Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive Player Spotlight – William Jackson III

The Cincinnati Bengals defense will have its struggles this season. In addition, the weakest link will be the secondary. The team will already be without cornerback Adam Jones for a game after being suspended. That opens the door for last season’s first round draft pick William Jackson III, who missed all of his rookie season with a pectoral injury. He looks to step up and be the go to guy in the secondary behind Dre Kirkpatrick.

The Cincinnati Bengals needed a tall cornerback in a division that is pass happy. With receivers the likes of Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kenny Britt of the Cleveland Browns, a corner the size of William Jackson III is necessary. He has the ability to stay with players of this caliber. He loves to find the football in the air. He is the type that goes up and gets the ball at its highest point.

William Jackson III only started for one season at the University of Houston; however, the Cougars felt his impact. In that one season, he proved to be a ball-hawking defender. He ended up with five interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. He was a highly touted defensive back in the 2016 draft, and one of the most athletic in the class. If his play can translate from college to the pros, the secondary is heading in the right direction for this Cincinnati team.

This season could be a big season for Jackson III who hopes to get his first taste of professional football. With this being his “rookie” season statistically, do not be surprised to hear this kid’s name a lot. For not only good plays but also some bad throughout the season. He never really had much NFL talent to go up against when he was at the University of Houston but that does not take away from what he can do.

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