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FRISCO — With their final pick in the NFL draft, the Cowboys selected Oregon defensive end Jalen Jelks, No. 241 overall.

“Thinking about DeMarcus (Lawrence) on the other side of me is crazy,” Jelks said on a conference call with reporters after he was drafted. “I use to idolize him so much as a kid, trying to mimic everything he did on the field. Now I get the chance to practice with him and learn from him.”

In four seasons at Oregon, Jelks had 155 tackles, 30 tackles for a loss and 15.5 sacks.

During his junior season, he had career-highs in tackles (59), tackles for a loss (15.5), sacks (seven) and passes defended (seven).

Jelks said his greatest strength is his versatility.

“I played four or five different spots this season on the defensive line,” he said. “Wherever they need me to play. I’ll play special teams. I’ll do whatever they need me to do. I’m just ready to get to work with the Cowboys.”

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones called the Jelks pick a “blinking light” because of how high he was on their draft board at the time. Jones used the same words to describe the team’s third-round pick, offensive lineman Connor McGovern.

Shares a birthday with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time

Jelks was born on Aug. 3, 1996. He shares the same birthday as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady was born almost two decades before (1977) the Cowboys rookie.

Desert Vista

Jelks played prep football at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He earned all-state honors and was a consensus three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and other recruiting services.

The pass rusher chose Oregon over multiple Pac-12 and other division one programs.

The Cowboys rookie has many different interests outside of football, including drawing.

“I have have all kinds of sketch books at home. I just like to free my mind sometimes,” Jelks told KNXV-TV in Phoenix.

Jelks also likes outdoor activities. He used to skateboard when he was younger. Don’t worry Cowboys fans he won’t be skateboarding around Dallas anytime soon.

NBA superstar LeBron James is Jelks’ favorite athlete of all time, Jelks told NBC Sports Northwest while in college. Jelks is probably well aware that James’ favorite football team is the Cowboys.

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Oregon defensive lineman Jalen Jelks (97) in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Oregon defensive lineman Jalen Jelks (97) in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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The Dallas Cowboys drafted defensive end/outside linebacker Jalen Jelks in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Here are five things to know about the former Oregon Ducks player:

Shares a birthday with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time

Jelks was born on Aug. 3, 1996. He shares the same birthday as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady was born almost two decades before (1977) the Cowboys rookie.

Desert Vista

Jelks played prep football at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He earned all-state honors and was a consensus three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and other recruiting services.

The pass rusher chose Oregon over multiple Pac-12 and other division one programs.

Artist

The Cowboys rookie has many different interests outside of football, including drawing.

“I have have all kinds of sketch books at home. I just like to free my mind sometimes,” Jelks told KNXV-TV in Phoenix.

Jelks also likes outdoor activities. He used to skateboard when he was younger. Don’t worry Cowboys fans he won’t be skateboarding around Dallas anytime soon.

Favorite athlete

NBA superstar LeBron James is Jelks’ favorite athlete of all time, Jelks told NBC Sports Northwest while in college. Jelks is probably well aware that James’ favorite football team is the Cowboys.

Seventh round steal?

Jelks’ high school coach, Dan Hinds, thinks the Cowboys got a steal in the seventh round.

“I thought he would go higher in the draft, but he’ll get in there and work hard and do what it takes to make it,” Hinds said, per azcentral.com.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper feels the same way. Kiper believed that Jelks was a third or fourth round talent, but said the former Oregon Duck didn’t quite live up to expectations in Eugene.

“Jelks just never had the production that I think his talent indicated was possible,” Kiper said before the draft, per The Register-Guard. “He’s got length and he’ll flash, so I think he could end up in the third- or fourth-round mix.”

FRISCO – Dallas Cowboys seventh-round pick (No. 58 overall) Jalen Jelks, the Oregon defensive lineman, met the DFW media this weekend via conference call here at The Star. Here is his “secret audio” congratulatory phone call from here inside The Star …

“I really didn’t. At the end of the day, talking to them back and forth, and trying to figure out numbers and situations, I was going off of player personnel, their coaching styles. They are probably the best fit. When I got the call and saw my name on the board, I just went crazy.”

“Think about DeMarcus (Lawrence) on the other side of me, a player I use to idolize so much as a kid trying to mimic everything he did, and now I get the chance to practice with him and learn from him.”

“There were a couple of places, but I don’t think they would’ve worked out as well as Dallas. That was probably going to be my first option and probably what I would’ve picked regardless over any other situation. I just felt that it would’ve been a good fit.”“My versatility. I played four or five different spots this season on the defensive line. Wherever they need me to play, I’ll play special teams. I’ll do whatever they need me to do. I’m just ready to get to work with the Cowboys.”“I was pretty bad at basketball, not going to lie. I like the camaraderie (about football) and showcasing everything you’ve got, but at the end of the day it’s about your teammates and everything you put into it. Basketball is just out there one-on-one these days.”

“It was, until I got that phone call. At that point, I just turned around and hugged my parents, and started crying. You have a lot of people calling you and hearing different things from different people, whether it was my draft grade or projections. You know how the Draft goes sometimes, it can be cutthroat. At the end of the day, I think the Cowboys made a great decision and I’m going to work my butt off for them.”“I promise I will outwork anybody you put on the table. That’s what I’ve been doing since I got to college. I’ve always been an underdog type. You try to fight for a position on and off the field, whether it’s film room, extra lifts, or taking care of your body or getting in that film room and learning the plays as soon as I can.”

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