Warren was a three year starter at Michigan who amassed 170 tackles, 22 pass break ups and six interceptions. Warren was also a freshman All-American and 2009 Big Ten First Team member as voted by the media. Warren declared for the NFL Draft as he claimed the Advisory Board had told him he'd be drafted in the first three rounds. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay also had him penciled in as a day two pick. None of this came to fruition and the Jets were able to sign Warren away from several teams in part because his godfather Mark Carrier was a defensive line coach with the team.
Warren went from a possible top 100 selection in the draft to undrafted free agent in large part due to a knock suffered prior to the combine.
"I think that had something to do with it a little bit," said Warren of his injury that hampered him at the combine in Indianapolis. "You can't really look too much into the past though, and I'll just focus on the present and I'm looking to do big things here and just take advantage of the opportunity I have right now."
With the Jets, Warren has been learning from the likes of Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith, benefitting from these two pros. However, the playbook is something he can only teach himself as he claims he spends much more time learning it now than at Michigan.
"A lot more time - it's a big difference…I'd say at least about 75% more. At Michigan I knew the playbook - this now I have to study every night," said Warren.
Now with the Jets, Warren describes himself as a complete safety having gone through OTA sessions and mini-camp.
"I feel like I'm a complete player. I played corner in college, so I feel I'm able to cover and am a little bit aggressive and also come up and make tackles," said Warren.
As a member of the Jets, Warren feels like he can bring a lot of intensity as well as an ability to slow the run. After all, his three years in the rushing intensive Big Ten have helped him in learning how to take down running backs.
"I feel like I can bring a lot of intensity to the defense as far as their special teams. Helping out on special team also and bringing that diversity being able to cover as a safety and also being able to come up and be aggressive against the tackle and run," said Warren.
Will Warren's tenure with the Jets last past August? Warren showed good strength going up against physical players such as Braylon Edwards and Marcus Henry, two of the biggest players on the Jets' roster. He's also shown good footwork and lateral movement. It looks like Donovan Warren might be finding a home in New York this fall.
Matt Whitfield covers the Jets for GreenAndWhiteReport.com