Dwayne Jarrett   WR   USC

 

STRENGTHS 

Dwayne has the size, speed, hands and route running ability that is equal to any WR in this draft.  He is mature on the football field in his play beyond his years.  Dwayne has those long legs that make it easy for him to separate from the CB’s.  His speed is deceiving and it would not surprise me to find out that he is as fast as Roy Williams WR Detroit Lions.  In fact, he has that same type of long lopping stride that Williams has – yes, the one that makes it very difficult for CB’s to stay with him.  There is no doubt about Dwayne’s talent to be successful at the next level.   

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

There is an old saying, “ Sometimes, you’re too smart for your own good”.  Dwayne has first round talent, but doesn’t give first round effort on every play.  He gives a halfhearted effort when he blocks and runs routes.  He is a great fantasy league player.  By that, I mean he’ll get big stats as his team loses. 

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 2

Ask yourself this -– with this kid’s talent along with Booty at QB, why doesn’t USC go down the field more often?  Why has the USC offense become less vertical this year? Stop, stop, stop!  You’re hurting my head with all those lame answers.  It is not because they don’t have Bush or White.  It is because Booty cannot trust Jarrett and has to come off of him too quickly and go to Steve Smith instead.  It’s that simple.  Now when the Bowl games come up you will see Dwayne play one of his best games of the season.  That’s because he has first round talent; unfortunately, that first round talent is married to a third round heart.  Dwayne must be worried that he will get injured or maybe there is a number of other excuses, but the fact is, he is a fantasy player.  He is not a winner.  He needs to be surrounded by winners, but he is not the type of WR you make your #1 and base your whole team’s passing game on.  He reminds me a lot of Roy Williams WR Lions.  Both players are extremely talented players that lack the true toughness and heart to be a franchise WR.  Maybe they both will develop into that type of WR, but for me, to draft players like that in the first round just because they have talent is the recipe for a first round pick never living up to expectations.  Is that what the first round is all about?  Drafting players that you know will not live up to expectations?  Dwayne will be picked in the first round if he comes out.  And he will have very good stats; however, unless you pair him up with a WR who is smart, tough and a good route runner that will do anything to win - then all Dwayne’s game will ever be is smoke and mirrors.  I would pick the Dwayne from LSU way before I would pick this kid.  But he does look pretty when he takes the field!  In fact, he plays like he doesn’t want to mess himself up.  He will do well in a dome and on turf, but if I’m a cold weather team with a grass field, I’m looking for a totally different kind of WR -- one who doesn’t mind getting messed up and will show up to play for all the games -- not just the ones he thinks are important.

Drew Boylhart

November/2006