Darius Jackson, RB
School: Eastern Michigan | Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 220 lbs
Projected: Late Rounds or UDFA | Actual: 6th Round (Pick 216) by the Dallas Cowboys
Darius Jackson is sort of an enigma. He has the size and speed NFL scouts drool over and recently had an amazing Pro Day where he tested extremely well in every category. You would think his combination of speed and size would lend itself to him dominating the lesser competition in the MAC. He did dominate except for the times he didn't. Jackson has 3 games this year where he's rushed for under 60 yards. While that isn't terrible at face value you want to see more out of a player with such athletic and physical talent. Then comes the issue of Jackson playing on a terrible Eastern Michigan team (they only won 1 game this year). The offensive line was terrible and the team constantly played from behind and passed a lot to try and get back in the game. When you look at it from that standpoint the production Jackson managed to put up this year becomes more impressive.
He is likely a day 3 prospect and conversations about him not playing to his size v. dominating the competition v. being on a terrible team are sure to have been discussed by teams looking for a running back late across the NFL. Teams will also be weighing the gravity of if his senior season. Is it an indication of his future or more of a one hit wonder?
How He Makes the Cowboys Better and Creates Problems for the Redskins
Darius Jackson won’t be creating many problems for the Redskins. He is unlikely to see the field behind Zeke Elliot, Alfred Morris, and Darren McFadden. Even with the injury to McFadden currently Jackson is just too raw of a player to rely upon in a significant way right now for the Cowboys. Jackson certainly is an interesting piece of clay to mold due to his physical profile but he has yet to figure out the nuances of the position and fully use his physical skill set to his advantage. It’s possible Jackson could carve out a special teams role for himself but he’s a likely healthy scratch on Sundays.