While he's not the biggest safety in the league, Redskins rookie Kyshoen Jarrett says he's a player who will "attack it 100 percent."
Kyshoen Jarrett understands the amount of competition in his path at the safety position for the Redskins.
Check out these photos of Virginia Tech defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett, the 181st pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Virginia Tech product isn't backing down from a chance at playing time in his first season, though, whether it's on defense or special teams, where he excelled in college under legendary head coach Frank Beamer.
"I'll still have to attack it 100 percent, 100 miles per hour, just as if I was in college at Virginia Tech," Jarrett told Larry Michael on a recent appearance on "Redskins Nation." "But Beamer Ball is real. It definitely is real. You don't really get to understand it unless you're within that system."
After the Redskins used one of their three sixth-round draft picks on Jarrett earlier this month in the 2015 NFL Draft, head coach Jay Gruden said the size the 5-foot-10 safety may lack is made up for in his intensity.
"A little bit undersized for a safety, he's 5-foot-10 but when he brings it, he brings it," Gruden said. "He's a tough guy. I think he's going to be very good on special teams and he's going to have to try to work his way into the lineup. But, very physical player, very productive player at Virginia Tech, and we like what we saw on tape."
Gruden said the Redskins like Jarrett's "demeanor" and "the way he plays" the game."
"Physically tough," the second-year head coach continued. "[He] makes up for not being 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-1 by his physical toughness and his ability to play special teams."
Jarrett describes himself as a "very athletic" player who can make things happen with sheer force.
"I'm very tough, very physical," he said. "Like we mentioned before, the special teams, I was able to do it whether it was punt return, kick return. Having experience at Virginia Tech, I'm a physical safety. I can play the nickel, play the corner. It doesn't really matter. A DB is a DB. It's just fun for me. So whatever you ask me to do, I'll do."
Over his final three seasons at Virginia Tech, Jarrett started 38 games.
His senior season was the best statistically. He recorded a team-high 98 tackles along with five passes defensed and three interceptions, two of which came against an Ohio State team that would go on to win the National Championship.
Now with the Redskins, Jarrett said he'll do what it takes — from late-night film sessions to heeding the advice from veterans like DeAngelo Hall, a fellow Hokie — to make sure he can contribute early.
"I'm going to go out there and do what I have to do in the film room, talking to the coaches, special teams, defense," he said. "Whatever I have to do to get that playing time, and I'm going to go out there and compete every day, show that effort. Everything will work out for the best. I'm just going to continue being me, and do what got me here in the first place."