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Combine Results

Grade
5.34 ?
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 7.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'10" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 204LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

Jerome earned enough recognition throughout his four years as a starter for the Red Flash that the Senior Bowl came calling after a senior season where he was named a first-team FCS All-American by the Associated Press. Jerome intercepted six passes in 2016, to go along with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 11 pass break-ups, and a kick return touchdown (14 returns for 405 yards). He was a first-team All-Northeast Conference selection in every season of this career, starting as a true freshman (56 tackles, six INT -- one returned for a score, 10 pass breakups). He excelled as a sophomore as a defender (79 tackles, two TFL, three INT -- one for a score, 16 PBU) and returner (14-289 kick returns, 12-136, one touchdown on punts). Jerome repeated that production in 2015, earning second-team All-American honors (58 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, three INT, 10 PBU).

Analysis

Strengths

Has outstanding instincts and ball skills. Has the strong hands and catch radius of a wide receiver. Takes direct paths to the ball and operates with optimal timing in attacks on the football. Ball production was through the roof during his entire career. Has experience playing over the slot and will overlap his coverage if he smells the football headed near him. Former high school quarterback with a good feel for the game. Rose to the occasion in a big way at both NFLPA game and Senior Bowl grabbing two interceptions in each of those games. Seems to find access to a second gear with the ball is in the air. Aggressive in run support. Races downhill and attacks the legs each and every time. Flashed dangerous potential as a kick and punt returner in all four years in college.

Weaknesses

Lacks desired NFL size. Teams will want him to add weight to hold up to his physical style if his frame allows it. Scouts question his overall speed after a spring timing of 4.62 in the forty. Is a little bit tight hipped and he barely lifts his feet off of the ground when he runs. Benefitted from playing in slot, but may not be able to do that in NFL. Will grab receivers around the waist and hang on when beaten in a route. At times, gets so wrapped up in taking the ball away that he will get lax with his technique.

Draft Projection

Round 4-5

Sources Tell Us

"He was easily the most instinctive safety at the Senior Bowl. He jumps everything, and I mean everything. I don't think he knows what NFL speed is going to look like so he could get himself in some trouble if he just wants to sit on everything. He has average athletic ability and average speed from what I can tell on tape. He's a good football player though." -- AFC National scout

Bottom Line

While he's not the biggest or fastest safety, he does not back down from the physicality of the position and he has a second gear when he's chasing after the ball. NFL teams love instinctive safeties who take the ball away and Jerome is working on a Master's Degree in both categories. Teams will have to decide how he best fits inside their defense, but Jerome's ability to return kicks and his ability to take the ball away should help him find the field fairly quickly.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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