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Thumbs up or down: William Jackson III

Many expected the Bengals to draft a receiver, but they opted to bolster their secondary instead. Was picking Jackson a smart decision? Coley Harvey answers

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Bengals pick so far through Round 1: William Jackson III, CB, Houston, 24th overall. Their next pick is No. 55 in the second round Friday.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

William Jackson III says he wasn't sure the Bengals were as high on him as they apparently were. He said he bonded well on his visit with DB coach Kevin Coyle

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals DC Paul Guether says of Myles Jack: "He was part of the process." Cincy was evaluating the injured LB.

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Bengals expecting big things from Jackson

Cincinnati first-round draft pick and former Houston CB William Jackson III led all of the NCAA in pass breakups in the 2015 season.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals DC Paul Guenther says CB William Jackson III has the best upside of any corner in the draft. He and DBs coach Kevin Coyle harping a lot on Jackson's speed. (4.37 40 at the combine)

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis on William Jackson III: "He fits what we do." Lewis believes he could play rather quickly. Likes his hands, foot speed and quickness.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

William Jackson has great speed, can play press and he finishes at the point of attack. Develop and improve the technique. He has all the tools to be a very good corner for the Bengals.

Stats & Info

Bio Blast: William Jackson III

Cincinnati nabbed Jackson with the No. 25 overall pick. Jackson led the FBS in passes defended in 2015 with 28.

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Bengals select William Jackson III at No. 24

Cincinnati has taken former Houston CB William Jackson III with the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Results & analysis

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Kiper scouting report: William Jackson III

Get to know the newest Bengal, No. 24 overall pick William Jackson III. Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the former Houston cornerback.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

With the 24th pick, the Bengals select CB William Jackson III, Houston. No WRs for Cincinnati this year after all.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting subplots here. Looks like the Vikings and Bengals at 23 and 24 were both thinking of drafting Josh Doctson. Both teams got burned by Washington and coach Jay Gruden, who traded down a spot to get Doctson. Ironically, Gruden previously coached in Cincinnati with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Marvin Lewis. Another former Bengals assistant, Hue Jackson, drafted another Cincy target: Corey Coleman.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

With two picks before their selection, the Bengals must be having some interesting internal conversations right now. Josh Doctson, Myles Jack, Laquon Treadwell still available ...

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Shaq Lawson seemed to long be a Bills lock, but he would have been an intriguing pick for the Bengals. Cincinnati already has two d-linemen who played at Clemson (Brandon Thompson and DeShawn Williams). Lawson also played high school ball at Daniel High in Central, S.C., the same place that produced Williams -- and DeAndre Hopkins.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

As the draft moves into pick No. 15, some notables still available for the Bengals: Josh Doctson, Corey Coleman, Myles Jack, Shaq Lawson, Will Fuller.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

In Cincinnati, they wait. A number of special Bengals fans are wandering around Paul Brown Stadium awaiting pick No. 24.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Stacy Elliott, Ezekiel's dad, said this to me earlier this spring: "Ezekiel has a skill set that can ... make running backs relevant in this modern NFL." That's what a dad is supposed to say, but he may very well be right.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Joey Bosa third overall; the first surprise of the night ... And the first Buckeye off the board. How many Ohio State players go Round 1?

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

How about this? Per ESPN Stats & Information, the most successful (in terms of the number of Pro Bowlers) draft picks since 2000 are the 1st, 9th and 24th overall picks. Each have produced 10 Pro Bowlers in that span. Will the Bengals at 24 find another tonight?

Mocks: Who will the Bengals draft at No. 24?

A look at whom the ESPN experts think Cincinnati will pick at No. 24 in Round 1 of tonight's NFL draft (8 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN):

  • Mel Kiper Jr.: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
  • Todd McShay: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
  • Louis Riddick: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
  • NFL Nation: Doctson
NFL draft cheat sheet (Insider)

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The last time the Bengals drafted a WR in the first round it was this guy (A.J. Green, 4th overall, 2011). Will they do it again tonight?

Team Stats

Passing Yards245.215th
Rushing Yards112.813th
Points For26.27th
Points Against17.42nd

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