For the second day in a row, the Eagles passed over a corner in order to take a player at a different position. Yesterday, Jimmy Smith was on the board and the Eagles passed. Tonight, Brandon Harris was on the board and the Eagles passed on him.
Passing on Harris, the Eagles took Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. This is a bit of a surprise to me and might be an indicator about the future of free agent Quintin Mikell.
Jarrett stands at 6’2″ and 202 pounds. He has good height but could definitely afford to add some weight to his frame. During his career at Temple, Jarrett had 70+ tackles in three out of his four seasons and recorded nine interceptions.
Watching Jarrett on film, I didn’t see him as the type of player who projected with second-round talent. However, it seems that the Eagles hold more value in the safety position than we may have originally thought.
As a player, the thing that jumps out most to me is Jarrett’s athleticism. He doesn’t have the greatest technique and will definitely need to spend a lot of time in the film room, but he is a very gifted athlete.
This is the second year in a row that the Eagles drafted a safety in the second round. Last season, they drafted Nate Allen, who turned into an opening day starter. From what I’ve seen out of Jarrett, I don’t think he’s going to be ready to start on day one.
I see Jarrett has a guy who can shine if he proves that he is dedicated. He started almost his entire career at Temple, but I still think he’s a bit raw. If he puts in the time, he should make strides on the field.
Keeping that in mind, I think he’ll need a guy there to point him in the right direction. The Eagles have a group of young safeties right now who could use some veteran guidance. If they don’t retain Mikell, I hope they bring in a player who can share his wisdom of the game.
I think this pick is a bit of a reach, and it really seems like the Eagles may know something about their corner situation for next year that we don’t. Only time will tell.