William Jackson II

University of Houston
CB #3
6’1″ 185

Pros:

  • Height and length will draw many suitors
  • PFF’s sixth highest rated corner; fourth in coverage
  • Allowed a QB rating of 53.9 (5 INTs and 12 PD)
  • Was an impact blocker on the punt team; will likely be an immediate contributor there
  • Possesses the anticipation, ball tracking, and timing traits that few corners in this class covet
  • Plays with great vision and route recognition
  • Understands assignment in zone
  • Physical player who isn’t afraid of contact

Cons:

  • Susceptible to head fakes and good footwork
  • Loses balance at the top of routes
  • Frame has room to grow at 185 pounds; bigger receivers may have their way in Press
  • Lacks form tackling
  • Coverage technique needs refinement, particularly his back pedal

The former JUCO product (one year at Trinity Valley CC) made a splash in first season in 2013, playing in all 13 games with four starts in the second half of the season and finishing second on the team with seven pass breakups. The following year Jackson was a force for the Cougars where appeared in all 13 games (12 starts) and was second in the AAC with 10 breakups; he tallied two interceptions, 37 tackles, one fumble recovery and a forced fumble en route to second team All-AAC honors. He was a ball hawk in 2015, setting a Houston single game record with seven pass breakups in the AAC Championship game, while also setting a Houston single season record for pass breakups with 21 to go along with his five interceptions. He started 13 games and was named first team All-AAC by Phil Steele while earning Peach Bowl Defensive MVP honors.

Pro comp: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Projected draft value: 2nd round

 

 

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