The Eagles’ second pick during the sixth round is in. At No. 191, Philadelphia selects defensive end, Tarron Jackson, out of Coastal Carolina.
SIXTH ROUND OVERLOAD
Last night, general manager Howie Roseman traded down with the North Carolina Panthers. In exchange for their No. 70 pick, the Eagles would take No. 73 and No. 191, totaling four sixth-round possibilities (No. 189, 191, 224, and 225).
Rather than focusing on quantity over quality, Roseman traded No. 225 and No. 240 (seventh-round) for a 2022 fifth-round pick with the Washington Football Team.
Using two of their now three sixth-round picks, Philadelphia focused on the defense. At No. 191, the selection went to Coastal Carolina’s Tarron Jackson.
SIZE DOESN’T ALWAYS MATTER
At 6-foot-2, 254-pounds, Jackson is a smaller defensive end, but his production says otherwise.
After suffering injuries his first two seasons and redshirting, he finished his sophomore year with 58 total tackles and three sacks. He was named third-team All-Sun Belt Conference.
Then named first-team All-Sun Belt as a junior, he set a Coastal Carolina record with 60 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, ten sacks, and two forced fumbles.
His senior year was no different, recording 54 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Jackson was named first-team All-Sun Belt a second time, first-team All-American, and Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year.
JACKSON’S FUTURE WITH THE EAGLES
Jackson’s scouting report via NFL’s Lance Zierlein stated, “Stocky defensive end with the strength and balanced base that helped him stack up production against Sun Belt competition over the years. He’s tough and aggressive at the point of attack but is not a natural bender, which could hurt his ability to fight off angle blocks and anchor down against NFL opponents. He has a quick arm-over move that will serve him well when looking for gaps off the snap. Jackson is a face-up rusher missing the agility and athleticism to consistently win as an NFL rusher, but his motor and strength to press through the edge are worthy play traits. He has the type of build that could have teams looking to move him to three-technique if he adds weight.
Jackson will join Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, Joe Ostman, and Matt Leo.
The Eagles were undoubtedly thinking about the future with this selection as Ostman and Leo compete to make the roster. Barnett and Sweat are also only under contract through this year.
Philadelphia’s next pick is No. 224.