July 19, 2009

Random Thoughts On The Jarmon Pick

First off, I looove it!

The 'Skins picked up Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon in the supplemental draft on Thursday.

They had to surrender a third round pick in next year's draft, but Jarmon was rated as high as a second round prospect in next year's draft before he failed testing for a banned substance.

Now he's a pro a year early and the 'Skins can groom him as a replacement for veterans Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn.

My buddy Rich Tandler gave a good writeup on how it is important to be patient with Jarmon. He might not play much on defense this year as he learns the ropes. However, as long as he stays off the inactive list and plays some special teams we won't have to worry about him.

This appears to be a long-term move so we shouldn't pull out our hair if Jarmon plays sparingly on defense this year. I think in the long-term he will pan out.

I have heard Jarmon wants to put his failed test behind him. and that he is very sorry. He was a hard worker at Kentucky and he posted some good workout numbers.

4.76 forty, 19 reps on the bench, 31-inch vertical, and impressive in position drills. Not bad at all.

He's 6-3, 273 and can play DE or DT. He's primarily a pass rusher, but with that size he needs to develop his technique against the run. He would make a great run-stuffing DE.

I wonder if his arrival means Wynn is gone. Rich gives his take on that as well. It's a good one.

The Skins have an overload at DT and DE. Lorenzo Alexander will make a case even though he could be the fifth DT. And that would most likely mean only four DEs.

The roster cuts will brutal on defense as the linebackers are plentiful as well. Three of them are draft picks (Orakpo, Robert Henson, and Cody Glenn). The 'Skins won't want cut the latter two because that would only add to the criticism that Vinny can't draft...So cutting Wynn makes sense. He's the odd man out it seems.

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