During an Unorthodox NFL Draft Process, Brevin Jordan Aims to Carry the TEU Legacy for Miami
During an unorthodox NFL Draft Process, which is lacking in live team visits and a cancelled combine, players have had to improvise in order to stand out among NFL scouts. And that is certainly the case for future ProCane Tight End, Brevin Jordan, who is making a last ditch effort to increase his stock before next month’s draft.
To that end, the 6’3”, 245lb is making his proverbial rounds in NFL circles – albeit virtually – in order to get the best possible draft grade. Behind Florida Gators Tight End Kyle Pitts, who is likely a top ten pick, the Tight End position is largely wide open and could be prone to a lull after Pitts is selected. After Pitts, the combination Jordan, Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth, Notre Dame’s Tommy Tremble, Georgia’s Tre McKitty, and Boston College’s Hunter Long, are currently among the experts’ consensus top Tight End selections to be picked anywhere between the roughly the second and fifth round.
Over the past month, Jordan has been getting plenty of virtual face time with experts as well as NFL teams via Zoom. According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, Jordan has consistently heard from the Packers, Patriots, 49ers, Seahawks, and Chiefs, so in all likelihood has had a laundry list of interviews beyond that.
There’s a TON of interest in him, & it’s easy to see why once you turn the tape on #NFLDraft
— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) February 23, 2021
Most notably, however, the Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas) said in an interview with the NFL Network that it would be a dream come true if he was drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders, where his mother resides. In the interview with Andrew Siciliano, Jordan also gave his elevator pitch as to what teams could expect by drafting him:
“I think I’m a running back when I get the ball in my hand,” Jordan started, “I’m just a natural playmaker at any position I play.”
“My first two years at Miami I was having to block defensive ends and linebackers,” Jordan continued as to his blocking capabilities, “I’ve done it a lot the first two years of my career.”
Invites went out and if there was a @NFL Combine this year, The U would’ve been represented well.
Next up: Pro Day | March 29th pic.twitter.com/E6KCHP2VEe
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) March 13, 2021
As to his freak athleticism, which was on full display this past season in week two when he hurdled over a Louisville defender as he lunged towards the goal line, Jordan has been marketing himself, most recently during his “mock combine.” This past week, Jordan posted on his Twitter account that he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds, recorded 38’ in the vertical jump, and completed the shuttle in 4.19 seconds.
The impressive numbers are well ahead of the average Tight End numbers at the combine according to nflsavant.com, which indicate the average 40-yard dash for tight ends is 4.75 seconds and the average vertical jump is 33.47’.
Two Broncos Tight Ends, Albert Okwuegbunam and Noah Fant, have both recorded impressive 40-yard dash times the last two combines at 4.49 and 4.5 seconds, respectively. Okwuegbunam ended up being a fourth round pick in 2020 and Fant a first rounder the year prior, but both are getting plenty of early exposure in Denver’s offense. Of course, Jordan’s number at Miami’s Pro Day will be what scouts consider.
My summer scouting series kicks off with an interview with standout Miami TE Brevin Jordan (@Brevinjordan)
We talked about his versatile skill set and why he’s a prospect that can do whatever he’s asked to do at the position. pic.twitter.com/k9AgrXjmGk
— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) May 19, 2020
Jordan wisely played the entire season this past Fall and created plenty of game tape to impress scouts, coaches, and GMs. However, the media expert draft grades have been extremely varied this draft season due to opt outs, lack of in person analysis, and the abnormal process with no combine. To that end, even though Jordan has been considered the TE2 by some experts, he received a lowly 4th-5th round grade from ESPN NFL Draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr. Last month, StateoftheU colleague, Craig T. Smith, noted how Jordan has profiled throughout the offseason draft process.
— Rebecca Otto (@RebeccaKOtto) March 9, 2021
If Jordan’s college numbers are any indication of NFL success, he should have the chance to prove Kiper’s grade wrong. In three years at TEU, Jordan pulled down 105 receptions, 1,356 yards, and 13 TDs. This past season, despite missing three games, he had his most productive season and tallied 38 receptions for 576 yards, and 7 TDs. Also, of note, Jordan is only 20-years old and doesn’t turn 21 until July, so should have a lengthy career ahead of him if his success translates.
As it relates to his success at the next level, Jordan indicated in the NFL Network interview how he wants to carry on his late father’s legacy and “play” in the NFL. Jordan’s father was drafted but never really saw action in the league.
Brevin Jordan: Highest passer rating when targeted among draft-eligible TEs (148.7) pic.twitter.com/1hydwo9pLn
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 5, 2021
Jordan will have one last opportunity to shine in this unprecedented draft process at a familiar site: Greentree for Miami’s Pro Day on March 29th. Jordan will try to dazzle NFL scouts alongside his teammates, Greg Rousseau, Jaelan Phillips, Quincy Roche, and Jose Borregales. To date, Jordan’s playing style has been compared most frequently to Tight End, Jonnu Smith, who, on Monday, agreed to sign with the New England Patriots for 4 years/$50Million.
Wherever Jordan ends up, he should get a chance to continue the TEU legacy.