner drafted. Projects as a day two pick.

--Dane Brugler (2/10/16)

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