The University of Kentucky defensive end had his world rocked recently when he tested positive for a NCAA banned substance that was in an over the counter diet supplement he purchased. His punishment was a one-year suspension -- and end of his illustrious career at UK.
Jarmon is no ordinary player. He was projected as anywhere from a third- to fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft if he had left his name in the player pool instead of deciding to return to Kentucky. "He's probably the best defensive player at Kentucky," said one NFL scout Monday.
The scout did not want to be identified because his team is interested in drafting Jarmon.
However, the scout said even though cornerback Trevard Lindley and linebacker Micah Johnson, who both also thought of leaving UK after their junior year, get more publicity and fanfare than Jarmon, he has no doubt that Jarmon was UK's best player.
"He ties up blockers. He can get to the quarterback. He can make big plays at big times," the scout said. "He was going to get better, too. This is a kid who is really motivated to be the best he can be. He's a leader, the kind of player every team wants. I don't know who else Kentucky has coming in to play end, but they are really going to miss him."
The scout wouldn't speculate on where Jarmon would be drafted. Yet he left little doubt that he expected Jarmon to be picked.
"There's a lot to like about him. It's just a matter of which team thinks he fits best to go along with the draft picks they already have and the free agents they may have signed," the scout said.
Still, this is not really a gamble for Jarmon. His only other option was to sit out the year. He could have stayed at UK and worked out in the weight room. He could have run on his own. He could have studied film on his own. But he could not practice. He could not play in games. By the time the 2010 draft rolls around, odds are Jarmon's stock would have decreased from the value he has today.
Teams know they don't have to worry about Jarmon's character or off-field behavior. His suspension was a combination of bad luck -- timing of the drug test -- and foolishness -- not heeding the advice he received from UK coaches to always check before taking any over the counter drugs.
Some team will pick Jarmon and he'll have his NFL opportunity. He's lost his final year at UK, but he's making the right move to restart his football career now.