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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Summary: Tarron Jackson, DE, Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina pass rusher Tarron Jackson had an amazing season in 2020. The Chants were amazing going undefeated in the regular season.

By Craig Forrestal

Tarron Jackson

  • School: Coastal Carolina
  • Position: DE
  • HT: 6ft2
  • WT: 260
  • Hometown: Aiken, SC
  • High School: Silver Bluff
  • Recruit Ranking:
    • Rivals: No Profile Found
    • 247: 2 Stars/ Number 199 Overall OLB in 2016 Class
    • ESPN: No Stars
  • Fun Facts/ Personal Info:
    • Graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics
    • Grew up helping the family-owned home construction and remodeling business
    • Also played Basketball and competed in Track & Field (shot put, triple jump and triple jump)

Career Highlights

2020 (Redshirt Senior)

  • Played in all 12 games
  • Named AP All-American
  • Invited to Reese’s Senior Bowl
  • Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year
  • All-Sun Belt Conference first-team
  • Recorded 8.5 Sacks and 14 Tackles For Loss
  • Forced 3 Fumbles

2019 (Redshirt Junior)

  • 2019 Phil Steele Sun Belt Conference All-Conference first team honoree
  • 2019 All-Sun Belt first-team selection – only the second first-team pick in CCU’s Sun Belt history
  • Voted one of four team captains
  • Played in and started all 12 games at defensive end
  • Started on both offense (tight end) and defense (defensive end) at Appalachian State (Sept. 28)
  • Led the Sun Belt and set a new Coastal single-season record with 10.0 sacks on the season
  • The 72 yards lost from his 10.0 sacks on the season is also a CCU single-season record

2018 (Redshirt Sophomore)

  • Named to the All-Sun Belt third team
  • Played and started all 12 games this season for the Chants at defensive end
  • Second on the team and fifth overall in the Sun Belt in tackles-for-loss with 11.0 on the year, an average of 0.92 per game

2017 (Redshirt Freshman)

  • Named the team’s Strength and Conditioning Defensive Athlete of the Year
  • Was a game captain four times
  • Played in the first eight games, starting the season opener versus UMass (Sept. 2), but missed the final four games due to an injury
  • Despite the injury, Jackson was still a game captain for the Troy (Nov. 11) and Idaho (Nov. 18) games, as well as the Arkansas State (Oct. 14) and Appalachian State (Oct. 21) games

2016 (Freshman)

  • Received a medical redshirt
  • Played in the first four games before suffering a season-ending injury
  • Only had three tackles, but two were for losses, including 1.5 sacks
  • Lone tackle in the Florida A&M (Sept. 10) was his first career sack
Career Defensive Statistics
SeasonGPSOLOASTTOTTFL-YDSSACKS-YDSINTPDFFFR
201641232-101.5-90000
20178119204.5-313.5-280010
20181228305811-383-170100
20191228326013-7810-720220
20201225295414-708.5-500031
Total489310219544.5-22726.5-1760361

Player Summary:

Tarron Jackson has the opportunity to bolster his draft stock at the upcoming Senior Bowl and that should allow him to answer any questions concerning his “small school” label. There is a theory that pass rush production translates from college to the pro level and that is a good sign for Jackson. Jackson possesses a high-level pass rush ability where he has a special blend of quickness and power. Jackson has gotten better against the run throughout his career and that will be something NFL teams will be watching at the Senior Bowl. Jackson has mentioned Dwight Freeney as a player that he models his game after. Jackson has an almost identical build and physical measurements to Freeney. Jackson has overcome injuries from earlier in his career and has demonstrated there are no lingering ailments with his All-American caliber play. As of now, Jackson is being mentioned as a late-round prospect who is primed to see his stock rise during the pre-draft circuit. 

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