Kyle Pitts is one of the best players in the draft, but he seems to be the only tight end anyone is talking about. However, there is a player who is still very capable of being the “new age” tight end that teams everywhere are striving to find: Miami’s Brevin Jordan, who could be available to the Green Bay Packers in the third round.
Jordan was a four-star recruit out of the famed Bishop Gorman high school and was rated as the best tight end in the nation in the class of 2018. He helped lead Bishop Gorman to their ninth-straight state championship. He had offers practically everywhere and committed to Miami in 2018.
He was a Day 1 starter and made a significant impact in his freshman year, accounting for 287 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Jordan steadily got better every year, increasing his numbers his sophomore year despite playing with three different quarterbacks. In 2019 he accumulated 495 receiving yards and four touchdowns. If he could put up those numbers with the likes of Tate Martell, Jarren Williams, and N’Kosi Perry, imagine what he could do with Aaron Rodgers.
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Last year Miami landed transfer quarterback D’Eriq King, and it was the best thing to happen to Jordan. Finally, he had himself a capable quarterback.
Jordan and King carried the team to an 8-3 record. Jordan racked up 576 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on just 38 receptions. For perspective, Pitts had 770 yards and 12 touchdowns on 43 receptions, and Pitts played in an offense that was built entirely around him. On the other hand, Brevin was a complementary piece in an offense revolving around King’s athleticism.
The 6’3”, 247 lbs. tight end could shine in the league now that teams enable dynamic tight ends.
So, what could Jordan offer the Packers, a team that already is deep at tight end? Frankly, not much right away.
The Packers have both Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis, both of whom had great seasons last year and made a considerable impact in Rodgers’ MVP season. However, neither of them is necessarily a game-changing player. They will do what they need to do, but they won’t add that extra value that we see from the likes of Travis Kelce and Darren Waller.
While we all love him, Lewis is closer to 40 than 30 now and could experience a decrease in productivity with his age. Having Jordan learn from this duo would be very beneficial for him, giving him time to develop and hone his skillset. Remember, Jordan is only 20 years old. He has plenty of time to develop into an NFL tight end who can help revolutionize the Packers’ offense.
The idea of drafting a tight end again may make Packers fans wince; Green Bay has used a third-round pick on a tight end two years in a row. Jace Sternberger and Josiah Deguara aren’t necessarily busts, but they have made virtually no impact so far due to injuries. Drafting Jordan would not diminish their roles because they all could compete for the third tight end spot.
Jordan possesses the qualities to be a franchise tight end, but he needs to improve some aspects of his game. The biggest knock on Jordan is his blocking ability, which will hold him back from being selected higher. Luckily for him, Marcedes is one of the best blocking tight ends in the league. Allowing Jordan to sit behind an NFL vet and learn how to block could significantly sharpen that skill.
Every team is looking for that playmaker at tight end, and they are tough to find. It takes a unique talent to fill this role, and Jordan could be that player for the Packers.