Jalenís coverage skills remind me of the Jetsí Antonio Cromartie, but he is far
more aggressive at the point of attack and far more willing to take on tackling
in the open field than Antonio. He has the size, long arms and legs to cover the
bigger receivers and also to cover those big pass catching tight ends that are
causing so much mismatch problems for most teams in the NFL. Jalen is smart and
can be used at any one of the defensive back positions because of his tackling
skills and his willingness to tackle in the open field. He shows on film good
strength and solid coverage techniques. He also shows the leadership skills that
so many teams are lacking in their defensive backfields. This, along with his
size, straight line speed, long arms and legs and solid tackling skills make it
a no brainer that Jalen should be considered one of the top defensive back field
talents in this draft.
Jalen is not a quick-twitch type of athlete, which will cause him problems in
coverage against smaller, quicker receivers. Right now, on stop and go routes
and curl patterns, he has problems with coverage because of those long legs.
That being said, learning to anticipate routes on down and distance and with
experience this will become less of a problem. Jalen is an aggressive, solid
tackler but sometimes that aggressiveness makes him a sloppy tackler. He has to
strengthen his hands to help improve his tackling. This will also help him to
secure and intercept more passes, making him even more of an impact player.
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1
Talent like this in this size player with his intelligence,
aggressiveness and leadership skills, donít come along very often and when it
does, you draft that player early. It doesnít matter if you think he is a better
fit at safety than corner, you draft him anyway and you draft him early. Jalen
is smart and he knows the money is at the corner position, but the truth is for
me personally, Iíd use him at corner, at safety and in nickel or dime, move him
inside so he can deal with those big Tight Ends on passing downs. This kid can
become something special. He still has to improve his coverage skills, but I
have no doubt that he will continue to work hard and improve because he wants to
be one of the best. Thatís what I see when I watch the film of Jalen -- a kid
who wants to be one of the best.
Drew Boylhart JAN.2016