With the 191st pick in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Eagles selected defensive end Tarron Jackson out of Coastal Carolina.
The 22-year-old native of Aiken, South Carolina was a three-year starter for the Chanticleers, registering 195 tackles, 44.5 tackles for loss, and 26.5 sacks in 48 games. He was named a first-team All-America selection and the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year after posting 8.5 sacks along with 14 tackles for loss in 2020. He set the school record with 10 sacks in 2019, earning first-team All-Sun Belt honors.
"I'm the guy that's trying to come off the ball as hard as he can, trying to be violent with my hands. Every year I've tried to improve on my bend, trying to bend around the corner, instead of rounding it," Jackson said during a virtual conference call with reporters. "I definitely would describe my pass rush game as relentless."
The 6-2, 254-pound Jackson was a two-time team captain at Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers went 11-1 this past season, finishing the year ranked No. 14 in the nation (best in Coastal Carolina history) while capturing the school's first Sun Belt Conference title.
"Coming out of high school, I actually didn't get a lot of publicity and stuff from a lot of college schools. When I came to Coastal, I really loved it. Going into my senior year they offered me. When I came on a visit, I just fell in love with it, man. The culture, the brotherhood they had there," Jackson said.
"Then the fact they were transitioning the year I came in from Division I-AA to Division I-A. I felt like it was a great opportunity for me to come somewhere and leave a legacy."
Jackson was overlooked by colleges despite leading Silver Bluff High School to two state title game appearances. He wore the No. 9 at Coastal Carolina to honor his older brother, Daron, who passed away due to leukemia at the age of 12. Jackson was 9 years old when his brother died.
"I can't even describe it into words. It's been a long couple years," Jackson said. "This is definitely a blessing. My brother was just one piece to the puzzle. My uncle, he actually passed before the season. The crazy part is his favorite team was the Eagles. I'm kind of getting emotional now. Being drafted to the Eagles, it means a lot to me."
"Team captain. A lot of negative plays. Got to interview him down in Mobile, watch him practice for the week. Really comfortable with the person. Got to bring him back here and hand him off to Howie and coach and the staff and they took it from there in terms of spending their time with him," said Andy Weidl.
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