Jahleel Addae: 5 Things You Need to Know About Central Michigan's Strong Safety

Marcelo Villa@@_marcelovillaFeatured Columnist IIIApril 27, 2013

Jahleel Addae: 5 Things You Need to Know About Central Michigan's Strong Safety

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    Central Michigan University's two-time defensive player of the year Jahleel Addae isn't one of the heavily recognized prospects in the 2013 draft class, but that hasn't stopped him from making a push at being drafted.

    Despite an invitation to the East-West Shrine game and receiving second team All-MAC honors in 2012, Addae was not invited to the NFL combine. On top of that, NFL.com's draft section doesn't even list the senior safety.

    Talk about being unknown.

    Still, Addae participated in CMU's pro day with hopes that he'll hear his name called sometime during today's final rounds or possibly receive a phone call from an interested team looking to sign him as an undrafted free agent.


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    Full Name: Jahleel Addae

    Birthday: Jan. 24, 1990

    High School: Riverview High School, Fla.

    Major: General Management

    Year: Senior

    Despite becoming the second player in history from Riverview High School to rush for 1,000 yards in three different seasons, Jahleel Addae received just three offers to play college ball at Iowa State, West Virginia and Central Michigan.

    Initially, Addae committed to West Virginia, but ended up at CMU after a coaching change and was switched to wide receiver before moving to strong safety. Addae was also a highly recruited running back coming out of high school.


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    2009: 26 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 0.5 TFL, 1 FF

    2010: 80 tackles, one sack, 3.5 TFL, 1 FF, 4 PDEF

    2011: 107 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 8 PDEF, 4 INT

    2012: 89 tackles, two sacks, 7 TFL, 9 PDEF, 4 INT

    Jahleel Addae's tackle totals dropped in 2012 after he amassed 107 in his junior season. However, he continued to improve on his coverage skills by producing back-to-back four-interception seasons.

    Addae also displayed a willingness to come up in the box and make plays with his seven tackles for a loss in 2012.

Draft Process

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    Arm Length: N/A

    Hand Size: N/A

    Combine Results (did not receive invite)

    Pro Day Results

    40-yard Dash: 4.65 seconds

    Bench Press: 10 reps

    Broad Jump: 10'04"

    Vertical Jump: 38.5"

    20-yard Shuttle: 4.33 seconds

    3-cone Drill: 6.97 seconds

    Jahleel Addae was strangely not invited to participate at the NFL combine despite a pretty fulfilling senior season. His opportunity to shine came in his pro day workout.

    When asked about his pro day performance, Addae told cm-life.com:

    A lot of the scouts told me that they like me and that I had a pretty good showing today...I was trying to show that I can run, flip my hips and show well in defensive back drills.

    *Measurables courtesy of Central Michigan University athletics website*

    *Pro day results courtesy of nfldraftscout.com*

Interesting Facts

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    Jaleel Addae's older brother, Jahmile, was a four-year starter and two-time captain at West Virginia.

    Unlike his younger brother, Jahmile was invited to the Senior Bowl and NFL combine. Jahmile spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts before he became a running backs coach at the University of Cincinnati. (via University of Cincinnati athletics website

    Addae credits his success in football to playing soccer up until his sophomore year in high school, via Matt Thompson-Tampa Bay Times:

    Soccer helped my stamina for running, my footwork and how to keep my balance. Make sure I clean up the defense from side to side.

    When Addae learned that he would be switching positions at CMU, he employed the help of his older brother (Tampa Bay Times):

    When (the switch) first happened, I called Jahmile right away. He told me to relax. He gave me a lot of tips. That summer I came home and did a lot of ball drills with him, a lot of defensive back drills. As the years went on, he just continued to let me grow into my own player.


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    CMU head coach Dan Enos told mlive.com:

    I think he can fit into a lot of areas (in the NFL)...I think he’s a very good tackler and very explosive. He’s smart and loves to play the game. He’s a guy who will be early to meetings and stay late to work on his craft. 

    Dan Klausner-SB Nation said:

    The first time I ever got to see Addae play was the Little Caesars Bowl versus Western Kentucky, and he impressed the hell out of me with his versatility, physicality and intelligence -- knew game situations, had a calming influence, orchestrated the defense pre-snap. Lined up all over the formation; was no doubt the captain and emotional leader of that unit.

    RDreamer-SB Nation noted:

    Addae doesn't have the ideal size for a punishing safety, but he does have the fast-twitch reflexes one expects from a former running back and is a ferocious hitter in addition to showing tremendous closing speed. Judging from his game tape, he seems like a classic case of a guy playing faster in pads than he shows on the stopwatch.