1. The Redskins have long needed a young defensive end. This is what they should have drafted a year ago. Or two. Phillip Daniels is 36 and Renaldo Wynn is 34. So this is a smart move. Get the kid in here a year earlier than he would have been otherwise, teach him the system and let him take over next year – when he would have been a rookie – or the following year. Jarmon was not a stud at Kentucky, but he was a good player. How good? We'll see. But the Redskins expect him to help immediately on special teams, thanks to his 4.79 speed in the 40.
2. I'm not bothered by his suspension (one year by the NCAA for taking a banned diuretic supplement). Who knows the truth when it comes to what athletes get banned for. I'm inclined to believe him when he says it was for an over-the-counter dietary supplement. It's a lesson for anyone taking anything that their trainers do not know about. It's not smart. But Jarmon seems to have his head on right, having already graduated with a degree in Political Science.
3. Wynn is in trouble. We thought so to begin with, considering Daniels looks healthy. But it's hard to imagine keeping Wynn around now that they have another young end, not to mention Lorenzo Alexander and Rob Jackson. Wynn has been one of our favorites; a true pro. But it's hard to see where he fits in.
4. Five other teams wanted Jarmon. All five of those teams put a claim on him in the fourth round (this is not like a normal draft, obviously). So the Redskins would not have gotten Jarmon had they waited another round. This does cost them their third-round pick in 2010, but there's really no reason to be bothered by the loss of that choice. Again, they got a young end in their system one year early.
5. Jarmon must get stronger. He only lifted 225 pounds 19 times, a low figure for a 280-pound end. But he and the Redskins both know this and Jarmon on a conference call today even mentioned the strength coach by name (John Hastings), saying he knew Hastings would help him get stronger. It's a little thing, but I like that he knew his name.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He
has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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