Being injury prone likely to hurt TE Brevin Jordan in NFL Draft

Oct 5, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 5, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

The inability for tight end Brevin Jordan to stay healthy during his Miami Hurricanes career will likely hinder where he is selected in the NFL Draft.

Miami Hurricanes tight end Brevin Jordan has missed seven games during the first three seasons of his collegiate career. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported on Monday that ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Jordan as the fourth-best TE entering the 2021 NFL Draft. Jordan has missed three games in 2020.

At the time he was injured, Jordan was leading Miami in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Jordan has 20 receptions for 265 yards and three TDs this season. After missing over a month, Jordan returning for Miami’s last game on November 14 against Virginia Tech and had season lows two receptions for 24 yards.

Originally a borderline first-round draft prospect, Jordan would be fortunate to go in the second round now in 2021. Jordan would probably improve his stock by returning for his senior season net year. The likelihood is with the uncertainty of life because of the COVID-19 pandemic that Jordan will leave for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Jordan has improved his numbers each season when healthy. As a freshman in 2018, Jordan had 32 receptions for 287 yards and four TDs. As a sophomore in 2019, Jordan had 35 receptions for 495 yards and two TDs. This season Jordan has 20 receptions for 265 and three TDs.

Without the ankle injury that caused him to miss three games, Jordan would have shattered career highs this season playing in a more wide-open offense under new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. If Jordan makes the decision to enter the 2021 NFL Draft his performance at the combine next February will be critical.

Miami has been fortunate to have Will Mallory who signed with Jordan in 2018 on the roster. Malloy has thrived with Jordan out and could be poised for a big season in 2021 if the top TE in the Class of 2018 enters the 2021 NFL Draft. Mallory is on pace to shatter his career highs with 15 receptions for 240 yards in 2020.

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Mallory has four of his career seven TD receptions in 2020. With 16 receptions for 293 yards in 2019, Mallory set his previous career highs. Mallory has 36 receptions for 570 yards and seven TDs in his career. Most of the success Mallory has had has come when Jordan has been out injured the past two seasons.