Jalen Jelks

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Jalen Jelks
No. 74 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1996-08-03) August 3, 1996 (age 22)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:256 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Phoenix (AZ) Desert Vista
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 7 / Pick: 241
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Jalen Jelks (born August 3, 1996) is an American football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Oregon.

Early years[edit]

Jelks attended Desert Vista High School. He played football in only 3 years. As a senior, he was a two-way starter at defensive and left tackle. He registered 72 tackles (12 for loss), 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and one blocked field goal, while receiving All-state honors.

He finsihed his high school career with 113 tackles (17 for loss), 15 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.

College career[edit]

Jelks accepted a football scholarship from the University of Oregon. After redshirting for a year, he appeared in 11 games as a backup defensive end, collecting 9 tackles (6 in the final three games) and 3 sacks as a freshman.

As a sophomore in a reserve role, he contributed with 31 tackles (4 for loss), 2 sacks and 2 pass breakups in 8 games.

As a junior, he started all 13 games, recording 59 tackles 6.5 sacks (led the team), 15 tackles for loss (led the team) and 7 pass breakups. He had 9 tackles in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl. He was put on the watchlist for the Chuck Bednarik Award during the season.[1] He was named to the All-Pac-12 second-team, Pro Football Focus first-team All-Pac-12 and the Phil Steele second-team All-Pac-12 Conference.[2]

Despite speculation that he could declare for the 2018 NFL Draft, Jelks announced that he would return to Oregon.[3] As a senior in 12 starts, he registered 57 tackles (7.5 for loss) and 3.5 sacks.

Professional career[edit]

Jelks was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (241st overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[4]


  1. ^ Skopil, Erik (October 6, 2017). "Jalen Jelks added to Bednarik Watch List". 247 Sports. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Wade, Kevin (April 23, 2018). "Oregon's Jalen Jelks earning 1st round projection for 2019 Draft". 247 Sports. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Greif, Andrew (December 13, 2017). "In boost to Oregon defense, Jalen Jelks will return for senior season". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Dallas Cowboys select DE Jalen Jelks with the 241st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft". Blogging The Boys. April 27, 2019.

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