Jordan Hill  DT   Penn St

TALENT BOARD ROUND  1

 

STRENGTHS

Jordan is a terrific undersized football player who will not be drafted anywhere near the first round, which is why we invented the two board system -- to distinguish talent level from forecasted draft position.  He shows on film excellent overall athletic ability to impact as a football player, a leader and a coach on the field.  He has a good burst off the line and is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler.  He has mature defensive line skills and is very smart.  He adjusts his play to how he is being blocked during a game in order to be in a position to make an impact play.   Jordan has the lateral agility to string plays out and make tackles in space.  He has the quickness to shoot the gap and get into the backfield before the quarterback can receive the snap.  He has the change of direction skills and foot speed to flush the quarterback from the pocket and run him down.  He has excellent upper and lower body strength as well as mental toughness.  If you want to be a successful team, you need players like Jordan.  He is undersized, but his intangibles far out-weigh his size and because he has very good athletic ability, you just know there is a place for him on teams who seem to reach the playoffs every year.  Jordan reminds me a lot of Warren Sapp and like Warren, he is a player with the intelligence to impact on every play in spite of being undersized for his position.  

 

CONCERNS

Jordan is undersized and is "different"; as we all know, most NFL coaches don't handle "different" very well.  I'm not sure what position he will play for the team that drafts him, but I am sure that he will force himself on the field and coaches will have to decide what his best position will be. Maybe he will be a DE in a 3-4 or slim down a little and become a OLB off the edge in a 3-4.  Maybe he will be a DE in a 4-3 and move him inside on passing downs.  I'm not sure what position he will play, but I am sure of this:  I want to add a quality player like this to my team.

 

BOTTOM LINE

Bill Belichick of the Patriots has a history of seeing the talent and the ability to impact in players who are "different".  I suspect he will see that in Jordan and at some point in this draft, select him. I'm not going to tell you that Jordan will be selected in the first round, but I think from the third round on, Jordan should be on a lot of teams' minds.  Seahawks, Eagles, Texans and Patriots are teams that might see the potential in Jordan to impact on the field and should be interested in drafting him.  Jordan will impact as a leader and coach on the field.  He will impact in all the intangibles needed in a player for a team to reach a Super Bowl.  He might not ever be the sack or tackle machine that others are on the team he plays on, but he will be the player who is responsible for those players having all those sacks and tackles for the team. That, my fellow draftniks, is an impact player, just in a different way than you might be used to seeing.  It's possible after the combine and after Jordan works out that he might show teams the agility to slim down and become a stand up OLB in a 3-4.  Then again, maybe he will be a DE in a 3-4 in spite of his size or a defensive end/tackle in a 4-3 defense.  All I know is this, he will be a starting player for the team that drafts him because of his leadership skills, effort on every play and athletic talent in spite of being vertically challenged and having short arms.  He will eventually be a starter because he will be too valuable to sit on the sidelines.  He is not a practice player -- he is a game player. A player that understands the ebb and flow of a game.  A player who adjusts his style of play to be effective during a game, a player who makes others around him better.  He reminds me a lot of Teddy Bruschi in the way he goes about his business of playing the game with similar talent to Warren Sapp.  Keep track of what round this kid will most likely be drafted in on Rob's value board...he's a definite sleeper.

 

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Feb/2013