Monday, January 14, 2013

Prospect Profile: TE Jordan Reed - Florida

Florida Gators Profile:

Name:  Jordan Reed
Height:  6' - 3"
Weight:  243 lbs.
Class:  RJr.
Hometown:  New London, CT
Date of Birth: ???
High School:  New London High School

Gators Career:

2012 Redshirt Junior Year: 2012 All-SEC First Team (Media), 2nd Team (Coaches).....led the Gators with 45 receptions for 559 yards (12.4 yards per catch) with 3 touchdowns. 

2011 Redshirt Sophomore Year: Gained 307 yards on 28 catches and 2 touchdowns.....17 of those catches being good for first down.

2010: Redshirt Freshman Year: Played in 12 games with 4 starts....playing multiple positions, amassing 326 yards rushing on 77 carries for 5 touchdowns.....threw for 252 yards, with 26 completions on 46 attempts (56.5%) with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception for a QB rating of 119.7.....caught 6 passes for 79 yards (13.3 YPC) and 1 touchdown.

2012 RJr. Highlights:

+ Very fluid athlete with great body control
Natural pass catcher with soft hands
Deftly skilled runner after the catch
Has a good feel for getting open vs. zone coverage
Can be a legitimate downfield threat
Makes the tough catch in tight coverage

- Doesn't possess ideal height and bulk at the position
Needs to work on inline blocking
Isn't the well-rounded TE that fits into any NFL offense
Questionable durability

NFL Player Comparison: TE Aaron Hernandez - NE Patriots

Jordan Reed's early entry into the 2013 NFL Draft has made the tight end class deeper with talent and depth.  Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz are widely seen to be the top 2 tight end prospects, but Reed isn't far behind.  Where he lacks the traditional height and bulk of the other two, Reed could be seen by some as being far more explosive.  More of a bulked up wide receiver than a tight end, Jordan Reed is a threat to make plays after the catch.  He fits the group of downfield threats at the position like Jared Cook and Jermichael Finley.  But the player Reed compares best to is another former Gator and current Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez based off their similar skill sets.  Like Hernandez, Reed could pose a mismatch problem against opposing defenses by playing as a flex TE in the slot, too strong for DBs and too fast for LBs.  He can create plays in space and take a short pass for long gains.  His blocking skills are likely to improve with refined technique, but he'll never be a strong inline blocker.  He currently projects between the 2nd and 3rd round.

Draft Outlook for Oakland:
The Raiders got some production at the tight end position last season from Brandon Myers.  The numbers were inflated due to former OC Greg Knapp's offense.  Myers is also a free agent this offseason and his agent could point to his production when it comes to contract negotiations.  Even if Myers were to come back at an affordable price, he's not the type of receiving threat that opposing offenses would gameplan for.  Jordan Reed's addition to the Oakland roster would give the offense flexibility and add a dimension that creates matchup problems.  There is an outside shot that Reed could still be available with the current 3rd round pick the Raiders hold, and even with so many holes at other positions of need, Reed's talent might be too enticing for Reggie McKenzie to pass up.

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