The 2021 NFL league year starts at 4 p.m. (EST) on March 17. That also means we are inching closer to the NFL Draft, which takes place on April 29. For the time being, teams will continue to scout and virtually meet with players that they could potentially add to their team.
According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, Brevin Jordan listed the Patriots as one of the teams that have shown interest in him, along with the Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks.
Jordan is a talented prospect you should familiarize yourself with. He stands out as an explosive athlete who could provide substantial value in the early rounds of the draft.
Let’s take a closer look at him.
Name: Brevin Jordan
Size: 6’3”, 245 lbs
Position: Tight End
Expected round: 2nd/3rd
Jordan was a four-star recruit out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. In fact, he was the No. 1 tight end recruit in the country.
In his three-year college career for the Miami Hurricanes, Jordan put up consistent production. As a freshman in 2018, Jordan caught 32 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns. Similarly, in his sophomore year, he caught 35 passes for 495 yards and two touchdowns. It was his junior year that really caught everyone’s attention. He caught 38 passes, for 576 yards and seven touchdowns. His play was so good, that he was one of the finalists in 2019 for the John Mackey Award, which honors the nation’s top college tight end. And to top it off, he was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2019.
Ironically enough, when the Hurricanes played the Virginia Tech Hokies in 2019, it was Jordan and current Patriots tight end, Dalton Keene, who stole the show. Keene caught three touchdown passes for the Hokies, meanwhile, Jordan caught seven passes, for 136 yards, and one touchdown. The Hokies won the game in a thriller, 42-35.
One of Jordan’s most impressive games was in a bowl game his junior year when it mattered most. Unfortunately for Jordan, his team lost to Oklahoma State in the 2020 Cheez-It Bowl 37-34. Jordan played really well in the loss though. He had eight receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordan is the best all-around tight end in the draft. In fact, CBS Sports currently has Jordan ranked as the No. 3 tight end in the class and 46th overall.
•Explosive athlete, very versatile
•Very good route runner
•Has great hands, catches everything
•Very capable blocker
•Projected as a 2nd/3rd round pick#Patriots #NFL #NFLDraft2021 #ItsAllAboutTheU pic.twitter.com/TS1zckp7g6
— Kevin Tame Jr. (@Kevin_Tame) March 2, 2021
Jordan is an athlete who has the tools to be a starting tight end in the NFL. If he is in the right system with a quarterback who targets his tight end, he will thrive. Also, for what it’s worth, an underestimated part of his game is actually his blocking. He is a very capable blocker in both the run game and the passing game.
If I were to compare Jordan’s game to players in the NFL now, I would say Jordan is on the Noah Fant and Irv Smith Jr. talent spectrum.
The only major concern is injuries. In fact, he fought through injuries in each of his three seasons with the Hurricanes. For example, Jordan suffered a right shoulder injury in the third quarter of a 42-17 loss at Clemson in 2020.
Miami has had a league-high 12 tight ends drafted since 2000. Miami’s program has produced names like Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow jr., Greg Olsen, and Jimmy Graham. Jordan is certainly looking to add his name to that list. Look out for Jordan to go in the top-50.
The Patriots have had issues getting production from the tight end position over the last two years. In fact, ever since Rob Gronkowski left town, the tight end position has been nonexistent.
Patriots tight end production in 2019:
- Ben Watson: 17 catches, on 24 targets, for 173 yards.
- Matt LaCosse: 13 catches, on 19 targets, for 131 yards, and one touchdown.
- Ryan Izzo: Six catches, on nine targets, for 114 yards, and one touchdown.
Patriots tight end production in 2020:
- Ryan Izzo: 13 catches, on 20 targets, for 114 yards.
- Dalton Keene: Three catches, on five targets, for 16 yards.
- Devin Asiasi: Two catches, on seven targets, for 39 yards, and one touchdown.
With this in mind, it’s crystal clear why Jordan would be a solid addition to the Patriots roster. In fairness to both Keene and Asiasi though, New England selected both tight ends in last year’s NFL Draft. Neither player really got a lot of playing time.
It remains to be seen what the Patriots do with their draft picks, but we’ll get some answers soon because the NFL Draft takes place in just under two months.
–Kevin Tame Jr. is a Staff Writer for Full Press Coverage Sports Media and covers the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Tame