Photo of Darius Jackson
Drafted By: Cowboys
Grade
4.9 ?

Draft Analysis:

Jackson is an exceptional athlete with marginal football instincts. He likely won't get many chances to run behind Dallas' offensive line in camp so his special teams play will need to impress early. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 221LBS. Weight

Analysis

Strengths

Showed off a rare combination of size, speed and explosiveness at his pro day. Posted a sub-4.4 40-yard dash with a vertical leap of 41 inches and a broad jump of 11-foot-1. Long-strider with ability to cut strides when needed for short area change of balance and cuts. Has build­up speed to turn the corner and go when play flows wide. Has size to slip through arm tackles. Productive pass catcher. Can make variety of adjustments to secure poor throws. Has punt coverage background.

Weaknesses

Upright runner with high pad level through the holes. Slows himself and braces for contact rather than finishing carries with authority. Not as competitive a runner as he needs to be. Too many short runs or losses against soft boxes. Will duck head into hole and short-­circuit vision for necessary cuts. Cuts lack suddenness and post-­cut burst. Dancer with a lack of decisiveness as a runner. Vision is well below average.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Bottom Line

The tape doesn't come close to matching the astounding pro day numbers that Jackson posted, but his combination of size and athletic traits could very well get him drafted. Jackson doesn’t have the vision or decisiveness to be a zone runner and appears to lack the physicality needed as downhill gap-­scheme back. While Jackson has the traits to compete on special teams, his tape looks like a practice squad player for now.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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