The Eagles had a need for more defensive end depth. Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Josh Sweat are the only three locks to be on the team this season. Joe Ostman and Matt Leo are competing to make the roster.
From a long-term perspective, Graham turned 33 in April and has 10 NFL seasons under his belt. Barnett and Sweat currently aren’t under contract beyond 2021.
Jackson, who had some good college production, will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot as a depth/developmental player.
Here’s a scouting report via NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
Stocky defensive end with the strength and balanced base that helped him stack up production against Sun Belt competition over the years. He’s tough and aggressive at the point of attack, but is not a natural bender, which could hurt his ability to fight off angle blocks and anchor down against NFL opponents. He has a quick arm-over move that will serve him well when looking for gaps off the snap. Jackson is a face-up rusher missing the agility and athleticism to consistently win as an NFL rusher, but his motor and strength to press through the edge are worthy play traits. He has the type of build that could have teams looking to move him to three-technique if he adds weight.
College stats via Sports Reference:
Relative athletic score:
Tarron Jackson is a DE prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 5.64 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 594 out of 1361 DE from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/nHvBLSodlp #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/XpcvY1JHoa— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 12, 2021
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