Brevin Jordan - TE - Miami
Brevin Jordan worked as a receiving threat at the tight end position, coming in second in receiving yards for Miami the past two seasons- that production gave him a great rookie profile. He was a fan favorite before the NFL Draft as a potential challenger to Pat Freiermuth as the tight end two in this class. Unfortunately, his draft capital caused him to drop significantly in many rankings following the Draft.
Team: Houston Texans
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 247 lbs
40-yard dash: 4.69
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Vertical Jump: 31″
Broad Jump: 116″
Bench Press: 17
Brevin Jordan came out of high school as a consensus four-star recruit and the top-rated tight end in his class. As a true freshman, Brevin Jordan played a significant role for the Miami Hurricanes. He was third in receiving yards and second in receptions and receiving touchdowns in 2018, already showing off his receiving ability. He continued to build on his impressive freshman campaign by increasing his efficiency with his targets and posting ~500 yards on 14.1 yards per reception. This was good for second on the team in 2019 in receiving yards and awarded him First-team All-ACC honors.
Jordan continued to improve upon his yards after the catch and deep threat abilities. He posted career highs across the board in receptions, yards, yards per reception, and touchdowns in his final season at Miami. His performance was enough to garner his second Second-Team All-ACC honors. Jordan was an early declare to the NFL Draft, considered by many as a top-three tight end going into the draft. He tested fairly well during his pro-day, translating to above-average percentile ranks in the 40-yard dash, Speed Score, and Burst Score. However, his Agility Score was only in the 8th percentile, and Catch Radius in the 22nd percentile per playerprofiler.
Brevin Jordan is an impressive receiving threat, and he put that on display consistently at Miami. He showed secure hands and an ability to make tough catches on the outside or over the middle. His claim to fame is his yards after the catch ability, seamlessly turning upfield with the ball in his hands. Once he turns upfield, he is able to cover ground incredibly quickly, turning a dump off in the flat into a first down instantly. He shows off athleticism in the open field with a surprising ability to make people miss at his size.
When Jordan gets into the open field, he puts on display an impressive size/speed combination that is lethal to possess as a tight end. He has the ability to take the top off a defense when he gets in the open field, as well as a knack for getting behind the defense. For a tight end, Jordan demonstrates solid route running technique and an understanding of route mechanics. He uses his inside/outside quickness quite often to gain leverage and then uses his big frame to box out defenders at the catch point. Additionally, he has a quick release and fluid hips at the breaking points of his routes.
One of the biggest knocks on Brevin Jordan is his blocking ability. Blocking is the role of a tight end that fantasy managers don’t care as much about, but the role that NFL coaches require a player to possess if they are to stay on the field consistently. Jordan shows the ability at times, but often lacks technique and the awareness to get in front of blockers on a consistent basis.
There were also many body catches on film from Jordan and the lack of ability to extend for tough grabs. He needs to work on his catching technique because even though he is reliable, his catching technique needs to greatly improve to translate as well in the NFL. He also will need to come down with a lot more of the contested catches at the next level for him to be considered a true receiving threat as the coverage gets a lot tougher to beat.
Post Draft Analysis
Houston Texans: Round 5, Pick 3
The Houston Texans selected Brevin Jordan with the third pick in the fifth round. The Texans didn’t have much draft capital in this draft, but they focused heavily on the offensive side of the ball with their first three picks in Davis Mills (QB), Nico Collins (WR), and Brevin Jordan (TE). The offensive side of the ball is an aging unit and the front office obviously wants to adjust this. While the Mills pick was most likely a sign of concern in regards to Deshaun Watson’s future in the NFL, there is a clear need to find an heir replacement to aging players such as Randall Cobb, David Johnson, Mark Ingram, Brandin Cooks, and Jordan Akins.
Brevin Jordan’s main competition for playing time will be Jordan Akins. Pharaoh Brown, Kahale Warring, and Ryan Izzo are also on the roster, but these players are most likely depth pieces for the team. For a fifth-round selection, Jordan’s path to early playing time is fairly wide open to at least get on the field in two tight end sets. The biggest questions that will determine his success are whether Brevin Jordan can continue to improve and who will be throwing him the ball in future years.
The Houston Texans have a lot of questions surrounding their organization from a player standpoint and a future direction standpoint. While Jordan has a fairly clear path to early playing time and even a future role, it’s hard to trust an organization like the Texans to develop this young player at the moment.
In redraft leagues, Jordan provides little value except maybe as a streaming tight end if Akins goes down. In dynasty, Jordan is generally going in the middle to the late third round of superflex/tight end premium drafts. That is a solid place to take a shot on a player with quite a bit of upside but also quite a few questions surrounding him. Akins is 29 right now and a free agent following this season. So if Jordan impresses this year, he could have the starting gig to himself in 2021. Again, there are still quite a few question marks on where the organization is going following this season, so there is quite a bit of risk that comes along with Brevin Jordan.