The Bengals picked William Jackson III with the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Following a run on wide receivers that saw Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson, Laquon Treadwell, and Will Fuller all taken off the board before they picked, the Bengals felt Jackson was the best player available at pick No. 24.
The pick is seen by some as a surprising one, given the fact that cornerback was not being discussed as one of the team's biggest needs heading into the draft. However, the Bengals are known for picking the player who they feel is the best available when they're on the clock. If Jackson is the player they felt was the most talented and best fit for the team, it probably shouldn't be seen as a surprise at all.
Following a turbulent offseason, the Bengals had quite a few positional needs to address. The Bengals haven't yet re-signed Leon Hall who, at one time, was considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. However, he's recently battled injuries and lackluster performances on the field. They currently have three former first round picks at the cornerback position in Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Darqueze Dennard, but it appears that they are still trying to inject as much talent into the defensive backfield as possible.
Jackson had a dynamic career at the University of Houston. He amassed five interceptions and a country leading 23 pass breakups in 2015 with the Cougars. He's a tall player at 6'0" with the kind of athleticism to keep up with most receivers. However, he's not a particularly physical player and tends to get pushed around at the line of scrimmage. He could end up being a solid starting slot corner, but he also could take a year or two to develop.
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