Perhaps the least talked about of the six Sun Devils particpating in this year's NFL Scouting Combine, defensive end Jamaar Jarrett took to the field on Monday for the combine events.
The odds of Jarrett being drafted were shaky coming in, so the importance of a very good performance in Indianapolis was paramount.
Here's the breakdown of how Jarrett fared at the Combine.
Size: Jarrett officially measured 6'5" and 265 pounds. Jarrett has a nice frame, but with many experts saying his best fit is in a 3-4 defense, he will need to bulk up.
40-Yard Dash: Initially, Jarrett clocked a 4.94 unofficial time, but once the machines had their say, the official time increased to 5.02, which was 34th in the group and a good ways behind the elite defensive end prospects.
Bench Press: Jarrett only managed 21 reps of the 225-pound bench press, a low figure for the position. That number was tied for the third fewest among all defensive linemen, and creates serious questions about his upper body strength, which given his projection as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, could be damning.
Vertical Leap: Not one of the better showings of his day, Jarrett's 30" vertical leap was among the lower figures posted by a defensive lineman on the day, ranking 35th.
Broad Jump: This was one of the positives for Jarrett. His leap of 114" (9'6") was a good number, placing 13th among the 59 defensive linemen. This event is an measurement of lower-body explosiveness, a key trait for a defensive lineman.
20-Yard Shuttle: Jarrett did fairly well in this event, designed to test lateral quickness. He posted a 4.34 mark, which again ranked 13th among the defensive linemen.
3-Cone Drill: Jarrett did not participate in this quickness and agility drill.
Overall Analysis: Jarrett's performance was unremarkable, and he did nothing to standout among the defensive linemen. Conversely, he did not do anything too poorly, making for an all-around average time in Indianapolis. His quickness drills suggest he may have success in a pass rushing role, but his production at ASU says otherwise. In addition, his smaller size and strength numbers indicate he will struggle against the run at the NFL level. Jarrett will need to really impress over the next two months if he is to have a chance at being drafted. In all likelihood, the undrafted free agent route looks like his best route to Sundays.
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