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Redskins Rookie Enemies: William Jackson III

Hogs Haven Takes A Look At Opposing Rookie Players This Season

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William Jackson III, CB

School: Houston | Conference: AAC

College Experience: Senior | Age: 22

Height/Weight: 6-1 / 185 lbs.

Projected Draft Round: 2nd - 3rd | Actual: Round 1 (24th Overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals

NFL Comparison: Kevin Johnson

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Player Overview

A 3-star recruit, Jackson began his career at Trinity Valley Community College before transferring to the University of Houston in 2013. Jackson possesses good height and overall length for the cornerback position, with his frame lending itself best to a boundary corner role in the NFL. At Houston, he was the clear top dog on the defense and drew the opposing team's top wideout in coverage. Jackson reportedly earned a 3rd-4th round grade in last year's draft, but declined to enter as an underclassman to finish out his college career. Betting on himself looks to have paid off, because his best statistical season came in 2015, where he recorded 34 solo tackles, 5 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns) and an outstanding 23 passes defensed.

With a solid Combine showing in Indianapolis, including running a 4.37 second 40-yard dash, Jackson III vaulted from a Day 2 pick into the first round, selected by the Bengals at 24th overall. Unfortunately, Jackson tore his pectoral muscle early in training camp, meaning he will miss most or all of his rookie season.

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How He Improves the Bengals and Creates Problems for the Redskins

William Jackson III tore his pectoral in training camp and likely will miss most or all of the 2016 season, so he won't be facing the Redskins in London. Jackson III was one of my higher-rated corners in the 2016 Draft, a late first/early second round pick (better than Eli Apple, who was taken by the Giants at #10 overall).

The Redskins wide receiving corps will instead face a combination of Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard at cornerback. While Adam Jones is quietly still one of the NFL's better cornerbacks, the other two have struggled, and can be an area the Skins exploit.