The Dallas Cowboys have selected former former University of Miami cornerback Michael Jackson with the 158th-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
It took them a while to get to this point, having traded back not once — but twice — giving up their fourth-round comp pick the Cincinnati Bengals to move down and then move down yet again when they struck a deal with the Oakland Raiders.
Although the club was quite effective in using the 2017 draft to instant rebuild a corps devoured by free agency, they still felt like they had an opportunity to add to its prowess going forward. With the immediate emergence of Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, the team successfully moved Byron Jones from safety to full-time corner as they waved goodbye to veteran Orlando Scandrick. The third year from Anthony Brown was so impressive that he staved off the talented Lewis in the nickel, and while this gives the Cowboys four more-than-solid players at the position — competition is the name of the game.
Jackson is that and then some, ready to challenge for snaps once training camp gets underway in July.
He’ll battle it out with Jourdan Lewis and others beneath the top three spots, and while Jackson needs a bit more polish to be an impact player at the NFL level right out of the gate, there’s no denying his abilities. The 6-foot-1, 210 lb. corner already has the size advantage going into camp, one that passing game coordinator Kris Richard loved so much he fist-bumped others in the war room after the pick, and it’ll be interesting to see who he potentially forces off of the roster in 2019.
A few familiar names came off draft boards on Saturday afternoon during Day 3 of the NFL Draft, as Ohio State’s Michael Jordan and Miami’s Michael Jackson were taken in the fourth and fifth round, respectively.
The Cincinnati Bengals traded up to select Jordan, an offensive lineman who played as a guard and a center for the Buckeyes, with the 136th overall pick.
The 6-foot-6, 312-pound lineman started every game as a true freshman at Ohio State, so he brings three seasons of experience to Cincinnati.
In the fifth round, the Dallas Cowboys selected Miami cornerback Michael Jackson.
Jackson ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and has solid size at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. Prepare for plenty of name jokes if you’re a Bengals or Cowboys fan.
Michael Jackson’s legacy will forever include this title: King of Pigskin.
His three-song medley at halftime of Dallas’s 52-17 trouncing of Buffalo in 1993 signified a tectonic shift for the N.F.L. For years, the league had packed its halftimes with a roster of the unhip: Up With People, Pete Fountain, Carol Channing, marching bands, the Rockettes, Elvis Presto and Disney characters.
Jackson produced a stunning first: raising NBC’s halftime rating higher than the Super Bowl action before it. The N.F.L. had grasped the need to enlist big-name, contemporary, broad-appeal artists to keep viewers from straying. So it used Jackson to continue expanding the notion of the Super Bowl as a mega-event that includes a game.
After Jackson came an A-list of stars, including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith, U2, Shania Twain, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Prince and Bruce Springsteen.
Performers in an ever-fragmenting musical market don’t need to be convinced of the importance of 12 minutes at halftime in front of 90 million to 100 million viewers in the United States and many more around the world.
Eleven years after Jackson sang, his sister Janet bared her breast (or had it stripped bare by Justin Timberlake), leading the Federal Communications Commission to fine CBS $550,000. Michael was no angel on stage at the Rose Bowl; he grabbed his crotch repeatedly, especially as he sang “Billie Jean.”
The Cowboys needed some depth in the secondary, as the drop off in talent after Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie was cavernous. Dallas took a big steps toward rebuilding that defensive backfield by drafting Miami cornerback Michael Jackson with the 158th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
At 6-1 and 200 pounds, Jackson has terrific size for an outside corner. While his lack of production on the ball over the last season could be alarming, his size, speed, and tackling in the open field make him a low floor corner who can be trusted to match up with bigger receivers in both man or zone coverage.
Don’t be surprised if by the end of the season, Jackson has wrestled the No. 3 corner spot away from Jourdan Lewis. Given his physical profile and immense athletic ability, that’s entirely possible.
Within a span of 21 picks, we’ve seen a Michael Jordan and a Michael Jackson get drafted. You truly can’t predict football.
The second entry in our Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect series takes a look at some potential help at cornerback with a talented player out of Miami.
Welcome back! This week we’ll continue our Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect series, a breakdown of players the Chiefs may (or may not) be interested come draft time in April. Today we’re taking a look at a lengthy cornerback from Miami University, Michael Jackson Sr. This was actually one of the names suggested in the comments of my last prospect spotlight.
No, not that Michael Jackson. Our prospect today is listed at 6’2 and 195 pounds so Jackson has the size that the modern NFL covets. Jackson is more than just a big frame, however. He has been a productive player on the field for the Hurricanes since he arrived. Jackson contributed on special teams early, but enters his senior year as a regular starter after a breakout junior campaign that saw him earn Second Team All-ACC honors.
Jackson has no off the field issues and no major injuries of note. This is important, as the old saying goes “Your best ability is your availability.”