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Jalen Pitre

S Baylor 5-11 198 SR #8


 

GRADE: 82  OVR RANK: TBC  POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 30 5/8″ // HAND SIZE: 9″
40YD: ( %) // 10YD: ( %) // VJ: 35″ (65%) // BJ: ( %)
BP: 16 (57%) // SS: 4.18 (79%)// 3C: 6.74 (95%)

Projection: Has to be used in particular packages that allow him to be around the ball in the box, blitzing, playing the run, and covering in zone underneath. Draft Projection: Day 2 ~ Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network

Ravens Fit: Fascinating discussion from a Ravens perspective. He is one of best processors in the draft and the Ravens will love his smarts and his toughness – you can see him set the edge against OTs and shed far bigger blockers. There is a lot of tightness in his hips though and you would need specific packages that don’t ask him to cover as a Nickel on quicker slot guys in man coverage as the Ravens may ask him to do. Playing in the Ravens scheme, teams could target him but the Ravens could also find creative ways to use him. Ultimately though, I think a heavier Zone team will value him higher.
 
Overall Fit 3/5

Context

Leader of the Baylor secondary, played close to the line of scrimmage as a run defender, blitzer and mostly in underneath zone coverage

Coverage

He rarely played the deep zone at all so it was difficult to judge his range but you can see him get to the ball from other positions and make a judgment about his range. He has good long speed and excellent processing ability that allows him to get off his spot quickly but he has significant stiffness in hips that can mean he labors to the sideline on outside the number throws. Will not be able to make plays outside the numbers from center-field because of this deficiency in his transition mechanics. He also misjudges his relative athleticism when taking angles to Wide Receivers with quicker play speed and better timing from Quarterbacks. In underneath zone coverage, he is able to use his smarts, understanding of route progressions and reading of the Quarterback to get to the football on underneath routes.

He will run routes for Wide Receivers as his diagnosis is so fast, when he doesn’t have to use his reactive athleticism, he’s in less trouble as a cover guy. In man coverage he struggles to stay in phase, specifically having trouble with quicker receivers in short areas with good change of direction, who will have a two-way go on him. He can particularly struggle on option routes when he can’t use his processing as effectively. Specifically when playing a catch-man technique or executing a flat foot read, quicker slot WRs can take advantage of his marginal ability to open his hips in both directions.

When playing in off-man against receivers with better disguise and salesmanship to their routes, he can’t use his processing to get ahead of their break. He will effectively cover Tight Ends because of his size and play strength. His processing allows him to cover RBs out of the backfield with ease. When he does stay in phase or breaks on the ball in Zone, he demonstrates good ball skills, using good timing/physicality to get to ball.

Run Support and Tackling

A leader in the secondary who would point out plays pre-snap to teammate, read run pass effectively and quickly break down run concepts to get to the point of attack quickly. Good physical toughness and competitiveness, he would always stick his nose in against the run, where it wasn’t wanted. He would play with excellent play strength because of his leverage and use of hands – he can set the edge like a 250lb outside linebacker, he can fill and spill like an inside linebacker, and can take on and shed Offensive Linemen, tackling all types of runner in the box. In the open-field, he can over-pursue and in space will only get guys with good change of direction down with ankle tackles due to his lateral quickness challenges. Physical and fast blitzer with some bend off the edge.

SUMMARY
Box defender who attacks the run and blitzes with aggression and very good play strength. Outstanding processor but tight hips causes challenges in man coverage

PRODUCTION
SR: 5 Sacks, 2 QB Hits, 82 Total Tackles, 2 FFs, 2 INTs, 6 PBUs
JR: 2 Sacks, 2 QB Hits, 61 Total Tackles, 1 FF, 2 INTs, 2 PBUs INJURY: Shoulder Inj (JR) 4 games played, redshirted. Torn ACL (HS)

RAVENS FIT
Athleticism 3
Intelligence 5
Versatility 3
Grit 5
Scheme 3

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