Jordan Reed: Draft Prospect Preview

Jordan Reed played his college ball at the University of Florida where he played quarterback and tight end.  He converted to tight end permanently in his redshirt sophomore season and he quietly made a name for himself as a tight end/H-back for the Gators.  He has however, been overshadowed this year, by tight ends Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz, but then again so has every other tight end that is entering the draft.  Don’t overlook him though, because he is the kind of guy that will make a play when you least expect it and when you are “lulled” to sleep.  Someone is going to be getting a nice sleeper pick with selecting Reed for sure.

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Jordan Reed stands at 6’2 in height and weighs 236 pounds.  Reed did not wow anyone at Florida with his stats or anything but when he was on the field, he definitely showed glimpses of talent.  His skill set is one most resembling that of former Florida Gator, now New England Patriot, Aaron Hernandez.  I would say he would be a kind of “poor man’s” Aaron Hernandez.  He has the skill and the talent of Hernandez but can be had at a cheaper price and can still be productive in the same way.

At the NFL Combine, Reed only ran the 40 and participated in the bench press.  He ran a 4.72 40 and put up 16 reps on the bench at 225 pounds.  Those are very modest numbers, resembling why he is being overshadowed in the draft, but nonetheless when you see him on the field he can certainly make all the plays just as well as the other top tight ends.

He is a very fluid route runner and a natural receiver.  His biggest asset though is probably his after the catch ability which he demonstrated time after time in college catching shovel passes and making big gains after the catch.  He is an adequate blocker but lacks the ideal size and strength that a traditional tight end possesses which can hurt him in the blocking game when trying to block downhill or protect the QB.  His blocking is something that coaches will be working with him in the future to help him become a more well-rounded tight end.  He is definitely a receiving tight end that could be effective at swinging out of the backfield from a FB/H-back position which would make him most dangerous in the NFL.  His health and attitude are concerns for teams but if he can sure those two things up; he can be a very productive player in the NFL.

Reed is projected to go between the 3rd and 4th round, which is where I would project him as well.  He is a raw talent and probably could have used a little more time in college to develop more as a tight end, but he could still be a dangerous, sleeper pick.  I think a team that already has an established tight end and can afford to get him with a middle round pick would surely benefit because he is a piece that could really help open up an offense.  Anybody looking to create their own Patriots attack, I say draft him because he is going to be quite an asset.

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