PFF scouting report: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

Sam Monson and the PFF draft analysts breaks down Houston's William Jackson III ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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William Jackson III

PFF scouting report: William Jackson III, CB, Houston


Here is the PFF draft profile for Houston cornerback William Jackson III, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here

Position fit:

Outside CB in a man-heavy scheme, with ability to play zone but a slower adjustment.

Stats to know:

Had second-highest coverage grade in the nation and allowed just 47.4 percent of targets to be caught in 2015

What he does best:

• Smooth athlete that can match receivers and run with them down the field when needed.
• Has ball skills. Picked five passes off this season and got his hands to another 13 to break them up
• Wasn’t shied away from in college, and despite 97 targets, allowed only 46 catches and two TDs all season
• Excellent recovery speed. Plays where he misses his jam at the line but still recovers to close the window and make it very difficult to complete a pass on him
• Competes for the ball. Is actively fighting to force the ball out at the catch point rather than just make the tackle and give the reception up for lost

Biggest concern:

• There are mental lapses on his tape, and motion in particular seemed to cause major issues for the Houston defense. Could translate to a bumpy transition learning a new defense at the next level.

Bottom line:

With Ramsey more of a moveable chess piece on defense, William Jackson III may be the best pure cornerback available in the draft, and is one of the few top players at the position who ticks all of the boxes for some teams when it comes to measurables and size as well as play. Last season he graded outstandingly well and he seems to have everything teams want in a top cover guy with room to get even better.

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Sam is a Senior Analyst at Pro Football Focus, as well as a contributor to ESPN.

  • Mike J.

    Jackson seemed to be getting better at the end of the season. He is good now, but hasn’t reached his ceiling by any means.

  • Johnny Hatelak

    Assuming Ramsey will not be a pure CB Jackson is my favorite CB prospect in this draft.

  • steve

    Bengals drafted him right before Steelers,who were going to take him.