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Cowboys Draft: LB D’Marco Jackson Would Be Intriguing Day 3 Pick

The will likely address both the position and their within the first couple of days of this month's . However, Appalachian State's D'Marco Jackson would make for an intriguing prospect if he's available on Day 3.

With the early, splashy waves of now in the rearview mirror, it's clear that the Cowboys opted for a conservative approach. While the team has been under fire from its fans as well as former players such as , the Cowboys have yet to add anyone of substance to the linebacker group. That's not a slight towards or , but some fans were likely hoping for Bobby Wagner, a “sexy” if you will.

While an expensive free-agent addition is out of the question, Jackson would be a much cheaper option on Day 3 that would carry significant upside.

Why should the Cowboys consider D'Marco Jackson?

Jackson has a total of 52 college games under his belt and has posted some impressive numbers in his career. He has accumulated 33 tackles for a loss since 2019 and also amassed 11.5 during that stretch. He was also second in the Sun Belt Conference with 56 solo tackles last year, taking home the title of 2021 Sun Belt due to his remarkable accolades.

At the last month, Jackson ran a 4.55 time in his 40-yard dash, impressing everyone with his speed. Jackson is an impressive downhill runner who possesses excellent instincts and awareness. He regularly showed off his motor in college with his relentless, almost violent streak when playing in the box. His biggest contribution to a will be his run-stopping prowess. Pro Football Focus also agrees with that sentiment, grading him at 84.8 in that department.

While he won't be expected to be of much use outside of the box, his limitations shouldn't hinder him from becoming a reliable NFL linebacker. Also, he can be used in blitz packages where his aforementioned speed, as well as his ability to effectively neutralize blockers, will serve him well.

As a Day 3 pick, Jackson would be a solid pickup for the Cowboys. Simply put, he is a playmaker from the inside linebacker spot.

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S Leonard

The linebackers group has been the weakest link during McCarthy’s tenure. He brought in an below-average linebackers coach(McCurley). Coach Edwards had to pull double duty to help coach the linebackers, but it isnt enough. Cowboys could have hired Brian Flores to take this linebackers group to the next level. However, Commissioner Jones, thumbs his nose at so-called troublemakers that question the ethics of rich owners.

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