Defensive End Rankings Going Into The 2019 NFL Combine

Defensive End Rankings Going Into The 2019 NFL Combine

2019 NFL Draft

Defensive End Rankings Going Into The 2019 NFL Combine


3. Jachai Polite, Florida 6-2, 242 (1)

Career Statistics: 78 tackles, 15 sacks, 28.5 tackles for loss, 8 forced fumbles

Why Jachai Polite Is Here On The List: He’s an interestingly quirky prospect. The production didn’t kick in until his junior year, turning into a holy terror under Dan Mullen with 11 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss with six forced fumbles last season. But considering he’ll be a top 15 overall pick, and it took two years to gear up and get his chance to rock, there might be a little one-year wonder concern.

Whatever. He’s special enough to grow into the most dangerous end in the draft.

He’s built to be a tough run defender, but he’s a speed rusher who can get into the backfield in a hiccup. Is he an outside linebacker, a defensive end, or a hybrid who’ll be thrown out there and be asked to produce? It’ll be the reason …

What The NFL Types Want To See: Body type will be the talk about his prospects. He has good weight, but he might need to add a little more to become the all-around end some might project him to be. While others might look for him to get a wee bit lighter, hoping he can keep his speed and burst.

Bottom Line: He’s probably going to be the second true defensive end to come off the board, but there’s a wee bit of a risk here. The team that takes needs to have a set plan, role, and idea about what to do with him and how his body should be. The wrong call might turn him into a wee bit of a disappointment early on, but hit on all those tools, and there’s something special to unleash.

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