- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Washington Redskins used their 2010 third-round pick on Thursday to select Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon in the supplemental draft.

Jarmon entered the draft after he failed an NCAA drug test this spring and he was ruled ineligible for his senior season.

Jarmon was one of eight players in the supplemental draft and considered the top prospect.

“We feel good that he can come in with no pressure, learn and he runs well enough to play special teams,” Redskins front office boss Vinny Cerrato said on ESPN 980. “He can learn from Philip [Daniels] and Renaldo [Wynn] and get ready to play later on in the season or in the future.”

Jarmon, who weighed in at 278 pounds earlier this month, was second-team All-SEC last year after posting 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for lost yardage. He also had six pass break-ups.

“He’s a prototypical 4-3 defensive end,” Cerrato said.

Jarmon joins a crowded position. Already on the roster are Andre Carter, Daniels, Wynn, Chris Wilson and Alex Buzbee. The Redskins also used their first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft in April on Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo, who is expected to see time at lineback and end.

Jarmon said his failed drug test was for an over-the-counter supplement he was taking to watch his weight while recovering from a shoulder injury.

“That was definitely the low point if not the lowest point in my life,” he said.

It scared away few teams; the Redskins were one of 18 teams to attend Jarmon’s Pro Day in Lexington, Ky. Two days later, they flew him to northern Virginia to meet with owner Dan Snyder and coach Jim Zorn.

At the workout, Jarmon ran between 4.79 and 4.83 seconds in the 40-yard dash but managed only 18 reps at 225 pounds.

“Everybody was in agreement that we should try and get the guy,” Cerrato said.

By surrendering the third-round pick to take Jarmon, the Redskins already are down to five in next year’s NFL Draft; they used their sixth-round pick as part of the package in last summer’s trade for defensive end Jason Taylor.