Jordan Poyer   CB/FS   Oregon St

TALENT BOARD ROUND  3

 

STRENGTHS

Jordan plays like a veteran cornerback in the NFL.  He is very smart and understands his own weakness and strengths.  He plays much bigger than his size, is stronger than he looks and has excellent technique.  He can return punts for you when you know the punt will land someplace inside your twenty yard line, because you want that type of football intelligence handling the ball at that point on the field in a game.  He will gain needed and valuable yardage returning punts because he uses a stiff arm to keep defenders away from his legs.  He is an excellent zone defender who will be able to move inside and cover big tight ends in a short zone.  He has the football intelligence to be used as a safety in the red zone and shows leadership skills enough to become a coach on the field. Jordan does a very good job supporting the run and is one of the best corners at locking his arms out on his block to hold defenders up and shed them to make a tackle.  He's also strong enough to steer the receiver blocking him right back into the running back to disrupt the play, allowing his teammates to make the tackle.  He has good speed and change of direction skills, but does something very strange with his feet that makes him not play to that speed.  If he can correct this flaw, he will be an excellent cornerback for the team that drafts him.  If not, I feel he will have to be moved to the free safety position.  With his natural strength and leadership skills at the free safety position he should become a core player for the team that draft him.  Jordan plays with the same type of football intelligence as Champ Bailey.  He just doesn't have quite the talent, but that could change.

 

CONCERNS

Jordan needs to work with a good track coach.  He has good speed and can change direction, but when he does change direction his first three to five steps are side-to-side, like a waddle instead of moving forward.  When he flips his hips, his first step is straight and he stays with his man in coverage until he looks into the backfield or is not fast enough to stay with his assignment.  But on short routes in zone coverage and in short routes in single coverage, this waddle is more pronounced and leads to big time separation issues, which is why he gets beat in coverage.  He has good speed and instincts and can change directions well enough to be used as a cornerback, but he will never be one at the next level in spite of his football intelligence if he cannot correct this waddle. Jordan also tackles too high and needs to correct this to become a safety at the next level.

 

BOTTOM LINE

I think Jordan, deep down, doesn't really think he has the athletic talent for the next level.  I know this because he has learned to use techniques that less athletic corners use now at the NFL level.  Most college players who "think" they have better athletic talent than they actually have don't bother to learn these techniques.  Jordan has learned them, which tells me he is not arrogant and will constantly look for ways to improve his technique. That being said, Jordan needs to learn how to run correctly.  I have seen him do it on the field and I know he can.  I saw it in the BYU game when a ball popped up into his hands and he "took off", running straight for a touchdown.  No one caught him from behind, but he was on the move already at the time.  In that same game, I saw a receiver against him on a short five yard route get separation the length of a couple of yards -- not because Jordan didn't see it coming, but because Jordan went into this waddle after the receiver's break.  He took five steps to get up to speed and five more steps to close the gap.  At that point, it was too late and the play turned into an 11 yard gain.  In the NFL, he never catches that player from behind -- he just gets beat like a drum. It will be interesting at the combine to see what Jordan runs in the forty.  I suspect he will do pretty well, but he has to learn better run techniques to become an effective player at the next level.  At least that's the way I see it on film.   

 

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Feb/2013