.NET Draft 2007: Meet Jordan Kent

Seattle hasn't had a big wideout in quite some time. Koren Robinson was their choice to fill that need a few years ago, but he fizzled out due to a drinking problem and he was let go. Joe Jurevicius played the role well, but left to go to the Cleveland Browns, his hometown team, after a productive 2005 season.

Hopefully, the Seahawks have found the heir apparent in former Oregon WR Jordan Kent.

The son of Ducks basketball coach Ernie Kent, Jordan is an outstanding athlete who only took up football two years ago after starring on the basketball court and in track in high school and then at Oregon.

He was a four-year letter winner in high school in both track and basketball, leading his track team to back-to-back state championships as a junior and then as a senior.

Kent is a big athlete, going 6-4, 220. He’s the first Oregon athlete ever to earn letters in three major sports in the same year and the first NCAA D-1 player to do it in four years. He’s a 25-foot long-jumper and he’s got above-average speed (10.41 100 meters) for a man his size.

As a football player, Kent is very raw. Many scouts have surmised that he will take a few years to learn his craft and get better as a route-runner, but if a team works with him and he puts for the necessary effort to learn (he’s a workout warrior), you could be looking at a star in few years.

Where Kent will really struggle is reading defenses. He’s rarely had to do that in his two years at Oregon and he got by on sheer athleticism when he did play. He also needs to get stronger.

Kent has worked hard on his strength, something that wasn’t required as much when he was a basketball player or track star. He will be susceptible to jams at the line of scrimmage and can be knocked of his route pretty easily and that will be exposed by the physical corners in the NFL.

However, if the Seahawks can give him a year or two, like they did with D.J. Hackett who missed time with injuries and needed to learn the complexities of the system, Kent could be a player that is a consistent downfield threat for them while also possessing the size and athleticism necessary to be a productive player across the middle.

The sky is the limit for Kent; it just depends on how he develops and the time he, and the team, is willing to put in.


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