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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers select William Jackson III

The Pittsburgh Steelers select William Jackson III with the 25th in the POD Community Mock Draft.

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With the 25th pick in the Pride Of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select cornerback William Jackson III. JJ2672 is the acting general manager for the Steelers. Below is the rationale for the pick.

The Pittsburgh Steelers front office prides themselves in taking the best available player. However, the best available in this case might be needed to hem the Steel Curtain. Cornerback and safety are obvious needs. Defensive line and the linebacker corp needs much needed depth and to help prepare for the future, plus the offensive line can use some help.

The Steelers are on the cusp of something great for 2016. They need a starting playmaker that can contribute day one on the roster out of their first-round pick, not a depth guy to rotate in and then start in 2017 for the defensive line and linebacker positions; that is for Round 2 and beyond. So the next star to be enshrined in the Steal Curtain is William Jackson III!

A cornerback standing at 6 feet with 4.3 wheels and good ball skills will fit in just nicely for the Steel Curtain. He has good instincts, he diagnoses plays well and reacts quickly. He struck me as the most mature cornerback, play wise and character wise. He needs to work on his aggressiveness, but I'm sure the Steelers can help him with that.

Eli Apple was a choice, but he only had two college years experience and is still a little under ripe for my taste for Round 1. Artie Burns didn't burn bright enough for my liking. An undersized trash talker out of Mackensie Alexander is not what is needed right now. The Bengals would agree with me. Safety Karl Joseph is awaiting medical checkup. Torn knee ligaments are not something I want to gamble on for starting caliber Round 1 talent. I really liked hard-hitting Safety Keanu Neal here also. But a strong cornerback prospect out of Jackson III won out.

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Check out our 2016 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.