First off I shall start this post off with me stating that saying Jabara doesn't have a chance may be a bit out of line. While he was a seventh round pick I think he has shown a lot for where he was drafted. That said he is still a seventh round pick and I think he may never be trusted to ever be a starter even though Spags loves to just toss in seventh round OLB's for reasons I do not understand. I guess the meaning to this post is to show some insight into Jabara Williams.
I'm sure a lot of you did some research on Jabara when we drafted him (or you didn't care because he was a seventh rounder and you were passed out drunk after we the third round.) For those of you who did do research you would obviously know that Jabara likes long walks on the beach and enjoys candle lit dinners. OK maybe I made that up but you would know he went to Stephen F. Austin State University a small college in the football world that has only been in one bowl game in 1973 which was the poultry bowl in which they won 31-10. Stephen F. Austin has also produced pro football players and coaches such as Derrick Blaylock, NFL MVP kicker Mark Moseley (Hell yeah), Bum Phillips, Mike Quinn, Terrence Shaw, and last but not least Jeremiah Trotter who went to the super bowl with the Eagles. Guess who the linebacker coach was the year the Eagles almost won it all Steve Spagnuolo who oddly enough according to Wikipedia (you can laugh now) played Wide Receiver at the University of Dayton (that random "fact" made me laugh my self).
While at Stephen F. Austin Jabara was a two time First Team Small College All American in 2009 and 2010 was a three time First-Team All-conference and was a two time Southland Conference Defensive player of the year in 2009 and 2010. Those happen to be the things I like about him. He just seems to have so much potential. Some one who is that decorated as a college athlete has to have the ability to be a very good player. When he was drafted I was on NFL.com looking at the people we were drafting and I was hoping for Mark Herzlich oddly enough. We got an OLB the guy we got was some one I had no clue about. Looking at him now I'm glad we got a player like this in the seventh round.
According to Pro Football weekly (who's opinions I don't care for very much at times) said that Jabara "Is very fluid and athletic" and "Can shadow receivers in man coverage" and is "football smart and highly coachable." While there are good things with Jabara there is also the bad. Also according to pro football weekly he is "not very stout at the point of attack" and "needs to bulk up and add strength". Looks to me that the positives out weigh the negatives by a lot. At first I didn't like us drafting him but looking at it now I'm glad we got him, But what kind of odds does he have of making the roster. Very good actually.
With our outside linebacking corps and his talent and physical abilities he might be able to be called a lock to make the roster and I myself would be very shocked if he didn't make it. That being said I don't think he has much of a chance at being a starter. I could be wrong but with him being a seventh rounder and our need for younger outside linebackers that can come in and produce right away I don't see Jabara having a chance at being a starter with us mostly because he is a project as most seventh rounders are. Unfortunately he will probably be at most a very solid special teams player which is kinda sad because I would like to see what he could do. Please vote on the poll to share what you think Jabara could be and voice your opinions in the comments if you want.