Finding a diamond in the rough is the dream scenario for every NFL team in the draft. And there’s no reason to believe that Houston Texans rookie Brevin Jordan can’t turn out to be just that.
The 21-year-old former Miami tight end has the agility of a receiver in the body of a tight end. Jordan was selected in the fifth round and has a good chance of making an immediate impact on the Texans who have lacked a home run receiver in recent years.
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And Jordan is confident that he will be successful.
“My skills are perfect for the offensive,” said Jordan on Tuesday. “Tim Kelly is a genius with his offensive calling and he loves to move tight ends. So I think this is my kind of place to just be moved and create disparities.”
In three seasons in Florida, the versatile Jordan scored 1,358 yards and 13 touchdowns. But like every youngster, he has to develop and luckily has an experienced shoulder to lean on.
“Absolutely, Jordan Akins,” said Jordan. “I mean the guy, he’s a professional. He shows me how to get into a routine. He shows me many different ways to open up and learn to block. “
The 29-year-old former baseball player got off to a late start in the NFL at 26, and during his three seasons with the Texans, Akins became a solid starter and productive receiver after the catch.
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“Jordan is just a vet, man,” Jordan said of Akins. “He’s got the tools to be an all-pro tight end. The way he moves his head, the way he moves his hips, his shoulders, how persistent he gets off his routes, I mean “This guy’s a problem. He’s going to be a problem in the NFL for a long time.”
Akins may be a solid veteran, but one area he lacks is blocking. Jordan also has its protection problems, at least in the short term.
“Phew, blocking is tough in the NFL,” said Jordan. “This is probably the biggest adjustment I’ve had to deal with. I block guys like (Charles Omenihu) and, man, these guys are so big. They are so long. But I’m getting off the groove.”
Big guys aside, Jordan has the potential you could want in a rookie tight end, not to mention one that only costs Houston a late pick. And since Akins can learn from Akins and prepare until he’s ready to take the league by storm, it means the Texans may have finally found their long-term, home run tight end.
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