Houston Cougars cornerback William Jackson came into the combine with questions about his long see. He answered them in spectacular fashion, blazing through the forty yard dash with a time of 4.37.
Jackson has crushed all questions. One must ask themselves "why not?" Jackson has the production and the size that first-round projected cornerbacks in Vernon Hargreaves and Mackenzie Alexander lack. Maybe the fact that Jackson played in a weaker conference will hinder his stock, and the fact that fellow late riser and Houston Cougar alum D.J Hayden has struggled could give general managers pause.
But Jackson is indeed a complete corner. He is already adept in the finer aspect of coverage's, playing zone and off man. His press technique could use refinement, as he sometimes uses, for example, his right arm to press an lined up on the right sideline, giving receivers an easier inside release. This is easily correctable
Nevertheless, Jackson has seen his stock rise, which will ensure that he will not be on the board at the time of the second round Ravens pick.
While he might be too rich of an option at number six, the Ravens could look to trade down with a quarterback needy team, like the Eagles (despite Bradford's extension) and the Rams to acquire picks and select what could turn out to be a blue-chip prospect in Jackson.