Jachai Polite

Florida
EDGE
DL48

Prospect Info

College
Florida
Hometown
Class
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
258 lbs
32 5/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.91
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.84
Seconds
 
Bench Press
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Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
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INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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
NFL Comparison
Vic Beasley
Overview
Instinctive rusher with natural feel for attacking the pocket and the explosive athletic ability to finish the job. Polite's frightening speed to the edge is the foundation for his pass-rush success, but it's the potential diversity and fluidity of his attack that makes him such a compelling prospect. He has been heavier in his career and might need to add good weight in order to remove himself from the DPR (designated pass rusher) list and into a full-time role as a 3-4 outside backer. Scouts say beware of his floor, but his electrifying rush potential could be hard to pass up in today's pass-happy league.
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