The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t find a roster spot for rookie Cornerback Michael Jackson this year. Despite spending a fifth-round pick on him last April, Dallas wound up placing Jackson on their practice squad after final cuts. They’ve now lost him to the Detroit Lions, who signed Michael to their 53-man roster today.
Jackson couldn’t force his way onto Dallas roster this season. They were already four deep at CB with Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown, plus had C.J. Goodwin as a key special teams player.
The Cowboys’ 2019 draft class, even its earliest picks, has not made much immediate impact. DT Trysten Hill has not earned much playing time over more experienced teammates and G/C Connor McGovern has been out with a pectoral injury.
Michael Jackson, drafted seven spots ahead of DE Joe Jackson, was the highest selection to not make the 53-man roster. But now he joins the Lions and may get a chance to suit up against the Cowboys in three weeks.
Losing the rookie CB now does not mean Dallas has seen the last of him, though. We might remember over the last few seasons how RB Darius Jackson was picked up a couple times by other NFL teams but would eventually find his way back to the Cowboys.
Dallas liked Michael’s size and style enough to make him a fifth-round pick. If he is available again in offseasons to come, don’t be surprised if the Cowboys bring him back to compete once more.
Whatever the future brings, best of luck to Michael Jackson in his NFL career.