UH’s William Jackson III visits Ravens, Raiders

University of Houston cornerback William Jackson III visited the Baltimore Ravens and the Oakland Raiders, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.

Jackson works out privately for the Chicago Bears this week and has five upcoming team visits prior to the NFL draft.

Jackson also has visited the Miami Dolphins.

Jackson has met privately with Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, general manager Kevin Colbert and secondary coach Carnell Lake.

The former Wheatley High School star ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds at the NFL scouting combine in February.

At his Pro Day, Jackson stood on his combine 40-yard dash time and registered a 4.32 in the pro agility drill and a 6.86 three-cone drill Thursday.

Jackson led the country last season with 28 passes defended and also intercepted five passes, returning two for touchdowns. And NFL teams covet imposing cornerbacks like the 6-0 3/8, 186-pound Wheatley native.

“You watch him on film and you see the same guy I saw here,” said Minnesota Vikings secondary coach Jerry Gray, a former Texas All-American and four-time Pro Bowl cornerback. “He can go get the ball. He can cover anyone in our league. You see him against good teams, especially Florida State in the bowl game, and you can see how his confidence grew and how he can make plays.”

Jackson’s package of height, wingspan and cover skills has intrigued NFL teams.

“Jackson is definitely a first-round draft pick,” an AFC scout speaking on condition of anonymity said. “He’s a shutdown guy, for sure.”

“What I like about him is he has the confidence to match up with any wide receiver no matter how big or fast they are,” an NFC scout said. “He’s got every tool you could ask for from a corner. I could see him getting drafted higher than 25th. I don’t think that’s his ceiling.”

Jackson was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player in the Peach Bowl win over Florida State as he piled up 10 tackles, two interceptions and two pass breakups.

“Every league needs tall corners,” Houston coach Tom Herman said. “He turned a lot of heads running the time he ran at the combine. That, coupled with not just his height, but long arms for a 6-1 guy and the wingspan of a 6-2, 6-3 guy, to run that fast and turn on the tape and see how productive he is, he’s obviously climbing up a lot of people’s boards.”


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