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Bengals sign first-rounder to complete class

On Friday the Bengals sent out the following press release:

The Bengals today signed cornerback William Jackson of the University of Houston, their first-round selection (24th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Bengals have now signed all seven of their selections.

"It's great to have all our guys officially in the fold before our minicamp next week," said head coach Marvin Lewis, "and Will is obviously at the head of that list. We see him as a guy can come in right away and make the 46-man roster on Sundays. He's got excellent athletic skills, speed, length and a lot of great qualities to be a great player at the pro level. His ability to play the ball in the air, to play around receivers and not be cumbersome around receivers, is just excellent."

Jackson clocked an outstanding 4.37 in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he led the nation in 2015 with a school-record 23 pass breakups, in addition to five interceptions. His 28 total passes defensed also led the nation. He returned two of his INTs for touchdowns.

He closed his career in style, earning Defensive MVP award in Houston's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win over Florida State. His effort for the game included two INTs, two additional pass breakups and a career-high 10 tackles.

 Draft choices for 2016 signed previously by the Bengals are second-rounder Tyler Boyd (WR from Pittsburgh), third-rounder Nick Vigil (LB from Utah State), fourth-rounder Andrew Billings (DT from Baylor), fifth-rounder Christian Westerman (G from Arizona State), sixth-rounder Cody Core (WR from Mississippi) and seventh-rounder Clayton Fejedelem (S from Illinois).

With the 24th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Bengals select William Jackson from Houston

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