William Jackson III
CB - WAS
Week 2 Outlook
The Washington Football Team is signing free agent cornerback William Jackson to a three-year, $42 million deal with $26 million guaranteed.
It's a big payday for Jackson, who was arguably the top remaining cornerback on the market. Through 14 games last season, he tallied one interception, 11 passes defended, and 45 tackles. He'll now join a Washington defense that came on strong to end the 2020 season.
William Jackson played with a torn labrum in his shoulder the entire 2019 season.
Jackson announced that “he’s fully healthy and ready to go.” He spent the entire 2019 season playing with a torn labrum. “I don’t know how I did it, but I did it,” Jackson said. “It was painful every game.” Despite playing through an injury, he managed to rack up 37 tackles three defended passes and one interception across 14 games. Jackson is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is currently outside the top-125 defensive backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Cincinnati Bengals first round CB William Jackson has suffered a torn pec.
This is a huge blow to a Bengals team that was depending on Jackson to improve their ageing secondary. Jackson was selected 24th overall in this years NFL draft. Still, draft the Bengals defense as it should still be tops in the league.
The Bengals selected CB William Jackson III as their 24th pick.
The Bengals took the best on the board as their 24th pick. Some had hoped for a WR but Jackson is a solid addition to the defense. He led the nation in passes defended last year at Houston and also added 23 passes broken up and five interceptions. He needs to become more physical in pass coverage and become stronger in run support, all things that can be properly coached. He needs development and will likely not become a starter for another year or two.
Sam Monson at College Football Focus says that Jackson may indeed the best CB in the 2016 draft class. His size, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, fits the profile that teams covet and Jackson was PFF's 'second-highest graded cornerback in coverage, in 2015.' Jackson had a tremendous Combine, turning in a 4.37 40-yard dash, and a 9.67 broad jump.
Jackson just needs time to acclimate himself to the speed in the NFL and when he accomplishes that, his potential will be limitless. He might come off the board Day 1 of the draft.