Philadelphia Eagles roster: Hidden gems to watch in 2021

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54. . . . Tarron Jackson. . player

Tarron Jackson has a chance to be one of the stars of this Philadelphia Eagles D-line.

Times have changed. Cable television got really popular for some of you older Philadelphia Eagles fans during your adolescence, so seeing Birds fans who live in other parts of the country and outside of the Delaware Valley seems strange. That’s the world we live in now. Citizens of Washington D.C. self-identify as Dallas Cowboys fans, and the last time the Birds traveled to L.A. to meet the Chargers, that soccer stadium they were playing in was full of midnight green jerseys.

Eagles Nation truly stretches into each of the 50 states, but it’s hard to pay attention to everything. No one would blame you if Penn State football or everything the Temple Owls were doing distracted you, and you missed what was going on in Conway, South Carolina. For some of you, there was no reason to mention the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers until Philly made Tarron Jackson the 191st-overall selection in Round 6 of the most recent draft.

Without putting too much pressure on the young man, here’s a bold statement. This has a chance to be one of those Jordan Mailata-esque additions, the late-rounder that comes in and makes a name for himself.

If that wasn’t bold enough for you, here’s another more bold theory. Tarron Jackson, if coached properly (that’s normally been an issue in Philly), has a shot at developing into everything that we were told Derek Barnett would become. This young man is going to be good. Had he played in the SEC, we’d be mentioning him as a first or second-rounder.