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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. was impressed with the Bengals' draft class and assigned them an A- for their work in Chicago.

If you're a longtime Kiper disciple, it shouldn't be a surprise that he offered a lofty grade to the Bengals. As the analyst himself noted, "I don't know how long it has been since I've had a low grade on a Cincy class. They have a plan and they consistently get excellent value." He specifically cited Baylor DT Andrew Billings (fourth round) and Arizona State G Christian Westerman (fifth round) as strong values.
May 5 - 10:17 PM

The Bengals' draft class earned a B on Evan Silva's report card.

"[First-round CB Williams] Jackson has elite ball skills -- he led the nation in pass breakups last season -- and runs 4.37 at 6-foot, 189," Silva wrote. "[Second-round Pitt WR Tyler] Boyd is a high-floor pick who can play in the slot and provide a possession-receiver presence following Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu's departures." The analyst loved the value of Baylor DT Andrew Billings in Rd. 4 and Arizona State C/G Christian Westerman in Rd. 5. "Cincinnati has become one of the league's better drafting teams," he wrote. "This was another rock-solid haul."
Source: Rotoworld
May 3 - 5:47 PM

Steelers selected Houston WR DeMarcus Ayers with the No. 229 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Ayers (5'9/182) was an undersized-if-prolific playmaker, parlaying 142 career catches into 1,687 yards (11.9 YPR) and nine touchdowns, also scoring once on a punt return and once on a kickoff. Ayers proceeded to disappoint at the Combine, running a painfully slow 4.72 forty with a 33-inch vertical. Ayers does have terrific hands, securing 99-of-101 catchable targets in 2015 according to College Football Focus. Ayers will try to make it as a situational slot receiver with punt return value.
Apr 30 - 5:54 PM

Patriots selected Houston ILB Elandon Roberts with the No. 214 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Roberts (5'11/234) only started one year, making the most of it by ranking fourth nationally in tackles (142), including 19 TFLs and six sacks en route to first-team All-American Athletic Conference accolades. He also excelled at Houston's Pro Day, running 4.6-flat with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Roberts is undersized for an NFL inside linebacker, but he finished his college career fast and has an arrow pointing up. He should help on special teams immediately.
Apr 30 - 5:27 PM

Bengals selected Houston CB William Jackson III with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Jackson (6'0/189) started 2 1/2 seasons for Houston, amassing eight career interceptions and leading the nation in pass breakups (28) as a senior. He allowed just 40 percent of the passes thrown his way to be completed over his final two seasons, before answering pre-draft speed concerns by blazing 4.37 in Indy. Jackson's drawbacks are his weak playing strength and deficiencies in run support. He may need a year in an NFL weight room before making a legitimate push to start.
Apr 28 - 10:59 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that Houston CB William Jackson could make for an ideal Josh Norman replacement with the Panthers.

Speaking on NFL Network's Path to the Draft, Jeremiah said, " If I'm going to look at a corner [at No. 30], I would say William Jackson is the best fit ... he's got that size, he's got great ball skills, ran a lot faster [at the NFL Scouting Combine] than I expected him to." The analyst is referring to Jackson's 40 time of 4.37 seconds. He acknowledged that the idea that any rookie could "fill in" for Norman is somewhat outlandish, but thinks Jackson could eventually develop into that kind of corner. During April, he has visited the 49ers, Rams, Bengals and Jaguars.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 1:04 PM

Houston LS Nolan Frese attended the Texans' local prospect workout on Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 236-pounder is a long-snapper only. But he's quite good at that, earning All-American consideration last year after not botching a single snap in any situation.
Apr 16 - 12:00 PM

Houston T Alex Cooper visited the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder, who also participated in the Texans' local prospect workout on Saturday, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.23 seconds at the Cougars' Pro Day. He added 23 reps on the bench and a 8-8 broad jump and a 28-inch vertical leap. Cooper was a second-team all-conference selection in 2015 who has starting experience at left tackle, right tackle and right guard.
Apr 15 - 8:20 PM

Houston RB Kenneth Farrow probably won't get drafted but should, argues Pro Football Focus.

Over the past two seasons, Farrow had PFF's fourth-highest overall and seventh-highest rushing and receiving grades at his position. On the topic of his passing-game value, Farrow allowed just 10 QB pressures and caught every catchable target over the last two years. Not only that, but he tested really well at Houston's Pro Day. He's thoroughly unsexy, but Farrow could absolutely carve out a solid little NFL career and will likely not cost much to acquire.
Apr 14 - 1:48 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell believes Houston CB William Jackson "could be in store to have a slide on draft day."

Campbell's thought process goes like this: Jackson roared up draft boards after the Combine to teams who he's a schematic fit with. To the other teams, he remains a late Day 2 or early Day 3 prospect. Campbell is proposing that if the teams who offer a sound schematic fit pass on Jackson early, he may fall from the late Rd. 1 area he's climbed into back into back to the Rd. 3 he climbed out of. We'd be shocked if Jackson isn't at least taken in Rd. 2, but it's an interesting hypothetical to keep an eye on.
Apr 13 - 4:45 PM

Houston CB William Jackson visits the Bengals and Jaguars this week, according to Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson.

This is on the heels of visiting the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams. Jackson has been a busy man during recent weeks, and signs point to him being the third corner off the board on April 28. In fact, WHIII has a real chance to be a top 15 selection. Teams who covet size at the position could prefer Jackson over Mackensie Alexander.
Apr 12 - 9:24 AM

Houston CB William Jackson jumped to No. 15 overall on Mel Kiper's newest Big Board.

"He has moved up during the draft process, showing above-average physical traits that are right in line with what you see on tape," Kiper wrote. "Going into January, he was a second-round pick, but I think he's firmly in the first round now, and potentially the second cornerback drafted." The 6-foot, 189-pounder, who led the country with 28 passes defended in 2015, boasts 31 3/4-inch arms and a 4.37 forty time.
Apr 6 - 1:14 PM

Houston CB William Jackson visited the Ravens last week and the Raiders on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Jackson could be a top 15 selection and the third corner off the board. We all were anticipating a great Senior Bowl week, but Jackson was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury. However, Jackson ignited the hype train against by running a 4.37 forty at the NFL Combine, despite his other tests coming back very average to below average. ESPN's Louis Riddick is a big fan of Jackson's game and called him the best cover corner in the class.
Apr 6 - 9:33 AM

Houston CB William Jackson has moved squarely into the first-round mix and "has the upside to take off in the pros," according to ESPN's David Bowen

"Jackson is a smooth athlete with the transition ability to flip his hips and go," Bowen wrote. " like his balance and footwork in his backpedal, and he has the talent to develop even more as a true press-cornerback with pro coaching." The 6-foot, 189-pounder boasts 31 3/4-inch arms and a slick 4.37 forty time. Jackson led the country with 28 passes defended in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 1 - 4:54 PM

Houston CB William Jackson is visiting the Dolphins on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Jackson is definitely in play at No. 13 overall, especially with the strong possibility that Jalen Ramsey and Vernon Hargreaves are off the board. ESPN's Louis Riddick has called Jackson the best cover corner in the class, and we wouldn't be surprised if teams rank him accordingly as the No. 2 or 3 defensive back. He is in the same tier as Clemson's Mackensie Alexander.
Mar 29 - 9:13 AM


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