2016 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0: Free Agency Week Edition
A virtual unknown to most fans prior to the combine, William Jackson III definitely made his mark on the 2016 combine, and has moved up the boards of just about everyone in the process.
He was one of only five defensive backs to post sub 4.5 40-yard dash times at the combine, and displayed good ball skills in position drills.
The Houston Cougars’ cornerback fits the style of defender the Browns covet. Relying on good technique and mechanics, he stays with routes well, and has displayed the ability to disrupt the passing game. He likes to play physical, but will have to bulk up to continue his style at the NFL level.
He has experience in man coverage and zone, but appears more comfortable in man schemes, isn’t afraid of matchups, and will challenge any receiver for every pass.
Playing opposite of Joe Haden would be a tall challenge for Jackson III, but fortunately, the AFC North is devoid of significantly imposing second receivers at the moment.
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The Browns have a need at the cornerback position, and even if Jackson III doesn’t prove to be a day one starter, he’ll add value in depth, and should eventually develop into a starting cornerback for Cleveland.
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