Jaiquawn Jarrett tonight became the most prominent local Eagles draft pick since Brian Westbrook in 2002.
Jarrett, a 6-0, 196-pound Temple safety, was generally projected as a third- or fourth-round selection, but the Eagles took him in the second round, 54th overall. This was one pick after the Bears traded up to the spot just in front of the Eagles to take defensive tackle Stephen Paea, from Oregon State. Often when a team does something like that, it thinks it needs to move because the next team picking is going to take the player it wants.
One immediate conclusion is that drafting Jarrett is not good for eight-year Eagles veteran Quintin Mikell, who is an unrestricted free agent in the re-locked-out NFL.
"Phone blowing up right now. Guess a safety was taken. How is anyone surprised by this? They've taken a safety almost every year I've been here," Mikell tweeted after the pick.
Jarrett, who played home games at the Linc, said he'd had "a lot of communication" with Eagles coaches. He said he met before the draft with new defenssive coordinator Juan Castillo and d-backs coach Mike Zordich. "They showed me how they use their safeties and told me I'd be a great fit," said Jarrett, whose stock was hurt by a 4.62 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Jarrett, from Brooklyn, is known for being a strong tackler. He turns 22 in September.
The Eagles will next draft 85th overall, in the third round.