Jaquiskii Tartt is a strong safety who played out his collegiate career in the Southern Conference at Samford University. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round with the 46th overall pick in the draft. Having redshirted his freshman year in 2010, he played in 11 games during the 2011 season and racked up 23 tackles. This figure included 8 made in one game against Appalachian States. He did start all 11 games at free safety during the 2012 season, after which he was name to the first-team all conference, and All-American. That year, he was also a finalist for the Buchanan Award. During the 2013 season, he started in 12 games and was third on the team in tackles with 98. This included 69 tackles made without any assistance.
At Pro Day, Tartt had times of 4.53 and 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and he had a vertical jump of 33 inches. In addition, he showcased a 10’ 3” broad jump, a short shuttle time of 4.29 seconds, 3-cone drill time of 7.03 seconds, and was able to bench press 13 repetitions at 225 pounds. At 6’1” and 221 pounds, a major strength lies in the fact that Tartt is well built and has impressive size for his position. He can get downhill quickly from a high safety position to provide good run support when necessary. He can also take great angles to get to a ball carrier, where he turns into an aggressive tackler. Tartt has shown that he is wiling to play through pain and compete, which should serve him well at the pro level. He is a player that is confident, has clear eyes, and handles his responsibilities well. In addition, he attacks the ball at the point of the catch, and is able to disrupt wide receivers and dislodge the pass before it is caught.
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A major weakness is that he is frequently caught staring into the backfield as a single high safety, which will get him trouble if it continues at the pro level. He also has a tendency to let post routes get behind him, and he does not feature the recover speed necessary to get him back into the play. He has a tendency to be over aggressive and space, which causes him to overrun tackles, and he provided limited man-coverage ability.
All in all, this player has great size and is a physical tackler that will make him a force to be reckoned with in the NFL once he matures. He does need to develop a need to handle coverage responsibilities. It will be interesting to see how the new coaching staff in San Francisco utilizes Tartt, but with exposed weaknesses at this position last season, Tartt appears to have been a solid selection.
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