Jalen Pitre is one of the Nation’s most highly decorated defensive backs and should be a consensus Top-50 pick come draft day. Coming off a Redshirt Senior season in which he was a first team All-American, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe award, and won the Big-12 DPOY, Pitre’s role as a sure-tackling nickel corner has never been more coveted than in today’s NFL. Teams are playing more nickel and dime fronts than ever, and it’s paramount to have guys that combine the movement ability to lock up the league’s best slot receivers with the aggression and tackling ability to take on blockers and play the run. Pitre appeared in 52 games for the Baylor Bears and displayed this rare combination, racking up 23 tackles for loss and forcing eight turnovers in his career.
During the 2021 season, Pitre was the only D1 defender to register three forced-fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two interceptions. Pitre has a knack for finding the ball and knows how to rip, punch, and claw it out of other players hands.
Jalen’s senior season culminated with an invite to the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl, where his talent was on full display in front of NFL personnel. He was voted the National Team’s Top Safety and was a nightmare matchup for every receiver in Mobile.
At the Combine, Pitre opted out of the 40-yard dash and only participated in the bench press, vertical, and agility drills (which in all honesty 3-cone is a very underrated metric when looking at a DB) and tested in the 94th percentile in the 3-cone drill. On March 30th, he dominated Baylor’s pro-day and posted an unofficial 4.41 forty yard dash.