ASHBURN, Va. -- When it comes to the NFL Draft, Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan does his best work in the middle to late rounds. McCloughan didn't just select a player worthy of making the roster in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. Instead, the GM tabbed a player who quickly moved into key roles, who looked like a core player. Because defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett's storybook season ended with an injury thud, nobody's quite sure what to make of his immediate and long-term future. .
Before the Washington Redskins
The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder started three seasons at Virginia Tech, playing 13 games in each campaign. What Jarrett lacked as a shutdown corner in the ACC, he made up for with physical play against the run peppered with intensity. was a strong defender against the run. Set career-high's during his senior season in tackles, interceptions, passes defended and forced fumbles.
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What the Analysts Said
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
"Productive, yet limited, three-year starter with a nose for the ball and a willingness to play a physical brand of football. He can be a liability in coverage and will have to be covered up by scheme, but he's an absolute bulldog around the line of scrimmage and can play on special teams right away."
Rob Rang, CBSSports.com
"Fast, explosive and physical, Jarrett possesses the range to play deep safety, the quickness and strength to man up at the line, and the toughness to move up into the box and play the run, making him ideal for the rover position. Physically, Jarrett is a bit of a 'tweener with a frame that looks better suited to nickel back rather than safety. He's still learning how to play the ball, as he'll fail to locate or close with good timing consistently."
Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com
"Jarrett had a huge game to help the Hokies upset Ohio State on the road in 2014. He recorded two interceptions, one pass broken up and five tackles. The senior didn't play well against Miami, Pittsburgh or in other games. Jarrett totaled 88 tackles, five passes broken up, one forced fumble and three interceptions in 2014. He could go undrafted."
Selected as a safety, Jarrett quickly became Washington's slot cornerback in coordinator Joe Barry's defense. The promotion was earned. Jarrett proved adept in coverage and forceful near the scrimmage. He finished fourth on the Redskins with 58 tackles. That his season finished prematurely clouds the otherwise promising debut. Jarrett missed Washington's playoff game after suffering a season-ending nerve injury in his shoulder injury in Week 17 against Dallas while trying to tackle Cowboys running back Darren McFadden.
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“You know, we haven’t had a lot of changes in that update, really. He’s been to see three specialists now and we’re just going to wait and let it play out and then make a decision on what to do next."
That's what Redskins coach Jay Gruden said about Jarrett following the team's mini-camp earlier this month, adding that he's not been made aware of any timeline for the safety's return. Best guess about his future at this moment isn' good. The injured shoulder reportedly lost significant strength. Jarrett already missed significant practice time this offseason. It appears there is more watching in his future. Whether he'll return to the field in the future at anytime is perhaps the biggest question of all. The Redskins fortified their secondary this offseason with free agents Josh Norman and David Bruton plus rookies Su'a Cravens and Kendall Fuller. Maybe those moves happen regardless. Maybe some were influenced by the fear Jarrett's slot corner prowess might ot return to action anytime soon.
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Neil Dalal contributed. Follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.
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