Dallas Cowboys Draft Two Miami Hurricanes in Round 5 of NFL Draft

Joe Jackson #99. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Joe Jackson #99. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys address the defense with two Miami Hurricanes, corner Michael Jackson and edge rusher Joe Jackson, in Round 5 of the NFL Draft.

The fourth player selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2019 NFL Draft has the finger prints of defensive assistant coach Kris Richard, architect of the “Legion of Boom’ secondary utilized by the Seattle Seahawks in two trips to the Super Bowls XLVIII and XLIX, all over it.

If you’re familiar with veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, one of the key members of those great ‘Hawks secondaries, you’ll see some similarities in Miami cornerback Michael Jackson.

Standing 6-1 and weighing 200 pounds, Jackson is sometimes confused as the intended wide receiver in highlight videos. His height is one reason as he’s often taller than the receiver he’s covering, but his ball pursuit is the other reason.

Jackson took many turns with the ‘Turnover Chain’ with the ‘Canes, a once great program that’s had a resurgence in recent seasons. He comes from a culture at the college level that should translate instantly to Richard’s fascination for creating turnovers and intimidation in his secondaries.

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The second Hurricanes defender – and the second Jackson – is Joe Jackson, an edge rusher for the defensive line.

I’m wondering if Taco Charlton has taken note of this.

Or Robert Quinn, for that matter.

Joe Jackson is a big, thick defensive end that will remind you more of Charlton than Randy Gregory, who’s noticeably lighter and quicker. Joe Jackson doesn’t have the explosion that a right defensive end like DeMarcus Ware or Charles Haley had, but he makes up for that in power.

Joe Jackson is 6-4, but weighed in at 275 at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Cowboys want to slim him down a bit to play the edge, or if they let him play with a few more pounds of muscle and utilize his mass and strength.

Joe Jackson does’nt look like he’ll be starting this season, but the hope is that he makes the team and can function as part of the necessary rotation upfront. This is not a glamor pick by any means, but it could end up a good pick down the road.

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Great pass rushers aren’t always found early in the first round of the NFL Draft. In fact, many highly touted 4-3 edge rushers drafted early on completely wash out. This is possibly the next-hardest position to fill on an NFL roster, and sometimes the real gems are found much later on. Time will tell what becomes of Joe Jackson, but like his teammate of the same last name also joining the Cowboys from Miami, he comes from an aggressive culture of creating turnovers and being rewarded for it and this should fit the Rod Marinelli game plan well.

  • Published on 04/27/2019 at 20:50 PM
  • Last updated at 04/27/2019 at 20:50 PM