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Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 215LBS. Weight


Jarboe’s two years in Jonesboro have been a nice change from the self-induced controversy he experienced during his high school and early collegiate years. Expelled from high school for receiving stolen property and having a gun on school grounds, he got his high school degree on-line with the intent on playing at Oklahoma. His time there was short, however, as he was arrested on a misdemeanor gun charge and eventually dismissed after a YouTube video surfaced featuring Jarboe espousing the virtues of violence. He was also dismissed from his next stop, Troy, after a couple of arrests and a slew of team rules violations before settling down a bit in junior college. During his time with the Red Wolves, however, his talent has shown through – intriguing scouts with his NFL body and playmaking skills once between the white lines.

The NCAA did not allow Jarboe to play at Troy for the 2008 season after his dismissal from Oklahoma the summer before his true freshman year, so he redshirted. He played in 11 games for the Trojans, starting three (15-248, one touchdown) and then starred at Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2010, becoming an all-state pick (42-495, two TD). Sun Belt coaches voted him second-team all-conference in 2011, as he made 54 catches for 730 yards and two scores in his first year working with quarterback Ryan Aplin at ASU.



Really gets down the field, shoots out of his stance for a player with NFL-quality height and length. Uses slow move to set up pressing cornerback on slant route. Uses suddenness and burst to create separation. Usually an outside receiver but sees time in the slot, specifically for bubble screens. Shows back shoulder hands catching while momentum is carrying him the opposite direction. Comfortable catching and tracking vertical throws over inside shoulder. Flashes toughness along the sideline. Also comfortable sitting in soft zones and hands catching on targets at the numbers. Speed to burn after the catch.


Lackadaisical on routes when play goes to the opposite side. Full effort is not always there. Routes are rounded on underneath or outside breaking patterns. Does not create separation with route running, because it is sloppy. Not a blocker, cannot sustain and falls to the ground too easily. Everything is in spurts and flashes, nothing good happens consistently. Did not go up and get the ball at the highest point.

NFL Comparison

David Gettis

Bottom Line

Jarboe’s off-field issues have caused him to be expelled from high school and bounce from Oklahoma to Troy to junior college before finally finding a home at Arkansas State. The 2011 second-team All-Sun Belt pick (54-730, two TD in 2011) uses his big body to present a nice target, and scouts also like his elusiveness with the ball in his hands. If he can stay on the straight and narrow through 2012, a team could take a flier on his talent late in the draft with the hopes he’s matured.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.