Draft Profile: Jachai Polite

By Brady Spegal |
Draft Profile: Jachai Polite

Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Measurables: 6'2 242 lbs  

Career Statistics: per Sports-Reference.com

29 games, 44 solo tackles, 34 assists, 28.5 TFL, 15 sacks, 8 FF

Honors: First Team ALL-SEC (2018)

 

Strengths 

  • Rush Moves: Polite is not your typical college speed pass rusher. Polite comes with a variety of well established and effective pass rush moves. While his initial first step seems to be off a little bit he makes up for it with his finesse and speed. 

“With fantastic speed and athleticism, he is a force off the edge. Polite is slippery and displays good instincts as a playmaker.” - Todd McShay

  • Passion: I've never witnessed someone who enjoys the game of football as much as Jachai Polite. If you're unfamiliar with Polite I highly suggest you look up his college football highlights. My personal favorite is when he misses a tackle in the backfield and runs about fifteen yards downfield to make the tackle. Polite will give you 110% on every play until the whistle blows. 

“I’ve been around guys who had some different deals with power and length. [Former Gator] Carlos Dunlap had unbelievable length. I had Preston Smith [at Mississippi State] who had great length with explosion. But not just the pure quickness and the burst ... that I’ve seen with Polite.” - Dan Mullins Flordia 

Weaknesses

  • Run Defense: Polite seems to struggle against the run. He seems somewhat overwhelmed in the trenches at times and his smaller frame doesn't help in power sets. 
  • Tackling / Finishing: Jachai Polite is not a punishing tackler by any means.  Most of his forced fumbles come from strip sacks. (He has the perfect mentor in Robert Mathis but don't get me started on that)  

 

Conclusion

  • Scheme Fit: Many experts have Jachai Polite slated in a 3-4 Defense.  However, I personally believe he would fit in just fine on a 4-3 Defense. He has outstanding range and mobility which would fit in very nicely alongside Jabaal Sheard. I personally see Polite as a pass rush specialist who can easily command double-digit sacks.  Just don't expect him to rack up a lot of tackles. 

"I like other people at my position, the way they play it but I don't think my game's the same as theirs. I'm Jachai and just, I don't know, I think I'm different. I know I'm different." -Jachai Polite

  • Grade:Personally, I don't see Jachai Polite sliding all the way to the Colts pick in the 1st Round, but it is very possible. The Redskins are said to have interest in him at pick 22.  And, other teams will be taking a long look at him if he performs how I expect him to at the Combine in Indianapolis. If the Colts somehow end up with Polite look out Indianapolis you may have just found yourself another Dwight Freeney!
  • Pro Comparison:Dwight Freeney

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