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Thursday, July 16: Another Defensive End Drafted, Also An Actor

Posted by Matt Terl on July 16, 2009 – 1:43 pm

The Redskins selected Jeremy Jarmon, defensive end out of Kentucky, with a third round pick in today’s NFL Supplemental Draft.

The supplemental draft isn’t like the actual NFL Draft. There’s no pageantry or public drama; it’s actually conducted via email. You can read a more detailed description of the process here, but the short version is this: the Redskins used their 2010 third-round pick today.

The good news from a football standpoint is that the guy can do this:

Jarmon stands 6-foot-3, 279 pounds, and was widely regarded as the best defensive player on his college team. He ran his 40-yard dash in around 4.8 seconds a week ago, with Redskins executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato in attendance. Here’s Cerrato, as quoted in the Boston Herald:

“I think he worked out well,” Cerrato said. “He ran well and was in good shape. He needs to get a little stronger, but he represented himself well. He’s a great kid, solid in the locker room. He’s smart. He’s got all of the intangible things.”

One of those intangible things is, strangely enough, acting ability.

Jarmon once fired up his teammates with a rendition of the famous “You can’t handle the truth!” speech from A Few Good Men, and also received surprisingly good notices for his role in a play on the Kentucky campus:

They call it stunt casting: putting someone in a role for their ability to generate interest and ticket sales, not necessarily their ability to act.

On paper, that’s how you could interpret the University of Kentucky Theatre’s decision to cast UK football player Jeremy Jarmon in its new play about college football. But if this was a stunt, a theatrical Evel Knievel, then Jarmon cleared the gorge, did a few donuts with the motorcycle to kick up a spectacular dust cloud and pumped his fists in victory.

Jarmon played a football player who gets wrapped up in a performance-enhancing drug debacle — ironic, given that he elected to leave Kentucky after being suspended for a year because of an ingredient in a weight-loss supplement he took as part of a new year’s resolution.

“Sure,” you’re probably thinking, “the acting stuff will make for great blogging material, but surely it has no practical implications.”


“Sometimes I get to the line and act like I’m exhausted,” Jarmon told WKYT in Lexington, Ky. “Then I just blast off the ball. Body language says a lot. You can psyche people out with body language.”

The defensive line depth chart gets more and more interesting each day.

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