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Draft analysis: Cowboys get their developmental CB in Miami’s Michael Jackson Jr.

Get to know Miami CB Michael Jackson.

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It took a while, but the Cowboys finally added a defensive back with one of their 2019 NFL draft picks. After multiple trade downs, the Cowboys made their second pick on day three, drafting CB Michael Jackson Jr. out of Miami.

For starters, Jackson has the size and length that Kris Richard loves in his defensive backs. Along with his size, Jackson Jr., has versatility in the ability to play both as a boundary corner, nickel back, or strong safety.

Listed at 6’1” and 210lbs with 32.5” arms, Jackson brings a physical style of play to the Cowboys secondary. The former Miami Hurricane has decent athleticism to pair with his physical traits to make for the perfect developmental cornerback for Kris Richard. Michael Jackson Jr., was the 169th overall player on my board with a fifth-round grade. Dane Brugler and Lance Zierlen also had Jackson Jr. ranked in the fifth round.

With his lack of true cover skills, the Cowboys could look to play Jackson Jr., in a similar role they played Xavier Woods in during his rookie year. Jackson Jr., is a very solid tackling defensive back with big-hit ability, but also has good technique as a tackler in the open field. While the Cowboys coaching staff will be looking to develop his coverage ability, Michael Jackson Jr., has the traits to be a quality role player for the Cowboys defense for the next four years.

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