Michael Jordan is an interesting prospect as we move towards the NFL Draft. After playing center during his final season in Columbus, ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. has him ranked as the third best prospect at the position. However, before he declared for the draft, Jordan indicated that he intended to move back to his natural position of guard in 2019, whether it was in the NFL or at Ohio State.
Center-guard prospect with NFL size and a frame that should add even more mass and muscle. Jordan has rare height for a center but has easy flexibility in his hips, knees and ankles, allowing him to man the position. He’s a little lazy with his hands and might not move well enough for teams asking their interior linemen to get out in space. His 2017 guard tape might be more appealing to teams as he flashed as a drive-blocker. His size and versatility could make him a Day 2 draft pick with starting potential early in his career.
Big body with wide rear but even distribution of weight
Starting experience at both guard and center
Just turned 21 with room to continue to fill out frame
Tall but flexible throughout his lowers
Better drive-blocking tape as a guard
Wide frame carries adequate strength along his edges
Good recognition of block-timing on combos
Uses length to redirect slippery linebackers in space
Heavy punch to crater gap-shooting linebackers
Able to unlock hips and re-anchor after early bump by bull charge
Feet to mirror against rush counters
Sluggish with reactive quickness
Takes time getting out of his stance and into pulls
Might not be quick enough to lead the charge
Wide first step causes him to overshoot his mark
Opponents slant inside and access backdoor on him
Drives from toes and will fall off blocks
Plays too tall in lateral movement
Slow to activate hands to punch after snapping
Strikes and sinks feet rather than improving positioning
Opens pathway for delayed blitzes when looking for work
- Height: 6’6”
- Weight: 312 lbs.
- Hand size: 10”
- Arm length: 34 1/4”
Bench press: 19 reps
40-yard dash: 5.31 unofficial
Vertical jump: 32.5 inches
Broad jump: 116.0 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.71 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.71 seconds
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Jordan’s draft stock improved significantly during his final season in Columbus with his move inside to center. The fact that he proved capable of dominating at multiple positions on the offensive line has made him valuable to NFL teams.
He is expected to be a solid day two pick, perhaps as high as a mid-second round selection.