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2016 NFL mock draft: William Jackson III to Panthers

The Denver Broncos, and general manager Anthony Marino, are on the clock!

With pick No. 30 in the 2016 Buffalo Rumblings Community Mock Draft, the Carolina Panthers, and general manager MBJBills28, have selected William Jackson III, cornerback from Houston. Here's what he had to say about the pick:

Cornerback, pass rusher, wide receiver, and offensive tackle were all in consideration for this pick. My top finalists were Jackson, Corey Coleman, Will Fuller, Kevin Dodd, and Germain Ifedi. With the retirement of Jared Allen the Panthers could use another pass rusher to add to the rotation. Even with Kelvin Benjamin returning they could also use an explosive wide receiver to take the top off of a defense and rack up yards after catch. I didn't consider Treadwell because he would be redundant with Benjamin and Devin Funchess. Michael Oher and Mike Remmers exceeded expectations but we're exposed in the Super Bowl and could use some competition.

Ultimately I decided to go with Jackson because of the value he presented at the end of the first round, plus he fits a position of need. They can find a situational pass rusher to develop behind Charles Johnson and Kony Ealy in the mid rounds, and they could get away with Oher and Remmers for another year, but still need to add some competition in round 2 or 3. Also getting Benjamin back should prevent the Panthers from spending a luxury pick on another wideout.

Jackson has the complete package. At 6'0", with a 4.37 40 yard dash he has the size, speed, and ball skills to translate to the NFL level even though he played against weaker competition. Josh Norman has been franchise tagged and wants to be paid like the top corner in the game. Bene Benwikere was inconsistent in his first year as a starter alongside Norman. This pick can be used as an insurance policy if things get ugly with Norman, and if they can lock Norman up to a new contract then they can have a feared long term duo of shutdown corners.

The Denver Broncos are now on the clock. Remember, when it's your turn to submit a draft choice, email it to

Draft Results

  1. Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
  2. Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
  3. Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
  4. Cowboys: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
  5. Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
  6. Ravens: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
  7. 49ers: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
  8. Vikings: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
  9. Buccaneers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
  10. Giants: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
  11. Bears: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
  12. Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
  13. Dolphins: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
  14. Raiders: Vernon Butler, DT, LA Tech
  15. Rams: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
  16. Lions: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
  17. Falcons: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
  18. Colts: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
  19. Bills: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
  20. Bengals: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
  21. Eagles: Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky
  22. Texans: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
  23. Redskins: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
  24. Jets: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
  25. Steelers: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
  26. Seahawks: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
  27. Packers: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
  28. Chiefs: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
  29. Cardinals: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
  30. Panthers: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

Dan's top five remaining

  1. Kenny Clark
  2. Jaylon Smith
  3. Robert Nkemdiche
  4. Laquon Treadwell
  5. Jonathan Bullard

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