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Posted July 17, 2009

Skins Land Jarmon

If you can find an impact pass rusher in the third round, then I would consider that one hell of a draft pick.

The Washington Redskins did exactly that yesterday, spending their 2010 third-round draft pick on Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon.

The NCAA suspended Jarmon for the upcoming season for testing positive for a banned substance. Jarmon says it was a vitamin supplement he received at a health store in Lexington, and stopped taking the supplement after the training staff warned him.

Jarmon already received his degree from the University of Kentucky in political science and is an avid actor on UK's campus (he was the lead actor in a football play). Head Coach Rich Brooks had nothing but good things to say about Jarmon, and this shows he really doesn't have any character concerns.

In hindsight, the Redskins might have made off with a huge steal. Look at Robert Ayers. In 2007, Ayers accumulated 34 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and four sacks as a junior. In Jarmon's junior season last year, he had 38 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. With very similar size and athleticism, if Ayers had the potential to go in the first round, then why couldn't Jarmon do the same in 2010?

Jarmon has the potential to be a starting left defensive end for the Redskins, but early on in his career, he will contribute as a pass-rushing specialist and on special teams. He is great at setting the edge in the run and plays with a powerful bull rush. He can run the horn and has the athleticism to be a productive pass-rusher in the NFL. His most underrated quality is the ability to swat down balls at the line of scrimmage, which is definitely an important asset with so many teams in the NFL that use a West Coast offense and like to take a lot of three-step drops.

I don't have anything but good things to say about this move for Washington, though a second-rounder for Jarmon might have been too much for some other team. Jarmon has some upside and great intangibles to be a player in the NFL. The Redskins don't really lose anything this year (until the 2010 NFL Draft) and Jarmon can play a big role in the Redskins making the playoffs next season.

Now, if only I could figure out what the heck this team is doing in terms of playing Brian Orakpo at strongside linebacker...





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