With the 22nd pick in the second round of the NFL draft, the Eagles surprised picking local product Jaiquawn Jarrett from Temple University. The Eagles have held a private workout with the hard hitting safety, who also went on a visit to the New York Giants.
Jarrett is an interesting pick as he could potentially signal the end of Quintin Mikell's career in Philadelphia. Mikell is a free agent and the Eagles now have three young safeties, two of which are second round picks in Jarrett and Nate Allen.
Jarrett's highlights show a guy that's not afraid of contact and is a fantastic wrap up tackler. The physical way he plays belies his seemingly small 6-1, 200 pounds frame. CBS Sports praised his intelligence and football instincts.
Intelligent player with the football instincts necessary to start at the next level. Though he likes to attack run plays before the snap, his quickness and football intelligence allows him to get back into the deep third to be a factor in play action. Patient on misdirection, keeps his eyes in the backfield, plants and drives to the ball once it's clear where the play is going.
ESPN noted his knack for creating turnovers and praised his aggressive nature.
Plays like a free safety in the Owls' scheme but probably better suited to be a strong safety in the NFL. ... Really liked how aggressive he was once he recognized the play and came forward. Only had one missed tackle that I saw and that came on the first play of the game against Penn State when he was stiff-armed in the open field. In other opportunities he was able to come forward, strike a blow and bring the ball carrier down. ... Has a unique ability to cause turnovers. In the three games I studied, he caused a fumble in all of them. He is not afraid to hit you and try to rip the ball free