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Bengals miss out on WR, draft cornerback

Posted: 11:18 PM, Apr 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-29 04:30:14Z

CINCINNATI – William Jackson III figured he had a better chance to be drafted by the Steelers than the Bengals.

Mark the date. Bengals finally beat Steelers at something.

After missing out on the top wide receivers, the Bengals took  a cornerback in the first round for the third time in five years when they grabbed the University of Houston speedster with the 24th pick  Thursday.

"We've always said that we draft cover guys and (pass) rushers," defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. "That's always been our philosophy."

Cincinnati took the 6-foot-2, 189-pounder  to add to first-rounders Dre Kirkpatrick  in 2012 and Darqueze Dennard in 2014.

Jackson led the nation in passes defended in 2015 with five interceptions and 23 pass breakups.

SEE Jackson's draft profile

The Bengals don't need a corner as much as they need a receiver, though they parted with 2007 No. 1 pick Leon Hall in the offseason. But they weren't going to reach for a receiver in the first round and apparently saw more upside in Jackson.

Besides, Adam Jones isn't getting any younger.

Jackson was rated the second-best CB in the draft and was projected as a second-round pick.

The top four receivers were gone by the time the Bengals picked.  Hue Jackson and the Browns grabbed Baylor's Corey Coleman at No.15, and then the three teams picking right ahead of the Bengals took the rest, with Notre Dame's Will Fuller going to the Texans, TCU's Josh Doctson to the Redskins and Mississippi's Jaquon Treadwell to the Vikings.

"Well, they got players who we felt would be productive in the league, but that's the way the draft works," coach Marvin Lewis said of the run on receivers. "There were a lot of players that went before us that we wouldn't mind having, but we got one of the ones we really wanted."

The Steelers, following the Bengals, picked Miami cornerback Artie Burns.

SEE the first-round picks.

Expect Cincinnati to grab a WR yet, possibly in the second or third rounds Friday night (7 p.m.). Ohio State's Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller are still out there, along with Pitt's Tyler Boyd, Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard and South Carolina's Pharoah Cooper.

Rounds 3-7 begin at noon Saturday.

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