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Sometimes you have to ask yourself: Is it better to be really good at one thing Matthew Stafford Jersey , but poor in other important aspects of your duties, or would you rather be at least okay in everything without any stand-out traits? That's the question the Detroit Lions will have to ask themselves when considering a pass rushing prospect like Florida's Jachai Polite. Polite has a reputation as a dangerous pass rusher, but the general consensus on his abilities in run defense or dropping into coverage are fairly uniform and not positive. The Lions have scouted the University of Florida probably note than any other school the past couple of seasons, so they've likely got a pretty good read on Polite's abilities. Are those abilities a clean fit for a Matt Patricia and Paul Pasqualoni defense?Jachai Polite, OLB, FloridaHeight: 6020 (6 feet, 2 inches) | Weight: 242 pounds2016 Stats: 6 Solo Tackles, 11 Total, 2.0 Sacks, 1.5 TFL, 1 FF2017 Stats: 11 Solo Tackles, 22 Total, 2.0 Sacks, 3.5 TFL, 1 FF2018 Stats: 27 Solo Tackles, 45 Total, 11.0 Sacks, 8.5 TFL, 4 PD, 6 FFNOTE: Sacks removed from TFL totalsCurrent Draft Projection: First RoundBackgroundSome notes from his team profile here.A heavily-recruited, four-star recruit out of Florida, Polite’s recruitment was based largely on athletic potential over production. His final season saw him notch only six solo tackles and 4.0 sacks, though his junior year was far more productive with 13.0 sacks and 43 solo tackles. He was coached by Mainland’s Scott Wilson, who also coached Jets first-round pick, 2015 All-Rookie Darius Slay Jersey , and 2016 Pro Bowl defensive end Leonard Williams as well as Falcons starting safety Ricardo Allen.Strengths Polite makes his living off what appears to be a top-tier athletic toolset along with a nose for the football that saw him with the most forced fumbles in the NCAA last year (six). In 2018, Polite became a serious playmaker for the Florida Gators, racking up 11.0 sacks, the aforementioned fumbles, and an impressive four pass deflections. His ability to burst off the line and create distance between himself and the man assigned to block him was at times astounding, as he’d get so far past his blocker that he didn’t even need to bend the edge to get to the quarterback; it was basically a straight shot. Polite plays on both sides of the line, and while he’s significantly better standing up, he has the versatility to play with his hand in the dirt if called upon. He appears to be fast and explosive, and while I don’t see elite bend in his toolset, I don’t see poor bend either. (Note: this is an update on my previous comments after watching more tape on him, as his previous year’s tape looked quite stiff in that area.)WeaknessesWhenever a player comes in billed as an elite pass rusher, the cliche is that they’re not good in run defense. It happens every year with players like Polite, and often it’s far more complicated. Polite is not a great run defender. He posted a respectable 8.5 TFL in 2018, but that wasn’t really indicative of how he played the run in general. When blockers got their hands on him, he rarely had the length or strength to break free and his lack of counters shows up on virtually every game you watch. His speed in pursuit is quite impressive, but his understanding of what angles to take in pursuit is rudimentary at best and often poor. I noted struggles with length in about a third of the games I watched, which suggests either an actual lack of length or a lack of understanding for how to use it effectively. While he can play both sides of the line and is able to play with a hand in the dirt, he’s not the movable chess piece a play-caller like Matt Patricia prefers. Position Specific TraitsPass RushClearly his specialty, Jachai Polite displays a decent repertoire of pass rushing moves, though he has his preferences trying to tear around the edge or use an impressive spin move. He lacks much in terms of counters, so his first move has to be special for him to be as productive as he is. One of the most explosive players off the edge this season, Polite displays a keen understanding of his opponent’s snap counts and the lower body burst to get up field in a hurry. Previously, I had knocked Polite for his bend, stating that he relied almost exclusively on his explosiveness to win, but after watching more of him I think his traits in that area are fine Marvin Jones Jersey , though probably not top tier. He does rely on his burst to win more often than not, but it’s more a case of having one great trick than having only one trick. Polite isn’t a flawless pass rusher, he will get eaten up by blockers if his first move doesn’t work, and he has a tendency to completely overrun his rush, a product of a play style that favors getting past his blocker over beating him with moves. Run DefensePart of the perceived issues with Polite’s run defense involve how he’s used. Florida played to his strengths and had him attacking the backfield nearly every play. That occasionally put him way out of position. Acknowledging that, when Polite was used in run defense and tested, he often struggled with his assignments. These were mostly mental, processing the route the running back was taking and finding the best way to get there. The biggest issue with run defense for Polite, however, was how much more his pass rushing problems show up in the run game. As a pass rusher, Polite can get eaten up by blockers if his burst doesn’t work, and due to his style, he can overrun his assignment. In the run game, those issues get exposed far more than in the passing game since his strengths as an explosive rusher can become liabilities that offenses can scheme for. Athletic Ability I have no concerns over Polite’s athletic ability and expect him to test well. His size is going to be concerning for the Lions’ defense, as they prefer players at all pass rushing spots that are bigger, and Polite’s frame doesn’t leave much room to grow. Personal ProjectionPolite’s projection has been a bit all over the place, but I’ve seen him as high as the Lions pick as eight and out of the first round altogether. His upside as a pass rusher is through the roof and this is a passing league. I think his projection is going to be around Bruce Irvin area, middle of the first round. Irvin came out with a projection as a pass rushing specialist with schematic limitations and that’s pretty much the same with Polite. For the Lions to gain his services, they’d either have to take him at eight or nab him after trading down. Of course, the latter would be preferable because it means more picks, but this is a tougher draft to sell a trade up and thus, a trade down. DETROIT (AP)Jim Caldwell knows what Hue Jackson is going through with the Cleveland Browns. Caldwell was coaching Indianapolis when it began the 2011 season with 13 losses and finished 2-14, costing him a job after his third season of leading the Colts. That may explain why Caldwell put his right arm around Jackson as they walked off the field following the Detroit Lions’ 38-24 victory on Sunday that kept Cleveland winless. ”I’ve been on that side before,” Caldwell said. ”I know what it looks like.” At times, it looked as if it might be the Browns day to break through and get a desperately needed victory at Ford Field. They led 10-0 midway through the first quarter and were ahead 24-17 midway through the third quarter after DeShone Kizer led two consecutive touchdown drives. Cleveland Kerryon Johnson Jersey , though, could not stop Matthew Stafford after doing a good job of it early in the game. Stafford threw a 29-yard, tiebreaking touchdown to Eric Ebron early in the fourth quarter and sealed the win with a third touchdown pass, a screen pass to Golden Tate that he turned into a 40-yard score with 4:36 left. ”I don’t care who we’re playing, in this league, a victory is hard to get,” Caldwell said. ”You can downplay it and all that kind of stuff, but I’m just telling you that there are no easy wins.” The Lions (5-4) earned consecutive victories for the first time since winning the first two games this season. Cleveland (0-9) is marching toward NFL infamy a year after losing the first 14 games in Jackson’s debut season and finishing 1-15. ”I’m taking the fall on everything,” Jackson said. Here are some other observations from Ford Field: ONE FOR THE TEAM Jackson refused to blame rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer for costing the team points as the final seconds went off the clock in the first half with the ball at the Detroit 2. Cleveland, which didn’t have any timeouts left, couldn’t get a play off after Kizer ran up the middle with 15 seconds left and the Lions took their time getting off the turf and back on defense. What happened? ”That’s on me,” Jackson said. ”We don’t need to go into it.” Browns tight end Seth DeValve was more forthcoming about Kizer running a play that wasn’t called in the huddle. ”DeShone took it upon himself to sneak it, which is not a bad thing to do,” DeValve said. SILVER LINING Despite the mistake at the end of the first half, Kizer made a lot of plays with his arm and feet. He was 21 of 37 for 232 yards with a TD and an interception on his final drive after converting three fourth downs with passes. Kizer ran seven times for 57 yards, including a go-ahead, 1-yard run with 6:01 left in the third and a 20-yard sprint. Kizer also showed how tough he was, taking a shot to the ribs in the third quarter that kept him out only part of the game. ”I never had a rib injury like that,” he said. MAKING UP FOR IT The Lions seemed to bench cornerback Nevin Lawson after he gave up a 38-yard pass to Sammie Coates on Cleveland’s first snap and whiffed on an attempt to tackle Kenny Britt on a 19-yard touchdown on the next drive. Lawson got another chance and made the most of it, forcing DeValve to fumble, recovering the ball and returning it 44 yards for a tiebreaking touchdown late in the second quarter. ”We’ve got to have short-term memories as corners,” Lawson said. TAKING ADVANTAGE Ebron was spread out wide and covered by Derrick Kindred when the tight end ran past the safety and caught Stafford’s touchdown pass. ”When he’s playing well, he can create mismatches,” Caldwell said. COMING UP The Lions will hope to stay undefeated in the NFC North on Sunday in Chicago (3-6) before coming home on Thanksgiving to face the division-leading Minnesota Vikings (7-2). Cleveland’s next chance to win and avoid joining Detroit as the only franchises with 0-16 seasons comes against Jacksonville (6-3) on Sunday at home. —


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