Eagles grab edge rusher Tarron Jackson with the 191st pick
With their second selection in a flurry of late-round picks, the Philadelphia Eagles took Tarron Jackson, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound prospect out of Coastal Carolina at #191 overall.
Tarron Jackson checks all the boxes to be a potential rotational player at the next level. With a late start to his football career, Jackson drastically improved in each collegiate season, and it feels like he has yet to reach his full potential. The former basketball player shifted his focus to football as a sophomore in high school and wasn’t a highly-touted prospect by many big-time programs.
The prospect out of South Carolina took his talents to Coastal Carolina but suffered a freak complication from a deep thigh contusion after a calcium deposit formed, causing him to rehab for several months. Jackson said it was the most significant adversity he had to face but came out of it with a humbled attitude and resilient work ethic.
The relentless pass rusher saw his sack totals increase every year at Coastal Carolina:
- 2018: 3 sacks
- 2019: 8.5 sacks
- 2020: 10 sacks (single-season school record)
Jackson plays with one of the highest motors in this year’s draft class and has very active hands at the point of attack. It’s rare to find a play where he is not giving 110% effort, which occasionally can leave him out of position as a run defender. One last thing that caught my eye about Tarron Jackson is that the ferocious defensive lineman is one of the most academically intelligent players in this year’s class. He graduated from Coastal with a degree in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Actuarial Science, which is just another testament to his strong work ethic.
Mandatory Credit: Coastal Carolina University Athletics