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NFL.com  Javontae Jean Baptiste  Player Profile




HEIGHT. 6’ 5’’

WEIGHT 239 lbs

ARM 33 3/4’’

HAND 10’’


Prospect Grade 5.93

Average Backup Or Special-Teamer




After a five-year run at Ohio State with modest production, Jean-Baptiste’s Notre Dame tape has put him in position to become a developmental Day 3 draft pick. He has good length but lacks play strength to stack and discard tackles. He’ll need to hit the weights to improve his anchor, but he has the footwork and agility to slide off of block sustain and make tackles. He’s a step slow off the snap, dulling his ability to outrace tackles to the edge, but he flashes the hands and hips to become a more impactful rusher if teams rewire his rush plan. There is still a level of upside available for Jean-Baptiste.


Possesses desired length of an NFL edge defender.

Slips off of blocks to find runners.

Good back-side burst and is always working toward the ball-carrier.

Slips around tackles with loose hips and shoulders at the top of the rush.

Footwork and body control create fluid rush transitions.

Flashes athleticism and hand usage to take a step forward as a rusher.


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Kiper saying that he didn't show any NFL potential while at Ohio State. Said he seemed to put it all together at Notre Dame and if he can build on that, Commanders may have something. 

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Excerpt from Dan Brugler's The Beast Draft Guide:

25. JAVONTAE JEAN-BAPTISTE | Notre Dame 6045 | 239 lbs. | 6SR Spring Valley, N.Y. (Bergen) 5/16/2000 (age 23.94) #1
BACKGROUND: Javontae Jean-Baptiste grew up in Rockland County (40 miles north of New York City). He played several sports growing up, including basketball, but
developed a love for football at age 7. Jean-Baptiste commuted across state lines to Bergen Catholic High School, an all -boys school in New Jersey and one of the
better football programs in the area. He struggled academically and was stuck on special teams as a sophomo re and considered leaving the school after his mom
relocated to Georgia for her career. But he stayed with the program and became a junior starter as a safety/linebacker in 2016, finishing with 59 tackles, fi ve tackles
for loss and three sacks. As a senior, Jean-Baptiste led Bergen to a 10-2 record and the 2017 Group IV state championship (two sacks in the title game). He was named
the New Jersey Defensive Player of the Year with 88 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a 48 -yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
A four-star recruit, Jean-Baptiste was the No. 16 outside linebacker in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 6 recruit in New Jersey (No. 2 pass rushe r behind Odafe
Oweh). At 200 pounds, Jean-Baptiste was considered undersized, but his breakthrough junior year earned him scholarship offers from Boston College, Massachusetts,
Purdue, Rutgers and Temple. His recruitment intensified between the end of his senior season and signing day, as he added offers from Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas
A&M and Wisconsin. Jean-Baptiste picked the Buckeyes over Nebraska and was the No. 14 recruit in Ohio State’s 2018 class (a few spots ahead of Chris Olave).
After five seasons in Columbus, he took advantage of his extra year of eligibility and entered the transfer portal. Jean-Baptiste committed to Notre Dame over Ole
Miss and Texas, reuniting with Irish defensive line coach Al Washington, who previously coached at Ohio State. Jean -Baptiste graduated with his degree in human
development and family sciences from Ohio State (May 2022) and is working on a second degree in communications. Jean-Baptiste also wants to make gaming part of
his career. His cousin (Abry Jones) was an undrafted defensive lineman out of Georgia in 2013 but played eight seasons in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-
20). Jean-Baptiste accepted his invitation to the East-West Shrine Bowl, but he was unable to participate (flu) and was a late call-up to the 2024 Senior Bowl.
2018: Redshirted Ohio State; Enrolled in June 2018
2019: (14/1) 14 1.5 1.5 0 0 0 Ohio State
2020: (7/2) 6 2.0 1.0 0 0 0 Ohio State; Pandemic-shortened season
2021: (11/3) 12 2.0 1.0 0 1 0 Ohio State
2022: (11/0) 14 2.5 2.0 1 0 0 Ohio State
2023: (13/12) 49 10.5 5.0 1 1 0 Notre Dame; Led team in sacks and TFL; Blocked FG; Returned FG block 60 -yards for TD
Total: (56/18) 95 18.5 10.5 2 2 0
COMBINE 6045 239 10 33 3/4 80 1/2 4.66 2.71 1.64 34 1/2 10’7” - - - (no shuttle, 3-cone, bench press — choice)
PRO DAY - 247 - - - - - - - - - - - (position drills only – choice)
STRENGTHS: Good-looking frame with functional length … quick out of his stance to attack the corner with a variety of moves … his weapon of c hoice is a chop-rip or
anything that can show the strength in his big hands … looks to attack and dispose of the hands/wrists of blockers … long strides will help him occasionally win races
to the corner … plays his tail off and pads the stat sheet with chase-down pursuit plays … has pop in his hands to stack and work off blocks when he stays square in
the run game … showed off his athletic skill (and a stiff arm) on his 60-yard return touchdown on a blocked field goal against Stanford (2023) … also had a blocked
field goal against Wake Forest … finished the 2023 season as a team captain, and the coaches at Ohio State and Notre Dame speak highly of their time with him.
WEAKNESSES: Tall and stiff in pass-rush sequencing and needs to do a better job setting up blockers … doesn’t have a ton of power in his swipes … finds himself past
the pocket more times than you want … can be drawn out of position in the run game, losing his contain responsibilities … lat e to anticipate blocking designs or
backside runs … will get scooped by pullers, especially when he plays with high pad level … average breakdown skills in tight spaces lead to missed tackles (several
misses on the 2023 USC tape) … closing ability is more effort than true burst … only one season as a full -time starter, with underwhelming career production … will
turn 24 shortly after draft weekend … had food poisoning the day he arrived in Indianapolis for the combine, whic h affected his weigh-in and testing.
SUMMARY: A one-year starter at Notre Dame, Jean-Baptiste was an edge rusher in coach Marcus Freeman’s four-man front. A solid role player at Ohio State, he was
blocked on the depth chart in Columbus and transferred to South Bend, where he put together a strong fin al season, leading the Irish in both tackles for loss (10.5)
and sacks (five). As a pass rusher, Jean-Baptiste has upfield quickness and stays balanced mid-rush, although his rigidity and lack of mass show when his first move is
stymied. He plays with terrific effort in the run game, but he can be out-leveraged at the point of attack. Overall, Jean-Baptiste lacks dynamic traits in his play, but
he battles and has enough tools that warrant further development. He is worth bringing to camp and possibly adding to the practice squad.
GRADE: 7th Round




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One of my my favorite mid round edges I highlighted on the draft thread, so love the value in the 7th.


I thought he'd be a good fit fo this defense because Quinn likes to use pass rushers, that can be undersized, in two point stance and move them around for mistmatches.  


i pushed guys like Booker, Xavier Thomas, Solomon for that type of role.  Jean-Baptiste was in tha next tier for me to that type of pass rusher so if they were gone, he's one of the ones i wanted.


He reminds me some of Xavier Thomas in this glass in that he's more of a disrupter than a finisher.  I think he needs to work on a his spin move some.  It's a bit slow to my eyes.  But the dude is a good athlete and has good potential IMO.


I see PFF dings him for his length.  Don't get that.  Just short of 34 inch arms and 80 plus wingspan, that's more than fine.  One of the best athletes in this group.


Even though he isn't the biggest dude he sheds blocks well to help in the run game.


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7 hours ago, Koolblue13 said:

I love this pick, too. Our DL feels a lot more stacked to me.


yeah he was on my list in that 3rd day of the draft.  Really solid player.  Good athlete.  Much more jazzed about him versus the late round pass rushers we took last year.


That was my list below before the draft.  I wanted on the htird day, Booker, Solmon, Kamara, X. Thomas but once they were gone, he was a high want from me



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1 hour ago, FootballZombie said:



Dude was feelin' it at the end of that call.

You had mentioned the lack of tragedy porn in the broadcast in a different thread. I think the NFL has paid attention to the feedback and now pushes these reaction calls instead.

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I watched Notre Dame a few times last year in the big games. I remember number 1 on defense catching my eye. Dallas deployed a defense where 3-5 guys were standing at the LOS. I believe that will eventually be his 3rd down role. Not much better you can hope for out of 7th round pick. 

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