Pitre was the heart and soul of the Baylor defense, playing with uncanny quickness, recognition, and an impressive motor throughout games as the key defender on the team. Pitre is a strong zone coverage player, run defender, and even a great pass rusher using his blitz timing and general instincts to impact the play so many times throughout a game. He is a business major while working on a master’s degree in educational psychology.
ROVER – #8 Baylor
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Stafford (Frisco, TX)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8442)
Phil Steele: PS#94
Jalen Pitre Scouting Report
Shows excellent speed and quickness. Very fluid and explosive. Excellent lateral quickness. Strong, fluid motion. Quick feet. Very strong upper body. Controls the tackle throughout the rep. Strong lower body, really blown away by his movement skills. Change of direction is excellent. Has excellent body control. Moves with grace and fluid motion.
Pitre is a great tackler. Wraps up well and attacks low. Does a great job controlling the ball carrier and imposing his will. Excellent space defender. Closes the gap with excellent quickness and securely makes the tackle. Strong pursuit angles. Works both downhill, inside the box, and to the perimeter. Blitzes very well. Finds the gap and attacks it. Has the speed to work around the outside. Great instincts. Very natural blitzer.
Reacts so quickly. Breaks with uncanny physicality on the catch point. Reads so many concepts beautifully. Positions extremely well. Very smart defender. Plays like he’s seen it all.
What we want to see from Jalen Pitre in Mobile
- The one thing that Jalen Pitre didn’t do very often at Baylor is play deep coverage. I’d love to see what kind of instincts Pitre shows as a deep safety. If he can play as a single high, which he has the speed and quickness to do, we really could see him get drafted in the first round.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Jalen Pitre best projects to the NFL as a ROVER/STAR nickel safety, best fitting in a heavy zone scheme that disguises coverage all over the field.
Pitre, as of now, projects to us as a first/second-round pick. His unnatural athletic ability combined with his uncanny instincts make him a day one starter as a nickel/ROVER in the league.