Drafted: ROUND: 2 - Pick Number: 37 (HOU)
Draft Profile: BioJalen Pitre was an All-district defensive back from Stafford (Texas) High School and after an impressive senior year was rated the nation's 73rd-best defensive back prospect in the 2017 recruiting class by ESPN, ranked No. 78 by Scout and No. 126 by 247Sports. He was given a three-star grade and this combined with a knee injury scared off recruiters, still, he managed to get an offer from Baylor - which he gladly accepted.
As a freshman Pitre played in all 12 games with eight starts - he logged 37 tackles, three TFLs, one sack, and one PBU on the season.
The next two seasons he saw less action and as a result, had a limited impact. He however exploded in 2020 as Pitre led the team in total tackles with 60 and tackles-for-loss with 13, was 3rd in the Big 12 and 28th nationally in tackles-for-loss per game (1.44), 3rd on the team in sacks with 2.5, 3rd on the team in interceptions with two (both for touchdowns). He was awarded with a spot on the First Team All-Big 12, an honorable mention for the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and a place on the AP First-Team All-Big 12 as a safety.
While 2020 was impressive 2021 was insane as Pitre put up ridiculous numbers for a DB. He had 75 tackles, with a massive 50 stops, a 61.1 QB rating when targetted, 5 QB sacks, 2 QB hits, and 18 hurries -- all outstanding. Pitre was rightly awarded with a First Team All-Big 12 place, a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year spot, and was named a finalist for the Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back in the country.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Pitre is an incredible athlete at the safety position who can do-it-all with elite speed quickness great leaping ability
- Has supreme speed and can get to the ball carrier in a flash. Pitre can patrol laterally and regularly blows up screens with outstanding range
- Excellent as a short and intermediate zone cover safety
- Played the “star” position in Dave Aranda’s defense - a hybrid safety that could play outside linebacker in most 4-3 schemes
- Takes great angles to the ball carrier and always seems to manage to fight through blocks and make the stp
- Very good instincts, especially in the box. Sound and a solid tackler. Takes good angles in pursuit.
- Offers a high level of versatility for a coach - on any play he can be used as a linebacker, a pass rusher, a slot safety, or a corner
- Pitre were his spatial awareness and natural feel for angles, both in the passing game and in pursuit.
- Has a high football IQ and can be trusted to cover tight ends in man coverage
- Transitions well from coverage to close on the ball. Strong hands, quick reactions for the interceptions.
- He’s supremely dangerous and disruptive as a blitzer and has the pass-rushing skills of a top edge rusher
- Has the versatility and toughness the coverage skills (of which he showed at the Senior Bowl) to challenge backs and tight ends man-to-man at every level of the field
- Has good trajectory assessment on the thrown ball, breaks quickly, and has decent ball skills
- Physical run supporter in the Antoine Winfield mold with short-area explosiveness to leave his mark on ballcarriers.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Pitre has good but not elite coverage skills - and you wouldn't want him covering speedier receivers deep. He also struggles in man coverage and is much more suited to a zone scheme
- Has a cornerback body and needs to continue to get stronger to be more effective shedding blocks.
- Needs to get stronger. Too easily lost in the trash
- Is probably too small for the role as a hybrid LB safety in the NFL. Will need to put on weight otherwise may run the risk of injuries.
- Lowers his shoulder for the big hit rather than wrapping up securely.
- Inconsistent getting off of blocks. Can be a step slow to react when a quarterback comes back to his side of the field late in progression.
- Pitre is used against the run very often, and often is over aggressive and over-commits.
Scouting Report: SummaryJalen Pitre has a unique skill set and has been an incredible college player while at Baylor. He is a ridiculously versatile athlete who can do much on the field and is a danger to blow up the play wherever he is. He however may find life difficult at the next level and will likely be looked at as a bit of a tweener - you don't see many 196lb LB/safeties in the NFL. As a result, will be asked to add some weight to his frame - and with this comes the risk of him losing playing speed.
Pitre is a player that given a chance in the right scheme could quite easily become a dominating pro and has a good chance of being selected as high as the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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