The Atlanta Falcons drafted the only tight end in the first round when they chose Kyle Pitts from Florida fourth overall. Miami Hurricanes TE Brevin Jordan is projected to be drafted in the third round. Eleven of the other 31 NFL teams need a TE according to a pre-draft assessment from NFL.Com.
Jacksonville, the New York Jets, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Carolina, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington, Indianapolis, Tennessee, New Orleans, Buffalo and Kansas City are all projected to need TEs per NFL.Com. Kansas City with future Hall of Fame TE Travis Kelce least needs to draft a TE.
Jordan ranks fourth behind Pat Friermuth of Penn State, Tommy Tremble of Notre Dame and Hunter Long of Boston College among the remaining TEs. Kelce finished in the top five in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Entering his ninth season in the NFL, K.C. could be looking for a replacement.
The likelihood is that the Chiefs will not draft a TE in the third or fourth rounds when Jordan is expected to be selected. Washington TE Logan Thomas finished third at the position with 77 receptions in 2020. Despite having Thomas, Chad Reuter of NFL.Com and Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports project Jordan to Washington.
The three other teams to watch according to NFL.Com could be the Chargers, Chiefs and Jaguars. Los Angeles lost Hunter Henry in free agency. James O’Shaunessy was the Jacksonville TE last season and finished with 28 receptions with 262 yards. Jordan would be a huge upgrade over the journeyman O’Shaunessy.
Landing in Jacksonville would be a great opportunity for Jordan to play in the Urban Meyer offense and ability to spread out wide or in the slot and joining their two first-round picks, quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne of Clemson who the Miami Hurricanes lost to last season.
Jordan has been viewed by many draft analysts as a sleeper in the 2021 NFL Draft. If he lasts until the third or fourth round the 2018 top TE coming out of high school could outplay his draft selection. Miami has continually produced TEs. David Njoku was a first-round pick from Miami in 2017.