The New England Patriots’ roster currently consists of five safeties. But the organization has recently taken a close look at another.
The Patriots put Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt through a workout on the South Alabama campus on Wednesday, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
The 6-foot-1, 218-pound Tartt redshirted as a freshman in 2010, yet was a starter by 2012, when he was named first-team All-Conference, an All-American and a Buck Buchanan Award finalist. The Bulldogs defensive back went on to garner All-Conference and All-American recognition again as a redshirt junior in 2013, when he started another 12 games at free safety. And in 2014, Tartt finished with 62 tackles there on the way to being named to the American Football Coaches Association’s FCS All-America team.
Tartt’s four collegiate seasons netted 277 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions and 20 pass deflections.
The Mobile, Ala., native was invited to the Senior Bowl in January, then the NFL Scouting Combine in February, where he was a limited participant due to a hand injury. But it was there, in Indianapolis, that Tartt clocked a 4.53-second 40-yard dash and leaped for a 124-inch broad jump, which placed him among the top performers at the position.
Tartt carries the physicality of an in-the-box safety along with the experience of playing as a deep one. He is projected as a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft,