The Dallas Cowboys selected Eastern Michigan running back Darius Jackson with their sixth round (No. 216 overall) selection on Saturday. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6-foot, 221 pounds
Rankings: Scout.com did not rank Jackson among its NFL prospects.
The skinny: Jackson had his best season in college in 2015, rushing for 1,067 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns for the Eagles. He also caught 21 passes out of the backfield for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
What Cowboys are getting: A back that caught some serious eyeballs at his pro day, thanks to his sub 4.4 times in the 40-yard dash. He possesses unbridled athleticism, as he played two sports in high school and showed off a 41-inch vertical leap. He has great athletic traits, but he needs development. He's not at a NFL level in pass blocking and, even with his speed, he only caught 43 passes in his college career, though some of that could be due to poor quarterback play. He has the NFL build for a running back, but it will be a jump from the MAC to the NFL in terms of dealing with the in-game punishment.
CowboysHQ.com Grade: C-minus
Postins’ Take: I caught him in his first game of the season against Old Dominion, and he had a huge first quarter on his way to 117 yards rushing and two touchdowns. When he gets in the open field he's awfully hard to catch, and ODU found that out the hard way. His 40 time would have been the second-best among running backs at the combine. He's the quintessential "Harley-Davidson player on a moped team." And those are a dime a dozen in the NFL. It's a crowded backfield now with the selection of Ezekiel Elliott. Still, that speed is an asset and that gives Jackson a window to making the team on special teams. His best path is to do enough to get the Cowboys to keep him around the practice squad so he can develop. But his pass-catching and blocking must improve.
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