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Prospect Profiles: Jaiquawn Jarrett

JAIQUAWN JARRETT, S, TEMPLE

Triangle Numbers: 5-11, 198, 4.62

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Has good height for the position, bulk is adequate for a free safety… Excellent production last four seasons including nine interceptions… Is a good hitter for his size, does a good job of wrapping after contact and driving legs forward… Has experience blitzing from five to ten yards deep, appears to be a versatile defensive back, could play multiple positions in the NFL… Has pretty good speed, has enough speed and quickness to cover slot receivers and is tall enough to cover tight ends down the middle of the field in man coverage… Plays the run very well, is extremely active in run defense, is aggressive and instinctual when blitzing and filling holes… Is a hustle guy, looks to have a good motor, takes good pursuit angles and runs hard in pursuit… Durability is not a concern, has not missed time due to injury.

Negatives: Will take poor angles at times in run defense, needs to play a little more under control… Could stand to add a little weight if he is to continue playing the safety position at the next level… Is not very well suited for playing the center field, one-deep safety position, gives up too much cushion on intermediate routes underneath him… Footwork is a little sloppy at times, especially when breaking forward and changing directions… Will get out-muscled by blockers, takes on blocks well, but has difficulty disengaging from blocks to make plays.

National Football Post:

Possesses a nice-sized frame for the position and looks a little thicker on tape than his measurables would suggest. Has started every game for the Owls over the past three seasons and durability is not an issue with him. Is a smooth, balanced defensive back who does a great job keeping his feet under him in his drop. Looks very natural when asked to sit into his back-pedal, quickly and cleanly gets good depth in coverage and demonstrates the ability to plant his foot in the ground and click and close on the football. Allows his footwork to get a bit overextended when driving on the throw, but has the skill set to quickly clean himself up in that area with some NFL coaching. Is a fluid, flexible athlete who does a nice job when asked to turn and run, getting back up to top-end speed quickly and doesn’t waste much motion at all out of any transition in coverage. Generates a good burst for himself out of his breaks and his initial first step allows him to put himself in position to make a lot of plays on the football. Lacks ideal top-end speed and looks more like a 4.5 guy on tape. However, plays faster than his timed speed would indicate because of his impressive change of directions skills.

Has improved as a tackler this season and seems to be more comfortable attacking the line of scrimmage, dropping his pad level and striking what he sees on contact. But overall he’s a long-armed guy who does have the balance to break down, take good angles toward the football and wrap up consistently in space. Also, has improved his overall feel in zone coverage, feeling routes develop around him, getting earlier jumps on the football and giving himself more opportunities to make plays on the pass. Showcases good but not great ball skills, gets his hands on his fair share of footballs, can contort his body and possesses good coordination when asked to make a play on the football. But isn’t the most impressive of pluckers. Possesses solid but not overwhelming ball skills when asked to come down with the turnover.

Impression: His ability to cleanly open up his hips when getting after the football is as good as any safety in the class. Also has improved his instincts and physicality as a tackler this season and looks like a guy who can make a roster and fight for playing time down the line.

FF Toolbox:

aiquawn Jarrett has not just been around to see the Temple Owls turn around their football program, he has been a huge part of their success. In 2007 the Owls were coming off of a 1-11 season and a bunch of freshmen were forced into action. Jarrett was one of the defensive players who made it clear that Temple would not finish 1-11 again any time soon. Jarrett started a half dozen games as a freshman and was already using his size and speed to make some big hits. Jarrett started every game as a sophomore, tallying a team high 88 tackles and adding three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Once again as a junior, Jarrett was a full-time starter and put up very similar numbers to his sophomore season.

Jarrett has been flying under the radar for most of his career, but Temple reached a bowl game for the first time since 1979 during the 2009 campaign and Jarrett finally started getting some recognition. In 2010 Temple started off the season with some shaky defensive efforts, but a solid showing against Penn State put Jarrett’s name back in the spotlight.

More important than a loss to Penn State is Temple’s record in the Mid-American Conference. At 3-1, the Owls have a shot to win the East and take home their first ever MAC championship. That could happen if Jarrett continues to make big plays. At 6-2 and 202 pounds, he is a big hitter who can compete with anybody. If he continues to put up a solid effort game in and game out, Jarrett could be off the board in the second or third round.

12/20 Update: The Owls’ season continued to go quite well up until their last two games. Temple was 8-2 and eyeing a MAC Championship before falling to Ohio and Miami in their last two games. Unfortunately for the Owls and Jarrett, those two losses cost the 8-4 team a bowl trip. Jarrett will not get a chance to showcase his skills in a bowl game, but he ended the season with a team high 74 tackles and added two interceptions.
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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Jaiquawn Jarrett is a mid round safety prospect who could intrigue the Giants. Jack of all trades, master of none. Little small, little slow, but has made plays in college. Instinctive, hard working, Jarrett would be valuable depth. Giants got torched over the top last year, and need secondary depth. Jarrett is more of a downhill safety, more of a strong safety. Not a centerfielder. I don’t think he’ll be a starter. But, as depth, he’s not bad. He’s not going to star, but as a backup, you could do worse. 3rd round, 4th round, wouldn’t be a bad idea. I would prefer more of a ballhawking, centerfielder type, but the safety class is very weak.

 

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One Response to “Prospect Profiles: Jaiquawn Jarrett”

  1. Chris says:

    I’m all over this guy like white on rice…with the potentially career ending injury to Chad Jones, and Kenny Phillips not looking as good coming off the knee issue,Safety has become a need, if we could get Jarrett in the 4th rd it would be ideal…id be all over him

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