Moments after being selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, William Jackson III joined Lance McAlister on 700WLW. And, it didn't take long for the speedy defensive back to express his desire to help bring the Bengals the Super Bowl win they've been seeking for far too long.
"I'm just ready to play for some great football guys and we can get it together and we can get better and try to bring a Super Bowl to the Cincinnati Bengals," Jackson said on air with McAlister.
When asked if he thought the Bengals were going to be drafting him, Jackson admitted he didn't think that would be the case. "I thought they were interested, but I didn't think they were going to pull the trigger on it... I wasn't expecting it at all," he said.
Jackson also said he believes Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is a great guy and they've already had some conversations about what he'll need to work on heading into this season.
"As a player, everybody has something to work on, and he said I can take time to work on that and he'll be there to support me through it," Jackson said of Guenther. "I'm just ready to get out here and show Cincinnati what I can do."
As far as which Bengals player Jackson is excited to work with, that designation seems to go to Adam Jones. "Pacman Jones has been in the game for a long time so I kind of want to get under his wing and see what he does and how he prepares to be in the league for so long," Jackson said.
He also mentioned Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis as two NFL players whose games he tries to emulate.
After hanging up the phone, Jackson planned to lay down, shut the door to his room and just take in what had just happened to him -- being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft after playing football since he was three-years-old. He'll be in Cincinnati today and looks forward to meeting his new teammates, who he says he currently knows none of.
"It's definitely crazy," Jackson said. "I've been thinking of this moment for all my life and for it all to come true, it's truly a blessing."