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Everything you need to know about Michael Jordan from the 2019 NFL Combine

Ohio State DL Michael Jordan 2019 NFL Combine results and draft projection

NCAA Football: Indiana at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

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.


Scouting Report

Here’s what the pros are saying in his NFL Combine Scouting Report:

Overview

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.

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

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


Measurements

  • Height: 6’6”
  • Weight: 312 lbs.
  • Hand size: 10”
  • Arm length: 34 1/4”

Combine Results

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


Interview Notables and Quotables


Draft Projection

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.