A Closer Look at Cowboys Rookie Jordan Carrell

by | May 12, 2017 | Articles, The League, The Team

Jordan Carrell was the final selection for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2017 NFL Draft with the 246th overall pick. Here’s our list of 5 things Cowboys fans might not know about the rookie from Colorado University.

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He attended Roseville High School in California and was a two-year starter at both center and defensive end on the football team. He also lettered in baseball for three years in which he was a pitcher and played both first base and third base.



Junior College Standout
Jordan originally attended American River College for two years in which he was a two-year starter. His freshman year he had 30 tackles (10 for losses), 4 sacks, 4 passes broken up, 2 fumble recoveries, an interception, and a blocked field goal. The following season he had 39 solo tackles (he was in on a total of 80), 19 of them for losses, 8 sacks, 24 quarterback hurries (12 being knockdowns), 2 passes broken up, and a forced fumble. Those numbers had Jordan earning first-team All-America, ACCFCA All-American, All-California Region 1, first-team All-State, first-team All-Region, and first-team All-Normal Conference honors – on top of being the All-Norcal Defensive Player of the Year.


Welcome to the Big Leagues

He transferred to Colorado University where he would continue to shine. He started 12 of 13 games his junior season and played 82.6% of the defensive plays. At the end of the year he had accumulated 52 tackles (8 for losses), a sack, 11 quarterback hurries, 6 third-down stops, 3 forced fumbles, and had a fumble recovery.

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A Meaningful Season

Jordan’s father passed away in April 2016 and he dedicated his final year with the Buffaloes to his dad. He ended up starting every game that season and totaled 51 tackles, 5.5 sacks (ranked 2nd on the team and tied for 10th in the conference), 13 quarterback hurries, and 5 third-down stops. Those final stats earned him honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.

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Focused in the Classroom

Jordan had a 3.4 GPA at American River College and continued his hard work in the classroom at Colorado. He earned honorable mention Academic All-Colorado honors his junior year and graduated this past December with a degree in Communication. Now he finds himself hitting the books again as Rookie Minicamp gets underway today at The Star in Frisco.