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Ex-Alabama OL gets another NFL shot

Former Alabama offensive tackle Dominick Jackson (No. 76) ready to block vs. Wisconsin: Cedric Mason- TDAL Magazine

Offensive tackle Dominick Jackson was not taken through seven rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft; however, he did sign with the Washington Redskins shortly after as an undrafted free agent.

He participated in three days of rookie mini-camp (May 13-15), until Washington cut him on May 16 according to Mark Inbinett of AL.com. Jackson was signed by the Detroit Lions on Wednesday.

The former Alabama standout was one of the top-rated junior college players nationally in 2014, prior to coming to the Crimson Tide. Jackson, a native of Cupertino, Calif., attended College of San Mateo from 2012-13. He was a five-star prospect via Scout.com and a four-star recruit from others.

Jackson was a serviceable right tackle in two seasons at Alabama, blocking for 206.6 rushing yards in 2014 and 199.9 yards rushing in 2015. He set the edge for Derrick Henry’s Heisman campaign last year, blocking for 2,219 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. Jackson was a part of two Southeastern Conference championships (2014-15) and a College Football Playoff national championship in 2015.

Detroit will continue with OTAs from June 6-9 after Thursday’s practice, before starting mandatory mini-camp on June 14-16. A contract hasn’t been disclosed on Jackson’s behalf, but for now he just needs to make the team.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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