When a school lands a talent like Mike Williams, itís tough to expect to land another special playmaker at the same position. When USC pulled Dwayne Jarrett out of New Jersey, they landed a player that stepped on the field immediately and helped the team move on without Williams. As a true freshman in 2004, Jarrett hauled in 55 passes for 849 yards, and 13 touchdowns. He was thrown into the fire early and had some drops, but once the midway point of the season hit, Jarrett was making all the plays Mike Williams did. As a sophomore, he took his entire game up another notch, and finished the year with 91 catches for 1,274 yards and 16 touchdowns, while being a unanimous All American and a Biletnikoff finalist. Jarrett was hobbled with injuries as a junior and his numbers were career lows, even though his 58 catches for 773 yards and 10 touchdowns were enough to earn him All American honors.
When you watch Jarrett play, what stands out is his combination of excellent size and body control. Athletes 6'5 with the athleticism Jarrett has are usually found on a basketball court. There isnít a player in the country that can go up and get the ball like Jarrett does. He shows the ability to make the tough grab over the middle and take a hit, but he makes a living in the red zone or as a vertical target. Like a true superstar, Jarrett steps up when his team needs a big play, and comes through in the clutch.
Jarrett still tends to try and run without the ball at times. Heíll drop a couple balls because he does not look it all the way in. The main issue is Jarrettís speed, lack of speed as it is. He is not slow, but he may have trouble gaining separation from NFL corners.
Dwayne Jarrett is a truly special talent. He has everything aside from great speed, and his combination of athleticism, size, and body control will allow him to be a very solid red zone target in the NFL. His average showing at the USC pro day may have pushed him out of the Top 20, but Jarrett is still a very talented receiver.