Thursday, July 16, 2009

Supplemental Draft: Jarmon Goes To Washington

Expected to be one of the top defensive linemen in college football in 2009, Kentucky product Jeremy Jarmon will instead be suiting up for the Washington Redskins this fall. Washington selected the Tennessee native earlier today in the third round of the 2009 Supplemental draft. He was the only player selected in the draft.

Jarmon put his name into the draft after he tested positive for a substance banned by the NCAA and was suspended for his senior campaign, ending his college career. The news was a surprise to most in the college football world because the former ‘Cat is a bright young man and character is one of his strengths. The political science major even cleared it with Coach Rich Brooks before starring in the school’s production of “Weak/Side/Help”, where he played a quarterback who dabbled with steroids.

The word “beast” would best describe Jarmon’s physical presence on the gridiron. He is 6’3” and weighs 279 lbs. which, when combined with his strength and speed, makes him a force to be reckoned with. He can punish opponents with his potent rushing tactics and often finds himself in the backfield eerily close to the quarterback, or whoever may be the unlucky one holding the football. His durability is unquestioned, as Jarmon did not miss a game since appearing in all 13 games in 2006 as a freshman. The SEC product accumulated 38 tackles, 10 for loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and six pass breakups in 2008 (All-SEC honorable mention by AP). His 2007 numbers were even more impressive: 62 tackles, 13.5 for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two pass breakups (second team All-SEC by the coaches).

Washington has already added defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth via free agency and former Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo with the 13th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft this off-season to bolster their defensive line. Jarmon will provide depth and could be the long-term answer at defensive end (see Jason Taylor), particularly if the ‘Skins decide to move Orakpo to outside linebacker as some have speculated. Drafting Jarmon means Washington will forfeit their 2010 third-round draft pick.

Other players who were eligible to be selected were Joe McMahon of Central Michigan, Demetrice Morley of Tennessee, Deon Murphy of Kansas St., Corey Surrency of Florida St., Blake Boyd of Western Kentucky, Dixon McKinner of Texas Tech and Southern Mississippi’s Torris Magee. Most recently, the San Diego Chargers selected defensive back Paul Oliver (Georgia) and the Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Omar Gaither (Maryland) in the 2007 Supplemental draft. No one applied for the 2008 Supplemental draft.

Other Supplemental draft notables include Brian Bosworth, AKA the Boz, whom the Seattle Seahawks selected coming out of Oklahoma in 1987. In 1989, the Arizona Cardinals tabbed Washington St. quarterback Timm Rosenbach and the Dallas Cowboys took Miami product Steve Walsh, while in 1993 the New York football Giants were smitten with a Dukie named Dave Brown who flourished under Steve Spurrier in Durham. All were first-round picks—none was worth it.

A pair of Supplemental picks that did pan out were Philadelphia’s selection of Cris Carter in 1987 and San Diego’s choice of noseman Jamal Williams in 1999.

Kenny Franek contributed to this piece.