Committed To: Florida
What to Like
There is a lot to like about Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny High School offensive line prospect Tyler Jordan. The high school offensive left tackle has good size at 6-foot-4 and 270-pounds and looks to have the frame to add substantial weight. Jordan has long arms and looks to be a good athlete on tape. He has quick feet and usually comes of the ball hard and with a good base. The junior shows himself to be a very effective drive blocker who does a good job of running his feet through the block. He also does a good job of establishing inside hands. The one thing that you notice play after play is that Jordan is a finisher, he blocks until the whistle and is aggressive. The rising senior plays hard and is always looking to find someone unblocked. Jordan demonstrates good lateral movement and the ability to be an effective blocker in the opener field in the screen and quick passing game. In pass protection the junior does a good job of being able to shut down defenders using the "bull-rush". He also looks like he understands pass protection schemes and shows good awareness in picking up blitzes and passing-off rushers to the interior offensive linemen, then hinging-out to pickup the defender coming off the edge.
Questions and Improvement
The first question about Jordan is where does he end up on the offensive line? All indications after speaking to Jordan himself before his commitment is that he will end up at guard or center. It remains to be seen if he can be an effective blocker while playing with the ball in his hand at center but all indications are he is a good enough athlete to make that transition. You have the same question about his ability as a puller at guard simply because he doesn't pull a lot on tape but again looks to have the ability to easily make the transition to guard. Can Jordan be an effective pass blocker against SEC caliber defensive ends and edge-rushers? He has good lateral movement on tape but you don't see him against what you would consider a "speed" rusher. At times, in both run and pass blocking, Jordan has a tendency to play to high and needs to play with more knee bend. He also needs to continue to strengthen both his upper and lower body. Jordan has a chance to be a devastating run-blocker as a senior if he gets stronger and more explosive.
There is a lot to like about the commitment of Tyler Jordan if you are the Florida Gators. Jordan is an outstanding prospect who has good size, length and a frame that he can add substantial weight too. The rising senior looks like a good athlete on film and will more than likely be given the chance to play up and down the offensive line at Florida because of his length and versatility. The junior can bend and has good leg drive and never stops running his feet when run blocking. He also showed the ability to move laterally and mirror pass rushers well. Jordan also does a good job of sitting in his pass-protection set and not over-extending when pass blocking. The underclassman plays hard and with an aggressive mentality. Jordan‘s best football is still well ahead of him. The athletic lineman has a chance to be a dominant run blocker as he continues to add on size, strength and becomes more explosive with some time in the weight room. Jordan will only become a more polished player as he continues to develop physically and fundamentally but certainly looks to have the athletic ability and mental makeup to be a SEC-caliber offensive lineman down the road.