The New England Patriots landed one of the tight ends they had an eye on, and it wasn't one of the players who had a pre-draft visit with the team. Oregon State tight end Joe Newton, considered post draft target for the Patriots opted to go to Seattle instead of New England. Northern Illinois Jake Nordin agreed to terms with the Patriots. Ironically, Nordin had a pre-draft visits with the Seahawks, as well as the Rams and Dolphins.
Nordin was considered a solid pass catcher and one of the better blocking tight ends in the nation heading into his senior season. However, there were concerns over his speed as he turned in a pedestrian 4.93 40 time at his Pro Day. Nordin broke a leg and missed the end of his senior season. He is reportedly fully recovered from the injury.
|Northwestern defenders Marquice Cole (20) and Adam Kadela (43) keep Northern Illinois tight end Jake Nordin out of the end zone during the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)|
Biography: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a junior. Receiving totals were 14/159 last year when he missed five games with a broken ankle. Junior totals were 26/266/1.
Positive: Tough blocking tight end with good size. Quick off the snap, has a nasty attitude and looks to finish off opponents. Always looking for someone to hit. Can block in motion. Chips defenders and removes opponents from their angle of attack. Solid eye/hand coordination as a pass catcher.
Negative Marginal playing speed, not a downfield threat nor a wide out who can stretch the seam. Limited productivity catching the ball.
Final Analysis: One of the better blocking tight ends in the nation, Nordin may slip through the cracks because of his broken ankle. Possesses the tools to make it as a third tight end brought onto the field during short-yardage situations.