The Cowboys started the fourth round with picks 128 and 136. With the 128th pick, the Cowboys decided to grab a running back, Memphis’ Tony Pollard. He’s a speedy, versatile back and he’ll serve as the second-back behind Ezekiel Elliott.
Tony Pollard might not be the prototypical running back as a true every-down backup to Ezekiel Elliott but he can make plays all over the field. He scored touchdowns as a running back, wide receiver and return man. He topped at with 78 carries last... https://t.co/sxqtHMbOdh— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) April 27, 2019
Cowboys offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore was a big part of this selection as he tries to add more weapons in the offensive backfield.
Whether or not Kellen Moore will be able to devise a way to use Pollard is going to be the key component here:
Tony Pollard is going to be an excellent fit in Lincoln Riley's offense in 2020.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) April 27, 2019
Tony Pollard is a MUCH better fit behind Ezekiel Elliott than Trayvon Williams. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) April 27, 2019
All jokes aside, we’re talking about a really good running back that adds another dimension of speed to equation.
#Cowboys draft RB Tony Pollard (6’0”, 210) from Memphis. 4.3 at his Pro Day.— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) April 27, 2019
With that speed, it’s no surprise that he’s also well-versed in making guys miss:
Tony Pollard ranked 6th in his draft class in % not tackled on 1st contact at 41.8%— PFF DAL Cowboys (@PFF_Cowboys) April 27, 2019
A very versatile running back indeed, he is solid in the passing game, and here is a look at his production from last season:
Tony Pollard had 318 all-purpose yards in the Birmingham Bowl.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) April 27, 2019
Pollard definitely has confidence in himself, he was asked to compare his skills with a player in today’s NFL:
New Cowboys RB Tony Pollard at the combine was asked who he compares himself to: "I would say I can compare myself to Alvin Kamara. ... Just him being able to play running back, line up in the slot, be dynamic, be a playmaker, kick return, return kicks, being able to do that."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 27, 2019
New Cowboys RB Tony Pollard ran 78 times for 552 yards and 6 TDs last season. He also caught 39 passes for 458 yards and 3 TDs— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 27, 2019
The Cowboys decided to trade out of pick 136 and then traded again:
Cowboys get pick 158 and 218 for pick 149. They move back again.— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) April 27, 2019
After trading back from pick 149, the Cowboys finally made their first selection in the fifth round at pick 158.
New Cowboys CB Michael Jackson on his private pre-draft workout with Dallas DB coach Kris Richard: "He's old school. He's got some swag to him. He came in with the blue Nike shirt on with the blue and white matching Air Max 95 (shoes). I was kinda shocked. I ain't gonna lie."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 27, 2019
Rd 1 WR Amari Cooper— Cowboys Nation (@CowboysNation) April 27, 2019
Rd 2 DT Trysten Hill
Rd 3 G/C Connor McGovern
Rd 4 RB Tony Pollard
Rd 5 CB Michael Jackson
Rd 5, Pick 27, #165 Overall
Rd 6, Pick 40, #213 Overall
Rd 7, Pick 4, #218 Overall
Rd 7, Pick 27, #241 Overall
Here is Dane Brugler’s breakdown of Michael Jackson, he’s a long corner, just how Kris Richard prefers his defensive backs to be:
Michael Jackson Sr. wasn't a name we harped on a lot, but he's 6005 and has 32.5 inch arms. Sounds like exactly the type of CB Kris Richard would want to work on.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 27, 2019
Sounds like some competition for Donovan Olumba to round out the bottom of that CB depth chart.
PFF thinks it was a little early but they still like the pick:
Michael Jackson is No. 247 on PFF's Big Board— PFF DAL Cowboys (@PFF_Cowboys) April 27, 2019
Jackson allowed completions on 25-of-49 targets for 325 yards, 13 first downs and a touchdown in 2018, earning a 70.5 coverage grade in the process.
THIS JUST IN — Dallas Cowboys select CB Michael Jackson Sr. from Miami— ™️ (@TommySledge) April 27, 2019
This kid has speed (4.38 40) and swag ... Would you expect anything different from a Hurricane?
(@1053TheFan @1053SS @RJChoppy @RDubThree) #DallasCowboys #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/ocJPiDVsot
A snapshot of his production shows he had a better year in 2017 but maybe a perfect fit for Richard’s secondary nonetheless:
New Cowboys CB Michael Jackson didn’t have an interception last season in 12 games, but he had 4 picks in 13 games in 2017. He had 10 pass deflections over the last two seasons at Miami— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 27, 2019
Michael Jackson Sr. out of Miami stands over 6’0” with long arms and 4.45 speed. Over 40 on the vert.— Laurie Horesh (@LaurieHoresh) April 27, 2019
This is the Kris Richard CB development special in the 5th round
With their next pick in the fifth round, 165th overall, the Cowboys went with another Jackson. Joe Jackson, a defensive end, what’s going on with the Jacksons? Two Jacksons from Miami, no less?!
The Cowboys draft another player from Miami in the fifth round, this time DE Joe Jackson— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 27, 2019
On Day 3, the @dallascowboys have selected Michael Jackson, followed by Joe Jackson. Is this the NFL Draft or a compilation album for Greatest Hits of the 1980’s?— KristiCowboySideline (@KristiCowboy) April 27, 2019
Joe Jackson was happy to get the call though he believed he should have gone a little higher than the fifth round.
Does new Cowboys DE Joe Jackson feel like he was a steal for Dallas? "Yeah. I expected to go higher. Whoever picked me was taking a chance on me and I'm going to prove them right." https://t.co/KdrGLv14GL— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 27, 2019
Is that Joe Jackson taking down new Giants QB Daniel Jones?
Apparently, Joe isn’t much of a superior athlete:
#Cowboys DE Joe Jackson tested in the 2.3 percentile, according to SPARQ.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) April 27, 2019
I know a lot of scouts like Joe Jackson. Let's see how that works out.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) April 27, 2019
Not going to kill a team ever for a late fifth-round pick on anybody.
After that nasty beatdown at the hands of the Rams running backs, the Cowboys need guys that excel in run defense:
Joe Jackson says stopping the run is a strength of his. Says his pass rush skills need to be polished up, but he's got the tools.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 27, 2019
He’s not considered the most athletic, bendy-type edge rusher but it’s hard to argue with production:
Joe Jackson had 22.5 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss over his three seasons at Miami. He had 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss last season https://t.co/Pwvkvr8HUI— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 27, 2019
Joe believes that he’ll make an impact in the Cowboys’ rotation:
New Cowboys DE Joe Jackson on how he can make an immediate impact in Dallas: "I'm a big body. I'm a guy who loves contact. I'm going to be a hammer against the run. I can go get the quarterback as well. I feel like I'm an every down player." https://t.co/dqbAOA0FmG— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 27, 2019