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49ers held visit with first round CB prospect, William Jackson III

Would the 49ers spend a first round pick on a defensive back for the third time in four years? Or is Jackson someone they could grab in the second?

The San Francisco 49ers have met with several cornerbacks in the lead up to the 2016 NFL Draft, and we can add another first round candidate to the list. The team hosted Houston cornerback William Jackson III on a recent visit, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. Jackson has reportedly met with the Rams, Ravens, Raiders, Dolphins, and Steelers and has visits planned with the Jaguars and Bengals.

Jackson stands 6'0 and weighs 189 pounds, with 31 3/4" arms. He ran a 4.37 40 at the NFL Combine, coming off a season in which he had five interceptions and 28 passes defended. Jalen Ramsey and Mackensie Alexander look like the first two defensive backs off the board, but Jackson seems to have a decent chance of going in the first round.

Jake Narayan broke him down early last month. He saw a guy who has great instincts and ball skills, and excellent recovery speed. Weaknesses included issues with open-field tackling, and working on his patience.

The 49ers have reportedly held visits with three other cornerbacks: Mackensie Alexander (Clemson), Eli Apple (Ohio State), and Eric Murray (Minnesota).

Scouting reports

Niners Nation
Behind The Steel Curtain
Draft Breakdown video
USA Today