Jordan Reed Scouting Report

Jordan Reed NFL Draft

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Prospect: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 236
Grade: 6.3 (Grading Scale)


Scouting Report:

Athleticism:
+ Moves well in the open field, does a good job of finding running lanes
+ Good cuts and double moves in the open field, can make defenders miss to extend plays
+ Accelerates into a second gear with room to run
+ Good vertical leaping ability
- Lacks explosive burst off line of scrimmage
- Subpar downfield speed for a receiving TE (4.72-second 40 at Combine)
- Short for a tight end (6’2”)

Catching/Ball Skills:
+ Consistently catches the ball in his hands
+ Good at high-pointing football on balls thrown above him
- Limited catching radius, not great at extending for passes away from his body

Route Running:
+ Great quickness in and out of breaks
+ Gets open consistently as a receiver in short/intermediate passing game
+ When needed to extend play and get open, keeps feet moving and extends route
+ Does a great job turning around to the QB and giving an open target
+ Can transition effectively from pass blocker to pass receiver mid-play
- Didn’t run a full route tree at Florida
- Very limited on deep routes

Open-Field Playmaking:
+ Shifty, but also runs north-south when he has room to run in front of him
+ Uses body strength well to run through contact downfield
+ Consistently extends short passes for bigger gains with acceleration, moves and running through contact
+ Runs the ball out of the backfield effectively with athleticism + power
- Doesn’t have the speed to run away/separate from NFL defensive backs

Blocking:
+ Willing blocker
+ Does a good job turning defenders away from direction of run play
+ Uses feet well to pick up blockers downfield
+ Fairly effective in pass protection for a tight end
- Lacks the strength to drive bigger defenders off the line
- Not an aggressive blocker, tends to let defenders come into his path rather than attacking them
- Ineffective going low as a cut blocker
- Too upright in his blocking stance

Intangibles/Leadership/Intelligence:
+ Great versatility: can line up as flex TE, H-back, in-line TE, WR and run out of backfield
- Doesn’t always finish strong through plays as both a receiver/blocker
- Disappears in games at times
- Playing time limited in 2013 Sugar Bowl, reportedly due to “poor attitude”

Overall:
The Aaron Hernandez comparison seems too easy and obvious for Jordan Reed, but there’s more to that comparison than simply the fact that they were both Florida tight ends.

Like the current Patriots tight end, Reed is a dynamic open-field playmaker who excels at getting open and turning into short passes into bigger gains with his acceleration, quickness and running ability. He will not be used much as a traditional in-line tight end and is subpar as a deep receiver and blocker, but he could be a valuable weapon because of the many different places he can line up on the field and make plays from.

For a team looking for a complementary offensive piece for their short and intermediate passing game — and who can also make plays out wide and out of the backfield — Reed would be a solid mid-round selection. He is not quite as dynamic or athletic as Hernandez, but should be a productive piece of an NFL offense.

Scouting Notes

vs. Georgia (10/27/12):
-Shows solid athleticism on hitch route to secure ball and get up field to get a first down
-Becoming a featured target as Florida attacks the UGA’s LB’s in coverage
-Gets his hands extended when catching the ball, doesn’t let it get into his body

Full scouting notes for Reed vs. Georgia.

vs. South Carolina (10/20/12):
- Lines up in tight slot in red zone, sits in zone and gets the first touchdown
- Second touchdown of the day on easy slip play down the seam, play action, he sneaks out, TD in back of EZ
- Joke of a blocking attempt on Clowney, over-extends, and lets Clowney swim him

Full scouting notes for Reed vs. South Carolina.

at Texas A&M (9/8/12):
- Good hands on the out route and stretches out on the sideline to get the first down
- Showing nice speed after the catch to avoid tackles and get up field
- Quickness and speed are evident, gets a catch makes three defenders miss and goes for 25 yards

Full scouting notes for Reed vs. Texas A&M.

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Florida, Jordan Reed, Scouting Reports

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