Kyshoen Jarrett may be the definition of versatility. The Virginia Tech defensive back says he can play any number of positions on both defense and special teams.
Don't let Kyshoen Jarrett's size fool you. He can make some monstrous hits on the football field.
Head coach Jay Gruden knew very well about this before the Redskins took him with the No. 181 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
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"A little bit undersized for a safety, he's 5-foot-10 but when he brings it, he brings it," he told the media Saturday. "He's a tough guy. I think he's going to be very good on special teams and he's going to have to try to work his way into the lineup. But, very physical player, very productive player at Virginia Tech, and we like what we saw on tape. And we like his demeanor and the way he plays. Physically tough, makes up for not being 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-1 by his physical toughness and his ability to play special teams."
Over his final three seasons at the ACC school, Jarrett started 38 games.
His senior season was the best statistically, as he recorded a team-high 98 tackles along with five passes defensed and three interceptions, two of which came against an Ohio State team that would go on to win the National Championship.
All those minutes logged has Jarrett experienced in several different situations.
"I can play in the box. I can play the post. I have range as a free safety, play in the box as a strong safety," he said. "I can be a nickelback, a cornerback. I can return punts. I could do any type of special teams. I feel like I'm a very versatile player coming out of Virginia Tech and I'm happy that the Washington Redskins are allowing me to display those talents within their system."
And while special teams is sometimes viewed as a less desirable unit on which to play, Jarrett doesn't see it that way.
In fact, with return experience as well, he sees it as a chance to get closer to the ball more often.
"If I am a punt renter or a kick returner, I can do stuff like that," he said. "I just loving running down and attacking the ball. Being able to make plays, I can change the game. I believe I have the ability to be a core special teams guy. Whatever I do, I'm going to attack that head on."
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer extended Jarrett's hunger to make plays on special teams.
"Coming out of Virginia Tech and the term 'Beamer Ball' means so much there, Coach Frank Beamer, he loves his special teams," Jarrett said. "You begin to grow a passion with special teams. Anybody who comes out of Virginia Tech will do special teams automatically because it's something that's instilled in you when you first walk in the door."
With the Redskins, Jarrett is going to be asked to contribute to special teams from the get-go.
"Well, our special teams has not been very good the last couple years and it's an area that we have to improve," Gruden said. "You really only improve special teams by improving your depth and when your depth becomes improved then your special teams becomes improved. And the type of mentality that these guys have to have that Evan Spencer has, that Spaight has, that Kyshoen has, I think these are good fits for us and they're going to come in and they know on Day 1 and know that [it is] 'special teams one, position number two,' that's the way you crack into the lineup."