Rakim Jarrett 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
WR, Maryland Terrapins
Rakim Jarrett is a former 5-star prospect that had offers from the top schools all over the country but chose to stay home and play his collegiate career at the in-state University of Maryland program. Jarrett posted his best season statistically during his sophomore (2021) season when he had 56 catches for 769 yards and five touchdowns.
Jarrett shows to be versatile in alignment, lining up as an outside receiver, in the slot, and utilized in jet-motion plays. When aligned as an outside receiver, Jarrett shows the ability to defeat press with quickness then strength to fight through press coverage and get into his route. In the slot, Jarrett has good short-area quickness—he can quickly get open and make himself available for the QB. Jarrett shows the ability to run precise routes with good start-stop ability and can sink his hips to change direction.
Jarrett is a high-IQ player who understands zone coverages, has sideline awareness to make difficult catches, and can consistently find the opening in zone coverage to be available for the quarterback.
Jarrett’s best trait as a receiver is his ability after the catch. It’s the reason why play-callers try to get the ball in his hands as quickly as possible. With the ball in his hands, Jarrett is a tough tackle for defensive backs. Jarrett has a compact frame with good lower-body strength that allows him to run with power and through arm tackles. Jarrett also has good short-area quickness and the overall quickness to make defenders miss in space to gain extra yardage.
Jarrett’s concerns as a player come from his down-the-field speed and catch radius. When running vertical routes, Jarrett does a good job of instantly getting on top of defensive backs but it appears that he has trouble truly separating from them and creating distance vertically. It appears that Jarrett is a quicker-than-fast receiver who thrives more on running precise routes in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field. Jarrett’s catch radius becomes a concern in contested-catch situations—Jarrett often opts to trap the football against his body instead of extending his hands to catch the ball away from it. This issue allows defensive backs to be able to get into his frame and deflect the ball, forcing quarterbacks to have to make the perfect pass in certain situations.
Overall, Jarrett is a versatile receiver prospect that has a nuanced understanding of the receiver position and should thrive in an offense that likes to take advantage of the middle of the field with slot receivers that rely on their IQ.
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Run-after-catch ability
- High-IQ receiver
- Alignment versatility
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Compact frame
- Limited catch radius
- Ability to separate from defenders running vertical routes
Size (NFL Combine):
Height: 6′ 0”
Weight: 192 lbs
Arm Length: 31 3/8”
Hand Size: 9 3/8”
Athletic Testing (NFL Combine):
40-yard Dash: 4.44s
Vertical Jump: 35.5”
Broad Jump: 10′ 3”
Bench Reps: 13 reps
Ideal Role: Slot receiver
Scheme Fit: Spread
TDN Consensus Grade: 74.50/100 (Fourth-Round Value)
- Sanchez Grade: 74.50/100
Written By: Keith Sanchez
Exposures: Ohio State (2021), Michigan (2022), Ohio State (2022), Purdue (2022), Buffalo (2022)
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