Miami football remains strong at TE as Brevin Jordan enters 2021 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 Miami football program has the depth to absorb the loss of junior tight end Brevin Jordan to the 2021 NFL Draft.

The decision by junior tight end Brevin Jordan to enter the 2021 NFL Draft will be absorbed by the return of his classmate Will Mallory and excellent depth behind him entering next season. Jordan showed immense talent during his three seasons with the Miami football program but was often injured.

Jordan finished his Miami career with 105 receptions, for 1,358 yards and 13 touchdowns. Jordan leaves Miami fifth all-time in TE receptions, fourth in receptions and second in receiving TDs. Mallory and Jordan were projected to be a tandem that would make the Miami offense tough to defend.

During their first two seasons, Jordan and Mallory seldom were productive in the same game. In the first season with Rhett Lashlee as the offensive coordinator, Jordan and Mallory occasionally were a threat to opposing defenses in 2020. Mallory will lead the Miami WR corps in 2021.

Redshirt freshman Larry Hodges, freshman Dominic Mammarelli and 2021 signees Elijah Arroyo will continue to give Miami a lot of depth and talent at TE in the future. Mallory has 43 receptions for 659 yards and seven TDs in his Miami career. The 2020 season was the most consistent of Mallory’s collegiate career.

After catching passes in three games as a freshman and six as a sophomore, Mallory had receptions in 10 games in 2020. If Mallory can match his seven career TD receptions next season, he would tie Calvin Alford for the record among Miami TEs. With Jordan moving on Mallory becomes the clear starter at TE.

Arroyo is expected to be the next great Miami TE behind Mallory. Mallory and Arroyo could be used in tandem in 2021 like Lashlee used Jordan and Mallory in 2020. Hodges completed one pass to quarterback D’Eriq King for one yard and caught a pass for a loss of two yards in 2020. Mammarellli did not have a reception.

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Jordan was the second highest ranked signee for Miami in the class of 2018, the 33rd ranked player in the class and top ranked TE coming out that season. Mallory was the ninth ranked TE in the same class. Jordan is ranked the fourth best TE prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft by Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN via Inside the U.