2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut

by Cory J. Bonini on March 23, 2011 @ 04:15:06 PDT

 


Standout Connecticut running back Jordan Todman chose to bypass his senior season for the 2011 NFL Draft. The 2010 Big East Offensive Player of the Year, Todman is coming off his finest season with the Huskies.

In 12 games last year, Todman rushed for 1,695 yards (5.1 per carry) and 14 touchdowns. He added 19 receptions to give him a two-year total of 40 catches. In '09, Todman found the end zone 14 times and rushed for 1,188 yards.

Strengths

  • Speed (official 4.40-second 40-yard dash) 
  • Agility and balance
  • Excellent vision
  • Patient runner
  • Jordan Todman, draft prospect
    Will his size limit him?
    Thick frame despite height (5-foot-8 7/8, 203 pounds)
  • Strong lower body (38-inch vertical jump)
  • Powerful upper body (25 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press)
  • Experienced kickoff return man
  • Productive (28 total touchdowns the last two years)
  • Held up to at least 30 carries in six contests last season (five of his last six games)
  • Limited wear and tear on his body
  • Good hands out of the backfield - was occasionally lined up in the slot

Weaknesses

  • Bounces too many runs outside
  • Was used in a lot of unconventional plays at Connecticut
  • Raw pass blocker
  • Mild injury concern
  • Struggles to gain extra yardage after initial contact

Expected draft placement

Todman's size will probably result in a third-round selection in the draft, but he could very well be a steal even with that placement.

At that stage of the draft it is tough to predict which teams could be interested in him, but he reportedly met with the New England Patriots for dinner.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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