Jordan Reed TE Florida #11
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Size/Athleticism: Shorter than the average tight end. Won’t be great in red zone situations. Dangerous runner after the catch. He can break tackles but also has the athleticism and speed to make guys miss. Could be a dangerous weapon when used as an oversized receiver in the slot due to matchup issues.
Separation Skills: Route running is mediocre. He needs to be much quicker in his breaks to separate from more athletic linebackers. He also needs to show more awareness on the field, especially in zone coverage. He needs to recognize when he’s in the soft spot and make himself available to the quarterback. His routes are lazy when he knows he’s not the primary target.
Ball Skills: Reliable, but not elite hands. Has large hands for his size which undoubtedly helps. Not asked to compete for many jump balls in coverage, but seems to have the athleticism to excel in this area if given more opportunities.
Blocking: Blocking skills leave a lot to be desired. He’s just not big or strong enough to really be effective. Not very quick off the snap when blocking and struggles to get a consistent initial pop on the defender. He’s essentially an oversized receiver and will always struggle against defensive ends and bigger linebackers.
Intangibles: Benched during 2013 Sugar Bowl for his attitude. Showed a noticeable lack of effort at times during games and definitely isn’t the type of player you can rely on as a three-down tight end because he just doesn’t put in the effort when he’s not fully involved in the play.
Durability: Knocked out of 2012 Kentucky game with a shoulder injury but returned the following week. Missed time with a sprained ankle in 2011.
Comments: Reed is relatively new to the tight end position, after originally playing quarterback and then running back. With his size and athleticism, he’s essentially a clone of former Gator Aaron Hernandez. However, Reed lacks the maturity and fundamentals of Hernandez at this stage of his career. He definitely has the raw tools to be a weapon at the next level, but development is needed in multiple areas of his game. He would purely be a luxury pick if selected before the third day of the draft.