CB, Dane Jackson, Pittsburgh
Tell me if you’ve heard this before, “we want long corners who can be physical at the line of scrimmage and disrupt the receivers timing!” That was our gateway to recreating the Legion of Boom under Kris Richard’s guidance…
Until it wasn’t……
So in need of a cornerback or two, let’s go and get a corner with good ball skills in man coverage! We good?
Jackson stands at 5’11”, 180 pounds with 30 7/8″ arms and 8 3/4″ hands. Nothing about Jackson says big, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing physical and feisty against some BIG receivers at the Senior Bowl.
More importantly, Jackson is doing this lined up on the outside. On 1-on-1s, he matched his opponent step for step and cut off throwing lanes by anticipating their breaks on time. All this was good enough to earn him a Defensive Practice Player award of the week, voted by his teammates.
So how does this work for the Cowboys? This draft is loaded with cornerbacks bigger than Jackson and with the nature of the position, several of the top corners could find themselves available at the end of the second round. With Jackson only now starting to gain traction, there is a possibility he could be available for the Cowboys in the fourth round.
The combine could change this for the better or worse, but with the crop of talent available it makes smaller, yet solid, corners like Jackson a lesser sought-after commodity.