Perhaps overlooked among the 2021 NFL Draft’s tight ends, the Miami Hurricane’s Brevin Jordan offers the kind of profile that could appeal greatly to a certain kind of team.
At 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, Jordan lacks the frame and mass of a typical NFL tight end. However, his size limitations didn’t prevent him from producing during his three seasons in Coral Gables. Over his final two seasons, Jordan caught 73 passes for 1,071 yards and nine touchdowns while serving as Miami’s primary in-line tight end, living up to his pedigree as the No. 1 recruit at his position coming out of high school. Furthermore, Jordan’s success came despite inconsistent play under center prior to D’Eriq King’s arrival in 2020.
While some teams will not rank Jordan highly on their draft board due to size concerns, teams more flexible with their position profiles could land a versatile player sometime in the middle rounds.
Jordan’s athletic profile presents a Rorschach test for NFL teams. Those that see a fast straight-line runner with the ability to uncover early in the play will probably find themselves intrigued with his prospects. Those that desire a more traditional “Y” tight end who can consistently hold his own in pass protection and win contested catches might not feel as confident in Jordan’s chances.
With more teams shifting toward wide-zone, play-action-heavy offenses that require well-rounded tight ends to unlock the scheme. Jordan can work in those situations, but he will probably see most of his action split out into the slot or in an H-back role. And while Jordan posted an elite 40-yard dash and splits for his position, he struggled in other tests at his pro day. That could knock him down a bit on draft boards.
Mock Draft landing spots
The Buffalo Bills don’t feature a standout tight end, but the guys they currently have at the position look like more traditional in-line options. Jordan could offer some variety and shares a few physical similarities with Charles Clay, a similarly undersized tight end that played for the Bills from 2015 to ‘18.
Fantasy impact: Rookie year
Tight ends generally have rough introductions to the NFL, with the position requiring much more physical maturity and blocking than it typically does at the collegiate level. Jordan left Miami after only three years, putting him at the younger end of prospects in his draft class. Accordingly, don’t expect him to carve out a niche until later in his professional career.
Fantasy impact: Career
Even if Jordan struggles early, he could develop into a starting tight end in the mold of Jordan Reed. Reed’s career hit a snag when physical ailments and head injuries sidelined him for extended periods, but a modern offense can still work with an undersized but smart tight end. In a league that generally lacks more than a few stud tight ends, Jordan could realistically have a few seasons as a starting option in fantasy.