Buffalo Bills Draft Prospects: Jaquiski Tartt


The last couple of years have shown a look towards defense when it comes to the 50th overall pick.  The Buffalo Bills and Rex Ryan are a defensive minded team that have made improvements on the offensive side of the ball but still have some holes on the defensive side of the ball.

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The next safety that we are going to take a look at is Jaquiski Tartt out of Samford.  Tartt tied Landon Collins for the top performance in the 40 yard dash with a 4.53 sprint.

Tartt came away with 62 tackles last year which was second on his team.  He finished his collegiate career with 277 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 6.5 tackles for loss.  With a draft grade of 5.52, he is falling right at the line fore a potential starter in the NFL.  He does have decent size for a safety as well.

Some strengths and weaknesses for Tartt are…

"Well-built with impressive overall size. Gets downhill quickly from high safety to mix it up in run support. Takes good angles to ball carriers and is an aggressive tackler. Willing to play through pain and compete. Fierce competitor. Plays with confident, clear eyes to diagnose and handle his responsibilities. Attacks the ball at point of catch to disrupt wide receiver and dislodge the pass.Gets caught staring into backfield as a single high safety. Will let post routes get behind him and doesn’t feature recovery speed to get back into that play. Becomes over-aggressive in space and will overrun tackles. Limited man-cover ability.– NFL.com"

Right now Jaquiski Tartt is projected to be a 3rd or 4th round draft pick for someone.  He could fall to Buffalo in the 3rd round with the 89th pick.  He has been compared to Barry Church as well, who has been a solid safety the last two years for the Dallas Cowboys and has been in the league for 5 total years.

The bottom line for Jaquiski Tartt is…

"Tartt has terrific size and is a physical tackler but he must show that he can handle coverage responsibilities. Despite playing 2-deep and single-high coverage, Tartt’s size and aggressiveness as a tackler might be best utilized around the line of scrimmage or in a “robber” scheme. Tartt has the size, athleticism and overall talent to be an NFL starter.– NFL.com"

If Tartt is still available at the 89th pick, when the Buffalo Bills are one the clock, I don’t think that taking a look at Tartt would be the worst thing that they could do.  He might compete for a spot on this team.

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