A Minneapolis, Minnesota native, Jareid Combs went the JUCO route and began his career at Iowa Central Community College. He then went on to transfer to the University of North Texas while holding offers from other D-1 schools including Cincinnati, Memphis and Idaho, among others. Combs progressed into one of the more feared pass rushers in the Conference-USA as he finished his senior campaign with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks.
Combs played against some top tier draft prospects during his time at UNT, including the likes of Forrest Lamp and David Sharpe – two players who are currently at the NFL Combine. Combs has held his own no matter who lines up across from him. He plays with a good combination of speed and power with ability to rush the passer and stop the run. In his highlight tape below, you’ll see noticeable effort in pursuit on every given play.
In today’s game where the pass rusher has taken over as the most important position for a defense, a guy like Jareid Combs could prove to be tremendous value on Day 3 of the NFL Draft – a draft in which pass rushers are going to fly off the board at a fast rate. Check out my interview with the North Texas standout below and follow him on Twitter @Combs_Era7.
Q: Transferring from Iowa Central Community College to North Texas, what was the toughest aspect of making the transition to D1 football?
A: I believe the toughest aspect was the game speed and also how big D1 schools are and how everybody was good prior to coming here while at JUCO I was more of a standout guy. It really humbles you.
Q: Did you have any other D1 offers besides UNT? If so, what made you choose North Texas?
A: Yes, I had Memphis, New Mexico, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Idaho, and some other smaller schools but what made me choose North Texas was the coaching staff at the time, they made me feel apart of the team before I was actually on the team.
Q: What was the most memorable moment of your college career?
A: Most memorable moment was me getting my first D1 sack it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.
Q: What would you consider to be the biggest strength of your game?
A: My biggest strength is my pass rush ability but also would have to be my speed and power and how I am able to utilize both of them.
Q: What is something you think you need to improve on?
A: Something I need to improve on especially going to the next level would be my film, watching it is good but I feel like it will only get better the more I play.
Q: Who was the toughest player you ever played against?
A: University of Florida’s David Sharpe or WKU’s Forrest Lamp.
Q: Is there a specific NFL player who you model your game after?
A: I would say Khalil Mack because I am a OLB and also Defensive End and also I prize myself on pass rush like him but I also am great against the run.
Q: Who is your favorite NFL team?
A: Which ever team gives me a chance.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your off time? Any hobbies?
A: I like to play my Xbox One sometimes but I also like going to the movies or go out and have fun.
Q: What type of music/artist are you listening to before a game to get pumped up?