Jaiquawn Jarrett, 6-2, 198, FS from Temple projected at SS in the NFL... 2nd-round draft pick of the Eagles, Jarrett is moving up in the polls of Eagles Eye/ex-patriate PE.com students of the game... who think he's headed to replace Quintin Mikell at SS for the Eagles in 2011...only one major problem---the lockout--- could keep Jarrett in a reserve role and on Special Teams... 40 Time: 4.62 40 Low: 4.54 40 High: 4.74 ... 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 14 Vertical Jump: 30 1/2
This kid from Brooklyn's famous Fort Hamilton High School has what it takes...and Eagles Eye readers have picked up on it. Jarrett's former high school head football coach Daniel Perez described Jaiquawn Jarrett as a “sweet, humble kid” off the gridiron, but a young man to be feared at all times on the football field.
The Philadelphia Eagles wholeheartedly agreed with his assessment.
“I mean, he just crushes people,” Eagles coach Andy Reid gushed, moments after making Jarrett the first-ever Fort Hamilton Tiger to be selected in the NFL Draft.
“I know he did that in high school. I know he transferred that to the college level. And I’d expect him to transfer that to this level. He’s a big-time hitter.”
The Eagles, who got a firsthand look at Jarrett smashing opposing receivers from his safety spot at nearby Temple University during the past several seasons, took the Fort Hamilton High standout in the second round with the 54th overall pick during the league’s annual swap meet.
“This is like a dream come true,” said the self-proclaimed "knockout artist". “I’ve been playing in Philadelphia for the past four years and I love being here. I can’t wait to get out there and practice.”
There were some early concerns that a less-than-spectacular time in the 40-yard dash would cost Jarrett some spots in the draft, but the perennial All-MAC selection credited the Eagles’ coaching staff for seeing through the raw numbers on paper.
“A lot of teams shied away from my '40 times,” he noted. “But coach Reid did a great job of evaluating me and saw something that a lot of people didn’t see. I’m a lot quicker on the field than I am running the '40.” And a lot scarier, too.
Perez told the Eagles before the Draft that opposing receivers had to keep their heads on a swivel to see if Jarrett was approaching, and Reid noted the same thing on film--- and during the rookie’s pre-draft workouts. Reid paid Jarrett the ultimate compliment by comparing him to former Eagles All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins, one of the hardest hitters in recent NFL memory.
“That’s a privilege, just to be compared to one of the best ever to play the game,” Jarrett said when he asked of the comparison. “I always enjoyed watching Brian Dawkins play. He’s a very forceful intimidator.” Oddly, Jarrett’s role model at the position is one of the most notorious names in NFL history.
“[Ex-Raiders safety] Jack Tatum is someone I always modeled myself after. He was known as ‘The Assassin’,” Jarrett revealed.
An assassin on the field, but a role model off it, is what Jarrett hopes to be in the City of Brotherly Love, especially when it comes to inspiring other Brooklyn kids to pursue their NFL dreams.
“My neighborhood was basically about basketball,” admitted the Bedford-Stuyvesant resident. “There’s a lot of talented football players in Brooklyn, but it’s rare that colleges go out to New York City to recruit. I keep that with me, and I walk around with a bit of a chip on my shoulder.
“I think I’m becoming a role model for New York City kids... Just to let them know that every dream is reachable.”
Though he may have a chance to compete for a starting job in the Eagles secondary right away, Jarrett is keeping things in perspective as he awaits the end of the ongoing NFL lockout.
“I’m coming in here to compete for a spot,” he said. “I’m coming in here with confidence... but not cocky and arrogant. The day I stop learning is the day I hang up the cleats.”
But here's the part that slows down the dream.
There is no doubt that the NFL's prolonged work stoppage will affect the latest class of incoming rookies and the impact they can have in Year 1.
Some of our readers here, notably Jerked Up and Kenemeka, have described the lockout scenario as keeping guys like Jarrett under wraps for at least another season due to the uncertainty and the training camp delays expected with the current lockout.
It’ll be a challenge. If it gets to the point of August and September without Training Camp, it’s going to be harder to get rookies on the field, even in a shortened season. Rookies generally need team supervision during the offseason to get on the field.
You put a premium on guys who are good players in college, who are smart guys who can pick things up quickly, who can play the way you like to play... But now, more than a month after the Draft, all head coaches know they likely won’t be able to meet with their rookies for at least several more weeks.
Without the coaching staff's ability to contact drafted players or even get them playbooks, it will be up to the rookies to prepare for the rigors of a game that is much faster than what they are used to in college.
“If this goes into June,” 2002 NFL MVP and CBS analyst Rich Gannon recently said, “I’ve had coordinators tell me you could pretty much write off the first year for these rookies. The coaches want to install as much as they can in minicamps, see what the new players can retain, then have them come back for other minicamps and offseason workouts, so by the time they get to training camps, they have seen what they need to do a few times."
Obviously, that (minicamps and OTA's) will not happen in 2011. And we may not get to see Jarrett challenge Mikell at SS until 2012.
THE REAL REASON OWNERS DO NOT WANT TO OPEN THEIR BOOKS....
I've been saying this for a while, but nobody seems to get it...yet. The real reason De Smith's demand for the Owners to "open their books" is so outrageous and unreasonable to the Owners is not that they are afraid to reveal financials to the public or to the players---but rather, THEY DON'T WANT THEIR FELLOW OWNERS TO SEE THEIR STUFF!!!!
Think about it. These are egotistical and narcissistic guys...they are self-made and self-glorifying individuals at heart. They are very rich men with very expensive toys. Why would they want their fellow club members to know how much debt they carry or how much money they spent on market research or scouting expenses? Furthermore, they are NOT a fraternity---they are RIVALS out to steal the ultimate prize in a 1-out-of-32 annual marathon race. Why would they willingly submit "trade secrets" to the general scrutiny of each other? Put yourself in the shoes of an Owner, and this would make sense.
Vying for a Super Bowl win is the ultimate Rich Guys' Poker Game... they will never willingly show their cards to each other. It would just be unnatural.
A BELATED TRIBUTE TO A FALLEN EAGLE...
Lost in the shuffle of the lockout madness was the passing of a former Eagle from the 1960 NFL Championship Team:
Gene Gossage, DE/DT/G, 6-3, 245, Cincinnati/transferred to Northwestern... drafted 328th overall in 1958 by the Eagles...
Gene Gossage played 40 games with the Eagles from 1960 to 1962. He was a two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection at Northwestern.
Gene gave real meaning to the term "gentle giant".
"Gene Gossage and I played football together at Northwestern. I remember Gene as an excellent player and a really decent guy who was a pleasure to get to know. My condolences to his family." - Frank Caiazza (Barrington, IL)
Gossage is survived by his wife, Jaqueline; a son, Gene Gossage; a daughter, Jennifer Carr; and a grandson, Hudson Carr.
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Trent, good stuff...My hope is that "3d"'s posturing is just an "act"... but he's got some 'splainin' to do when and if we all re-convene over at PE.com...
And back to the formally respectable 3d. Dude has crossed lines not only towards Keneally, but bros as well... I know, I say some pretty vulgar shit in here, but those who get me realize it's tongue in cheek, and occasionally with a joke within a joke. He isn't jokin, just a joke.
I mean c'mon, spuds is writing about soccer, and half the posts over there are blasts towards former members.
All I know is lupus recaptured the lightning in a bottle over here, and in the slowest of times in recent NFL history, this blogosphere is not only alive, it's kicking ass.
Not that I have any thoughts of grandeur that I would be missed, but 3d has all but ruined that site for me. I could go over there and tear him a new one, but for what? I don't want him here, and I don't want to be there......
There seems to be a consenus that once PE.com is "normal" again, we'll all go skipping back to frolic again there. Not so sure about this guy......
so,... soon life as we know it ,will cease to exist,...which reminds me of a song,..ill be sliding home when the bananas are ripe!,..whoswiffme?......nite fellow jockeys,...gettyup!
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There is actually a GREAT website, by a pretty smart guy,...that kinda does just that, on drafts going all the way back like to the 80's. He calls it sumptin' like "what the First Round should have been".....he basically couches it as, what would happen if GM's could go back in time, who would be the first overall pick, 2nd, etc. Like in the 1996 ddraft, Dawkins was like in the top 5.....Brady was the first overall pick in his draft....then he compares them to who actually went in that slot. It's an extremely addictive site....and you could spend an hour or two going thru em...easy.
I actually can;'t stand foos that come in to these sites and claim the Eagle should have taken this guy over that guy. Thats stupid stuff. But tfor just a topic... I'm good wif dat!
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Loopes,....before I vacate, I have an article idear for you: pick a draft of a couple years ago, say 2007, or '06, or sumptin'....and do a follow up, of da players picked right around where the Eagles first 3 picks were taken,.....a kinda "what coulda been" sort of game....whether in the Eagles favor,...OR on a player the Eagles missed out on that was taken 2 or 3 piks before or after the Eagles pik. Just an idear (although a pretty awesome one)....