SALT LAKE CITY — Jackson Barton is the latest offensive tackle to turn in his Utes uniform for an NFL jersey.
The former Utah and Brighton High offensive tackle was selected by the Indianapolis Colts during the seventh round of the 2019 NFL draft Saturday with the 240th overall pick.
Barton joins his brother in getting selected this weekend. Cody Barton, a linebacker, was a third-round selection by the Seattle Seahawks.
The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Jackson Barton was seen as a fringe possibility to get selected in the draft, with signing a free-agent deal the more likely possibility. He instead kept a strong draft going for Utah.
"Barton has next-level size and has flashed ability throughout his college career. He comes off a terrific performance during practices for the Shrine Game and is a late-round prospect who, at the very worst, should be stashed on a practice squad this fall," Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote.
Barton started the past two seasons for the Utes at left tackle, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors as a senior.
Counting the Bartons, five former Utes have been picked in this year’s draft, including safety Marquise Blair (Seattle, second round), punter Mitch Wishnowsky (San Francisco, fourth round) and kicker Matt Gay (Tampa Bay, fifth round).
Historical context: Barton becomes the third Utah offensive tackle taken in the past three drafts, after Garett Bolles was taken in the first round by Denver and Sam Tevi went to the Los Angeles Chargers in the sixth round in the 2017 draft.3 comments on this story
Measurables: 5.18-second 40-yard dash, 25 reps on bench press, 27-inch vertical jump, 109-inch broad jump, 7.85-second 3-cone drill and 4.66-second short shuttle at the NFL combine
Scouting Barton: "Barton could see a conversion to right tackle in the pros, but his poor pad level coupled with his height is a combination that will be difficult to survive no matter where he plays. ... Finding a spot on the 53 man roster might be difficult but he could find additional work on a practice squad," wrote NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein.