By Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 17, 2009
The Washington Redskins added another young piece to their defensive line yesterday, using their 2010 third-round draft pick to select Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon in the NFL supplemental draft.
A 6-foot-3, 277-pound end who registered 17 1/2 sacks in three seasons for the Wildcats, third in school history, Jarmon was ruled ineligible for his senior season after testing positive for a banned substance in February.
The positive test came from a dietary supplement, Jarmon said, and the result did not affect his draft status. According to an NFL source, five other teams put in a fourth-round bid for the 21-year-old pass rusher, including the Detroit Lions, who held the top pick in that round.
Jarmon became the first supplemental draft pick in Redskins history, and the selection means the Redskins will not have third- or sixth-round picks next year.
"I thought that it was a situation where you get a chance to get a big defensive lineman, and he gets the chance to come in, learn from two veteran guys," Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins' executive vice president of football operations, said in a conference call. "He is 21 years old, and he has got the size. To me, in next year's draft, if he had gone through the combine and everything else, the guy probably goes in the second round, 'cause D-linemen always go high in the draft. So I think we got the chance to get a quality player at a quality price.
"I don't think we could have got him in the third, come next April. And this way, he is a year ahead. For our third-round pick next year, we are getting a year of his work already into it."
After starting six games as a freshman for Kentucky, Jarmon had a breakout sophomore season, leading the team with nine sacks and earning second-team all-Southeastern Conference honors.
His production dipped last season, however, as Jarmon finished with 4 1/2 sacks and 10 tackles for loss as a junior.
In the offseason, Jarmon took a dietary supplement to try to "lean down" as he rehabilitated a shoulder injury, he said.
Prior to receiving a cortisone shot on Feb. 20, Jarmon consulted with the Kentucky strength and conditioning staff and was told to stop taking the supplement. He was selected for a random drug test by the NCAA on Feb. 24 and tested positive for a banned substance, losing a year of eligibility.
Kentucky appealed the decision, but the ruling was upheld in May, and Jarmon declared for the draft soon after.
"I was real disappointed at the time when the ruling came out," Jarmon said. "And that was definitely one of the low points, if not the lowest point of my life so far."
The Redskins sent a large contingent to Jarmon's workout in Lexington, Ky., earlier this month and were impressed, said Cerrato, who added character concerns were not an issue despite the positive test.
Jarmon also flew to Aspen, Colo., for dinner with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and Coach Jim Zorn, and with several teams looking to select Jarmon in the fourth round, the Redskins used their third-round pick to ensure they would get the young end.