Edge rusher | Florida | Junior
Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 258 pounds
2018: Played in 13 games with five starts; recorded 45 total tackles with 17.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks (ranked seventh in FBS) and led FBS with six forced fumbles; named Second-Team All-American by Associated Press and was a Third-Team All-American honoree by Phil Steele; honored as First-Team All-SEC selection by coaches and media
Career: Played in 32 career games with nine starts; recorded 78 total tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles
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Summary: Polite was looked at as a first or second-round talent immediately after the 2018 season, but most believe his stock has dropped in recent months. Although he showed great prowess in getting to the quarterback on the field, he ran a time of 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote that Polite is a “just one year of big-time production, but he’s an instinctive rusher with natural feel for attacking the pocket. Polite's frightening speed to the edge on tape was missing in his pre-draft workouts as he showed up much heavier and with purported hamstring issues during all of his testing. The game tape shows an ability to rush the pocket with a fluid, diverse attack, but he might not have the grit necessary to play the run as a 3-4 outside linebacker on early downs.”
Polite’s full scouting report on NFL.com can be found here.
Stacking up: Draft analyst Dane Brugler, who writes for The Athletic, listed Polite as the seventh-best edge rusher in the draft. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks did not have Polite as one of his top five pass rushers. Back in February, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com had Polite as the 21*st overall player* in the draft. But Polite wasn’t in Jeremiah’s group of top 50 players in the past two editions he has put out.
Takeaway machine: Polite led the country with six forced fumbles during the 2018 season, which tied Clifford Charlton’s school record from 1986. He was one of two players nationally with at least five forced fumbles and 10 sacks last season. Polite ranks fourth in Florida history with eight career forced fumbles behind Charlton (15), Guss Scott (11) and Alex Brown (nine).