Jachai Polite

Florida
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
Florida
Hometown
Class
FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
258 lbs
32 5/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.46
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Jets
Jets
Round 3 ‧ Pick 4
40 Yard Dash
4.84u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
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Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
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3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Jachai (pronounced juh-KYE) was an all-state pick his junior year at Daytona Beach's Mainland High School, and signed on with the Gators to stay only a couple hours' drive from home. He added weight as a freshman to get on the field, playing inside in 12 games (11 tackles, 3.5 for loss, two sacks). He played strong-side defensive end as a sophomore, starting 4 of 7 games played (22 tackles, 5.5 for loss, two sacks) before suffering a shoulder injury that ended his season. Despite starting just 5 of 13 games played in 2018, his ability to make plays in the backfield earned him second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press and second-team all-conference nod from SEC coaches. He led the Gators with 17.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks on the year (among his 45 total stops) and led the nation with six forced fumbles. Polite sat out the opening series of the team's first game after coaches said he "failed to meet the Gator standard."
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Day 3 (Rounds 4-7)
NFL Comparison
Damontre Moore
Overview
Just one year of big-time production, but he's an instinctive rusher with natural feel for attacking the pocket. Polite's frightening speed to the edge on tape was missing in his pre-draft workouts as he showed up much heavier and with purported hamstring issues during all of his testing. The game tape shows an ability to rush the pocket with a fluid, diverse attack, but he might not have the grit necessary to play the run as a 3-4 outside linebacker on early downs. His troubling post-season that included bad combine interviews, bad workouts and additional weight around the midsection has substantially clouded his draft standing into the boom-or-bust category.
Strengths
  • Pass-rush attack is instinctive and diverse
  • Blazing get-off sets the table for success
  • Fluid movement with loose hips and fast feet
  • Bendy and flexible to flip his hips and trim the edge
  • Able to stack rush moves on top of each other to build momentum
  • Explosive burst to finish the quarterback
  • Deft transition from speed rush into long-arm stab counter
  • Spin move is lurking as unstoppable weapon with work
  • Intimidating closing burst in pursuit of the ball
  • Athletic ability to sink and shift directions to as tackler
  • Pursuit speed is impressive
  • Really fast when chasing the rock
  • Ability to slip blocks and access edge in run game
  • No fear in mixing it up at point of attack
Weaknesses
  • Dropped weight for added quickness but lost some strength
  • Needs to hit the weights and the steaks for NFL mass
  • Might need to begin career as designated rusher only
  • Ducks head into initial contact
  • Not a thumper when plugging pulling guards
  • Swallowed by tacklers with strong grips
  • Below-average strength to shed and tackle
  • Needs to add more pop in his hands
  • Drag-down tackler
  • Hands lack power to chop/swipe and deaden the edge
  • Struggles to fight through redirection at the turn
  • Scouts are concerned about maturity and character

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GRADE
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