2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Brevin Jordanby Alex Barbour February 26, 2021 2 comments
This tight end class is topped with some amazing young talent. Among true Juniors like Kyle Pitts and Pat Freiermuth is Brevin Jordan. His size and speed combined with his after-the-catch ability provide a very intriguing prospect for this year’s class. The question looms over Jordan’s head: is he just another college gadget weapon, or is he a legitimate NFL talent? Let’s dive in.
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Name: Brevin Jordan
Position: Tight End
Weight: 245 lbs
Jordan’s hands are solid. He only averages slightly under three drops per year, so there is nothing to really worry about there. However, he has been seen dropping some passes that should be catchable. Honestly, blame the scheme for using him in the flat where he can get blown up (not to mention D’Eriq King for throwing deflected passes into crowds of defenders). Bottom line: Jordan’s hands are solid, but nothing spectacular.
Contested Catch (5.25/10)
This category is almost impossible to grade. Jordan is never used in this situation. Pitts has highlight after highlight of contested catches, but the tape watched shows none of that. Jordan usually is wide open thanks to his route running skill or the scheme, so this would not apply. He has been seen catching through contact, however.
Overall Speed and burst (9.25/10)
Whoa. Jordan is extremely quick off the line and dangerously fast. Most linebackers cannot keep up with his wide receiver like speed and burst. Even defensive backs seem to have some trouble. Bottom line: Jordan is a fast and quick wide receiver in a tight end body which creates a constant mismatch.
Route Running (9.0/10)
Jordan is a wide receiver with his route running. He does have some routes that look better than others (he runs elite-level curls, soft outs, and sluggos), but he truly fits the big slot role. The stunning thing is that Pitts runs some of these routes worse than Jordan. His footwork is quick and fluid, which creates super smooth routes. In the right scheme, Jordan might be a better option than Pitts. Note: This scale uses 5.0 as average, 10.0 as the greatest of all time (just to put these high ratings into perspective).
After the Catch (9.25/10)
Again, wow. Jordan is amazing with the ball in his hands. He appears to be 30 lbs lighter when he makes moves. His one flaw is his hurdling, which seemed to show a lack of springiness; however, his burst off the line contradicts the explosiveness issue seen here. As stated before, Jordan is superfluid with his movement with very quick feet. He is absolutely lethal with his size, burst, fluidity, and speed.
Jordan cools down once again here. He tends to get caught in press coverage. This said Jordan does deploy a swim move in order to reposition his body when he cannot do anything else with his speed and burst. He is also seen a couple of times hand fighting to an acceptable degree.
Jordan is a true mismatch nightmare. He uses his speed and quickness to create immense separation. Most importantly, he also uses his smooth route running to leave many linebackers and defensive backs completely lost in coverage. There is a small concern with press coverage, so the separation category will fall slightly because of it.
Another huge wow for Jordan. When people hear “H back,” rarely do they think of an amazing blocker. For his skill set and athleticism, it is astonishing that Jordan blocks at the level that he does. He is solid against some defensive lineman, but he is elite blocking against defensive backs. Jordan has his arms extended with correct hand placement and drives with power. If he is placed as a slot wide receiver, Jordan may become one of the most dangerous weapons both in the air and protecting when the ball is on the ground.
Positional Versatility (8.25/10)
It is no secret that Jordan should have the flexibility to play slot wide receiver in the NFL. The only position he should not play is boundary wide receiver due to his mediocre contested catching. Apart from that he can run the ball, be a tight end, or be a slot wide receiver and play well at every spot.
Competitive Toughness (5/5)
This by far is the hardest working prospect. Literally, Jordan takes zero plays off. The ball could be 55 yards away and he will still be trying to block as hard as he could. This man is a true competitor.
(No pun intended) This is the Achilles heel of Jordan. He has missed games over the past two years, this year missing a substantial amount of games. Hopefully, better training and medical staff can make sure this stud stays healthy.
Jordan is the real deal. Many people write off him as a late day two prospect. After doing this report, Jordan deserves to be in the day one conversation. With Pitts being so elite that he is a top-three player in the class, Jordan deserves some credit. He is not too far off in his own right. If both were in their own best-fit schemes, Pitts will come out on top but only barely. People are seriously underestimating the talent of this young, hard-working man. Any team that selects this gem will be getting a 15-year starter (barring injury) if they use Jordan correctly. Watch out, because he may very well storm the league.
Final Grade (77/100): Top 25
Player Comp: Jonnu Smith