Photo of Jaquiski Tartt
Grade
5.54 ?
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 221LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

Redshirted his freshman year in 2010. In 2011, played in 11 games with 23 tackles, including 8 against Appalachian State. Started all 11 games at free safety in 2012 and was named first-team All-Conference and All-American. Was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in all of Division I-FCS football. Was named All-Conference and All-American again in 2013 as a redshirt junior after starting 12 games at free safety and tying for third on the team in tackles with 98, including 69 solo stops. In 2014, was named to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America team after finishing second on the team with 62 tackles, including 53 solo stops. For his career, Tartt tallied 277 total tackles (199 solo tackles), six interceptions, 20 pass break-ups and 6.5 tackles for loss.

Analysis

Strengths

Well-built with impressive overall size. Gets downhill quickly from high safety to mix it up in run support. Takes good angles to ball carriers and is an aggressive tackler. Willing to play through pain and compete. Fierce competitor. Plays with confident, clear eyes to diagnose and handle his responsibilities. Attacks the ball at point of catch to disrupt wide receiver and dislodge the pass.

Weaknesses

Gets caught staring into backfield as a single high safety. Will let post routes get behind him and doesn't feature recovery speed to get back into that play. Becomes over-aggressive in space and will overrun tackles. Limited man-cover ability.

NFL Comparison

Barry Church

Bottom Line

Tartt has terrific size and is a physical tackler but he must show that he can handle coverage responsibilities. Despite playing 2-deep and single-high coverage, Tartt's size and aggressiveness as a tackler might be best utilized around the line of scrimmage or in a "robber" scheme. Tartt has the size, athleticism and overall talent to be an NFL starter.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.