Jachai Polite: Teams were “bashing me” during Combine interviews

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Edge rusher Jachai Polite had 11 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles for Florida during the 2018 season, but he said teams he spoke to at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis weren’t overly interested in talking to him about his exploits on the football field.

Polite was benched for the first series of last year’s opening game and said that most of the 19 teams he met with spent their time “bashing me” about things he did wrong on or off the field during his college days. Polite said he understood that the teams were trying to see “how I react” because of how big an investment someone may be making in him.

“That’s their job,” Polite said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “They’re trying to get my character out. They’re trying to make me feel uncomfortable. See the way I react. Them bashing me, that’s their job. They’re about to invest millions probably — I hope — in me. So I have to take it. That’s my job. This is my job.”

The other part of Polite’s job in Indianapolis was to perform well in drills, but that did not go smoothly. He ran a 4.84 40-yard-dash and cited a hamstring injury when he dropped out of other activities. He’ll get another chance to work out at Florida’s pro day if all is well with his hamstring.

23 responses to “Jachai Polite: Teams were “bashing me” during Combine interviews

  1. This came off as whining to me and he whined publicly. That means he whines even more privately about things.

    Also, didn’t like him immediately blaming a injury for his 40 time.

    Red flags on this guy.

  2. Yup. Red flags for sure. He’ll definitely drop after his comments & his poor performance. Welcome to the 2nd day of the draft Son.

  3. So he was smart enough to understand why they were asking him those questions but not smart enough to keep his mouth shut about it afterwards. I don’t think he understands exact what it was they were trying to do

  4. How you react publicly to this, and what you say to the media after, is just as important as how you conduct yourself during the interview process.

    Like it or not, it’s exactly one of the key reasons teams do this.
    And the fact that players still complain about it, or even acknowledge it, tells me their agents are doing these kids a serious disservice.

  5. Polite said he understood that the teams were trying to see “how I react” because of how big an investment someone may be making in him.

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    And teams just saw how you react…

  6. Bashing? No it’s finding answers to potential issues. If you don’t know the difference than their is a problem. Sounds like someone has an accountability problem.

  7. Polite is a guy the Hawks very well might end up drafting. Given his attitude he seems to be a perfect fit for SEA. A 4.84 40 is slow though I dont see him upgrading the pass rush all that much. SEA only has 1 above-average Edge rusher they need to find a 2nd Edge presence who can get home though picking where they are they might not be able to find that guy in this years draft. Perhaps they look for a true #1 corner moving Griffin back to his more natural position as a #2 CB.

  8. Jachai Polite: Teams were “bashing me” during Combine interviews

    Wow. Does he not comprehend that this is a job interview, and that teams are probing his character? His statements seem emblematic of the typical coddled athlete who’s been sheltered from Real World experience. Unfortunately for him, it will probably cost him on draft day.

  9. Keep quiet young man. Your agent and family’s input that you are the next best thing to sliced bread doesn’t mean anything until someone picks you.

  10. “Edge rusher Jachai Polite had 11 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles for Florida during the 2018 season”

    Did anyone read the article or just the headline? With those numbers he can squawk all he wants. You don’t pay a lot with rookie contracts, you need an edge rusher I would take a flyer on this guy.

  11. Game Tape will only go so far. If there are serious issues, you have to explain them or the risk reward formula is used. The Pro Day workout is critical, now. If he doesn’t perform well there, the Risk will far outweigh the reward and he will drop significantly.

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