Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon worked out for scouts — including Packers director of college scouting John Dorsey — on Thursday, one week ahead of the NFL's Supplemental Draft.
Eighteen teams made the trek to Lexington, Ky., to watch the workout. Dorsey's appearance was confirmed by agent Jimmy Sexton's office.
Jarmon tested positive for a banned substance and was ruled ineligible for the upcoming season. Since he redshirted as a true freshman, the suspension exhausted his collegiate eligibility, so he threw his name into the draft's hat. He leaves Kentucky with 17.5 sacks in three seasons, the third-most in school history.
The 6-foot-3 Jarmon weighed in at 278 pounds on Thursday. While that falls outside of the ideal framework of a 3-4 defensive end by an inch and 15 pounds, the Packers broke from the norm by drafting Jarius Wynn (6-3, 277) in the sixth round in April's regular draft. What the Packers liked about Wynn — his long wingspan — is a trait also possessed by Jarmon.
He's certainly athletic enough, posting 40-yard times ranging from 4.79 to 4.83 seconds, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader's Chip Cosby.
Joining Dorsey was Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins' executive vice president of football operations.
"First you evaluate (Jarmon) on film, and if you like what you see on film then it brings you down for the workout," Cerrato told Cosby. "It gives you a chance to see him move around and see him athletically, and you get to talk to him, his coaches and trainers and find out all the background information."
Even with the failed drug test, Jarmon comes highly regarded from his collegiate coaches. He has his degree (in political science) and has said he doesn't have so much as a speeding ticket on his record.
"Some teams didn't even ask about it," Jarmon said. "The questions they had were answered by (athletics director) Mitch Barnhart and (compliance director) Sandy Bell. Some teams just wanted me to explain my mind-set, and throughout the process they've been understanding. All the information is out there, they've seen it all, and now they're ready to move on and find someone to help them on their defensive line."
The Supplemental Draft is carried out via e-mail. The teams, slotted into three groups based on their won/loss percentage the year previous, contact the league with a list of the players they'd draft and the round in which they'd take them. Any team that uses a Supplemental Draft pick would lose the corresponding selection in the NFL Draft the following April. When the Packers grabbed Wahle, they had to relinquish a second-round pick in the 1999 draft.
So, Dorsey and general manager Ted Thompson will have to determine whether Jarmon is worth losing a draft pick in 2010. The Packers figure to keep six or, at most, seven defensive linemen. Ryan Pickett, Cullen Jenkins and B.J. Raji are locks, with Wynn, Justin Harrell and Johnny Jolly the top contenders for the other three spots, and undrafted Ronald Talley and holdovers Michael Montgomery and Alfred Malone also very much in the mix.
Unfortunately for the Packers, they won't know the fate of Jolly, who's scheduled to go on trial for possession of codeine on July 17, until after the Supplemental Draft. Jarmon could provide some insurance should Jolly be found guilty and suspended by the league, though Jolly's size (6-3, 325) is no comparison to Jarmon, Talley, Wynn or Montgomery, with Montgomery the heaviest of the bunch at 282 pounds.
Jarmon likely will be the only player drafted. Others who have made themselves eligible are Texas Tech defensive end McKinner Dixon, Kansas State receiver Deon Murphy, Tennessee defensive back Demetrice Morley, Western Kentucky linebacker Blake Boyd, Southern Mississippi receiver Torris Magee, Central Michigan guard-tackle Joe McMahon and Florida State receiver Corey Surrency.
Since its inception in 1977, 37 players have been selected via the Supplemental Draft, including Mike Wahle by the Packers in 1998. Among the most notable selections were quarterback Bernie Kosar (Cleveland, 1985), wide receiver Cris Carter (Philadelphia, 1987) and linebacker Brian Bosworth (Seattle, 1987).
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