The Washington Redskins used their third round pick in the 2009 supplemental draft to select Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon.
On the surface, many will assume it was another unnecessary attempt by owner Dan Snyder to improve his beloved Redskins. But after delving deeper into the possible impact Jarmon could have on the Washington defense—not just in 2009 but beyond—the pick makes a lot of sense.
Jarmon, considered one of the top defensive end prospects entering this season, was expected to be in the mix as a likely top-75 selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. However, after failing a drug test in May, the NCAA ruled him ineligible to compete.
He was the only player picked in today’s supplemental draft and will cost the Redskins a third-round pick in next year’s draft.
The addition of Jarmon instantly improves the Redskins’ pass rush and gives them another gifted athlete they can use on third downs. Jarmon displays a good burst out of his stance and possesses the closing speed to threaten the edge. He also has impressive coordination around the corner and is consistently able to maintain his balance when flattening down past offensive linemen.
He looks natural changing directions and has the lateral mobility to sidestep blocks and quickly attack upfield.
However, the knock on Jarmon is his lack of physicality and power at the point of attack. For a guy with his size (6'3", 278 pounds), you would expect him to be more of a factor verrus the run game, but he’s consistently driven away from the play and washed out on contact.
Plus, his motor doesn’t always seem to be running on full and he has a tendency to loaf when he isn’t involved in the play.
The Redskins have made it a point this offseason to improve their defensive front four, first with the signing of DT Albert Haynesworth, then with the first-round selection of DE Brian Orakpo. But now that Orakpo is currently penciled in as the starter at strong-side linebacker, it was obvious the Redskins were in need of another pass rusher to complement DE Andre Carter.
Veteran linemen Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn are currently scheduled to man the left defensive end spot opposite Carter. However, both linemen are over the age of 33, and neither possesses the kind of burst needed to be a factor against the passing game.
Bringing in like a guy Jarmon not only enhances the Redskins’ capabilities of getting after the passer, it also gives both Daniels and Wynn the chance to come off the field on third downs and stay fresher throughout the game.
With defensive tackles Cornelius Griffin and Haynesworth likely to command considerable attention inside, defensive coordinator Greg Blache has to be licking his chops thinking of all the mismatches he can create versus the pass game.
The Redskins now have three gifted athletes (Carter, Orakpo, and Jarmon) who can be used in a variety of ways to create pressure on the outside. Plus, with Jarmon now in the fold, the option of keeping Orakpo at SLB on third down and using him as a hybrid pass rusher further enhances the versatility the ‘Skins would have on defense.
One question that still remains: Will Jarmon be in the kind of physical shape needed to make an impact for the Redskins in 2009?
If the answer is yes, it looks as though they’ve found themselves another potential pass rusher with the upside to develop into an every-down lineman at the next level.
If the answer is no, the Skins will simply give Jarmon the time needed to develop and look at him more as a potential factor for in 2010.
Either way, the Redskins got themselves a talented defensive end prospect who certainly has the ability to play at the next level and make an impact on defense.
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