Kiper 2016 Mock Draft 4.0: Steelers Select Houston CB William Jackson III 25th Overall

Houston - William Jackson III

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released the latest version of his mock draft on Wednesday and it includes several surprises not related to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

For starters, Kiper again has the Steelers selecting Houston cornerback William Jackson III with the 25th overall selection just as he did in his last mock draft. Kiper writes of his choice for the Steelers.

The Steelers could be a better secondary away from Super Bowl contention, and while you don’t want to rely on rookies back there too often, Pittsburgh doesn’t have a choice and should add talent wherever there’s value to be had. Jackson is rising on boards everywhere and could be a good get at this stage.

There’s no doubt that the Steelers have interest in Jackson as not only does he check several boxes when it comes to what they look for in a cornerback, they also had a large contingent at his March pro day that included head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert. Should the Steelers ultimately wind up selecting a cornerback in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Jackson will likely be the pick.

Kiper, by the way, has Jackson coming off the board one pick ahead of Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple as he has the Seattle Seahawks selecting him 26th overall. As far as other new developments in Kiper’s latest mock draft, he now has Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander and Eastern Kentucky edge-rusher Noah Spence both falling into the second round.

As I have noted recently after breaking down Alexander’s tape from 2014 and 2015, I won’t be shocked if the Clemson cornerback winds up being a second-round selection.

As for Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings and Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler, Kiper still has both players falling outside of round

  • Lost Loves

    My dream pick!

  • Brian Tollini

    I would be fine with the pick, but less so with Billings available.

  • steelburg

    I’m hoping Jackson III is the pick. I think he is a perfect fit system wise. My current mock looks like this:

    1. William Jackson III CB, Houston
    2. Vernon Butler DT, Louisiana Tech
    3. Karl Joseph S, West Virginia or Vonn Bell S, OSU
    4. Charles Tapper OLB, Oklahoma
    6. Jacob Coker QB, Alabama
    7. DeAndre Elliott CB, Colorado State or Tavon Young CB, Temple
    7. Jay Lee WR, Baylor

  • Nolrog

    I would have gone OL in the 6th, not QB. Otherwise, I like it a lot.

  • Paddy

    You mean Kiper?

  • steelburg

    I reserved at least 2 spots for offense I think they could go OL, RB, QB or WR with the 2 spots. I really think that 1 will be QB due to all of the interest that they are showing in QB’S. I think they take a QB either in the 6th or the 7th so they could very easily take a OL in the 6th and the QB in the 7th.

  • FATCAT716

    I would go DL in the 6th. I think we need to double dip at CB & DL. But other than that would love that draft

  • Big White

    It’s a good pick. He has the size and measurables that fit the Steelers mold. I believe he’s the only CB they would consider at #25.

  • Addison

    I hope they go front 7. That’s what wins Super Bowl. Check out the last couple.

  • Sdale

    I would really like that draft.

  • steelburg

    Why double dip at DL? We loss 1 quality starter in McClendon, Vernon Butler can play both NT/DE and we just signed Ricardo Mathews and we still have L.T. Walton and Caushaud Lyons. That leaves Walton, Lyons, Heyward, Tuitt, McCullars, Mathews, Butler, that’s 7 to battle for 6 spots with at least 1 being inactive every game. I disagree I think the team is content and are planning to add 1 top 3 draft pick at DL from this class.

  • John

    Nice first 4 picks. We could only be so lucky. You must be kidding with the sixth rounder though. Why not just forfeit the pick? It is the same result.

  • Michael James

    That would be great of course, but I see no realistic scenario where Joseph lasts until our pick in round 3. Butler being there for our second round pick is a stretch, too.

  • Ike Evans

    Dave, has there been a correlation the last few years with guys theyve had dinner with? I cant remember if shazier had dinner with tomlin …bud did though

  • steelburg

    It’s possible that Joseph will be gone that’s why I added Bell as an alternative. But this is my theory 1 of those top defensive linemen will be there in the 2nd there are to many good ones and players always slide that most don’t expect to something happened with Tuitt.

  • Jollyrob68

    Steelers want to draft a qb to battle Jones and Jones is in the last year of his Contract. Don’t be surprised if they take one in rd 3-4.

  • steelburg

    Tell that to Antonio Brown lol. I’m hoping Coker picked up some of what A.J. Mccarron had at Alabama. Pluse Coker played on offensive for two guys who could easily call plays in the NFL. That’s what intrigues me about him the National Championship run is just the icing on the cake for me I would seriously consider him late.

  • John

    Take either the WB from USC or Orgon in Round 7. The guy from Aalabama cannot play.

  • John

    QB that is — and Oregon. Alabama is the other word.

  • falconsaftey43

    You mean Denver that had the best CB trio in the league (Harris-Talib-Roby), or Panthers who had the best CB in the league (Norman) or NE who rented really good CBs for a 1 year run (Revis, Browner), had a great S (McCourtey), and won the SB with a goaline interception by an up and coming CB (Butler)?

  • FATCAT716

    I agree to a extent but obviously the team has not been confident in our current depth at defensive end to rarely sub Heyward or Tuitt out. We lost or gained depending on how you look at it a starter in McClendon & a “depth” in Thomas. Not sure I’m confident in what we have on the roster

  • SteelersDepot

    The problem is that I’m unsure how many of those dinners go unreported. It’s much easier to track pre draft visits as we seem to get almost all of them every year.

  • John21

    Picks 1-3 would be home runs!

  • Ask Questions Later

    William Jackson III would be nice. My issue is that corners usually are highly sought after early in the draft anyway. In addition, considering the drop-off after Vernon Hargreaves III, some teams will reach for corners.

    Now, do I see WJIII being there at 25? It is possible. Now, if Andrew Billings is there and he is gone, what then?

  • Ask Questions Later

    I would avoid Tapper. He is quick-twitch and his explosion is on par with Clowneys, but he is more suited towards a 4-3 attacking end/pass rushing defensive tackle specialist. Guy is not too good setting the edge nor holding POA.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Not just him. Keep in mind that Raiders GM Reggie comes from the Al Davis tree (i.e. Big corners or not interested tree). I would expect them to reach for him UNLESS Elliot is available.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Doesn’t matter really how well your backfield is. You could have a backfield composed of Tyrann Mathieu, Troy Polamalu, Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman, and EJ Gaines (underrated so badly). Should you have a mediocre front seven, outside of Troy, the rest really cannot do anything. If anything, remove Troy and they will be giving up some serious rushing yards; setting up play-action as a result.

  • Ryan

    I love Jackson dude is a stud. Ill take him over Apple that’s for sure.

  • steelburg

    See that’s the 1 thing I’m not concerned about. If we can teach Jarvis how to set the edge and be solid against the run I’m confident they can teach Tapper.

  • Ask Questions Later

    That is the issue. Edge rushers need more than explosiveness. While I did say he is quick twitch, his ankle flexion and hip flexibility are poor. Dupree has a similar problem, but he trumps out due to his godly explosive power.