*Jordan Reed   Florida              Good athlete with natural movement skills. Has short-area burst with buildup acceleration. This TEA is not challenged on route release. Boasts natural receiving skills and route running ability to create separation from defender in tight and open space. Route tree knowledge will expand with NFL coaching (screens, dig, out, seam, checkdown). Soft hands to catch outside frame, and will get dirty to dive for balls. Good RAC (run after catch) skills with YAC (yards after contact) production to break arm tackles. Will need technique work on ball protection; waves outside frame when regaining balance or jumping over defenders. Inline blocker to combo and sift to second level; locates and attacks target with single and double arm bar production, but needs more consistent finish. Is competitive, but not a dominant inline blocker; will waste bend, lunge and chase defender. He is often pulled and jerked off balance due to his narrow base and upright positioning, and needs to show more consistent explosive play and finish. Softli – Second-round talent.

 

JORDAN REED

Tight End/H-Back/Quarterback

University of Florida Gators

#11

6:02.6-243

New London, Connecticut

New London High School

 

OVERVIEW

A frustrating end to what was his breakout season ended with Reed being benched for the Gators’ Sugar Bowl appearance vs. Louisville, as the tight end managed just one catch for seven yards. Shortly after the game, he joined teammates Shariff Floyd and Matt Elam in announcing that they were bypassing their senior seasons to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

 

“I’ve enjoyed four good years at Florida, but I feel that now is the right time to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL,” Reed said. “I appreciate the support from all the coaches and staff here, and I’ll always be a Gator.”

 

While his former head coach, Will Muschamp, no doubt wished his playmaking tight end would have returned to help the Gators next season, he acknowledged the undeniable potential his former players had shown this season.

 

“It’s been a dream for all three of these players to pursue a career in the NFL and now they are all getting a chance to realize that dream,” Muschamp said. “We are very thankful for their contributions to the Florida football program over the years and we wish them the very best of luck in the pursuit of their dreams.”

 

Having started the Gators’ first twelve games, Reed found himself on the bench in the post-season, after the coaches took action for what they deemed was a “poor attitude,” but the undersized tight end, who has favorably drawn comparisons to former Florida standout, Aaron Hernandez (New England), was often used as an in-line blocker and working in the slot, rather than taking advantage of his natural hands, acceleration and route running skills to line wide and stretch the field.

 

Reed still managed to lead the Gators with 45 receptions for 559 yards (12.42 ypc) and three touchdowns in 2012. In 36 games at the university, he pulled down 79 passes, the third-highest total by a Florida tight end. What makes those figures even more impressive is that the tight end position, until recent years with Aaron Hernandez, has never been a “staple” for the Florida offense.

 

Another fact that further impresses with those numbers is that he actually played the position for just 28 games, as his first six contests for the Gators came as a reserve quarterback. What he has accomplished in such a short time at a position where he underwent a “baptism under fire” is a testament to his sheer athletic skills and quick ability to adapt to his new environment.

 

Reed proved that he is much more effective when utilized in a variety of roles. While he lacks the “sand in his pants” to be a top-notch in-line blocker, when used in motion or out of the backfield as a running back, his sudden burst of speed will usually cause second level defenders to miss as he slips by and turns the corner. He has above average body control, balance and lateral quickness, making cat-like moves operating in space.

 

Reed possesses the second gear and stop-&-go crispness to set up and fool the defender once he challenges the deep secondary, where he is quite effective tracking the deep tosses over his outside shoulder. He is smooth and precise coming out of his breaks and is a savvy route runner with a nice array of moves and head fakes to slip through even the tiniest of creases for additional yards after the catch.

 

Reed also does a good job of locating the soft areas on the field, settling nicely while protecting the ball from attacking linebackers when working over the middle. He is just an adequate blocker, but willing to stalk, locate and cut when leading the way on sweeps and pulls. He is very adept at creating separation after the catch, due to quick moves and sharp footwork, along with the vision to immediately locate the cutback lanes.

 

Still, until Aaron Hernandez made it “vogue” to throw the ball to the tight ends, Florida has never been a team to embrace that offensive concept. Only ten Gators tight ends have ever been drafted by an NFL team. The first was Jim Yarbrough, taken with the 47th pick in the second round by Detroit in 1969. The only other Florida tight end to hear his name called in the first two rounds of the draft was Ben Troupe, by Tennessee in 2004.

 

In 1983, Chris Faulkner (fourth round by Dallas) and Mike Mularkey (ninth round by San Francisco) marked the first time Florida had two tight ends taken in the same draft. After that duo, it would not be until the 200 draft (Erron Kinney by Tennessee in the third round) that another Florida tight end would be selected.

 

Since Kinney, the league has reached out for Aaron Walker (fifth round, San Francisco, 2003), Troupe, Cornelius Ingram (by Philadelphia in the fifth round of the 2009 draft) and Hernandez. The only other Gator tight ends to be drafted were Alvin Darby (sixth round in 1976 by Seattle) and Jimmy Stephens (1977 12th round by Pittsburgh).

 

However, fame has been fleeting for University of Florida’s tight ends in the professional ranks. To date, none have earned All-Pro recognition or played in the Pro Bowl. The only notable performer to carry the Gators colors into a Super Bowl was Aaron Hernandez in 2012, with New England in Super Bowl XLVI.

 

Becoming a tight end was the furthest thing from Reed’s mind before he arrived on the University of Florida campus. During his playing days at New London High School, the Connecticut prospect was a finalist for the 2008 Joe Montana High School Quarterback of the Year Award. The three-year starter at that position for the Whalers, he led the team to an undefeated regular season record in 2007.

 

That season, Reed completed 122-of-222 passes for 1,706 yards and 28 touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions as a junior. He also rushed for 370 yards and eight touch-downs on 53 carries. Known for his great size (stood 6:03, 225 as a senior) and incredible arm strength, the passer was soon being chased by recruiters from Florida, Connecticut, Oregon, Boston College and Maryland.

 

Reed was rated the nation’s tenth-best dual-threat quarterback and the second-best prospect from the state of Connecticut by Rivals.com. He was also a member of the ESPNU Top 150 squad in 2008, as he not only proved to be an efficient passer, but averaged 8.82 yards per rushing attempt during his senior campaign.

 

Reed signed his national letter-of-intent to attend the University of Florida on August 5th, 2008 after being recruited by then Gators coaches Scott Loeffler and Steve Addazio. He would suit up for five games in 2009, but did not appear in any contests, retaining freshman eligibility.

 

In 2010, Reed missed the season opener vs. Miami (Oh.) due to a knee sprain, but would appear in twelve contests, starting three games at tight end before moving to quarter-back late in the schedule, where he would earn another start vs. Penn State in the Outback Bowl. He went on to complete 26-of-46 throws (56.52%) for 252 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, ranking fourth on the team with 328 yards and five scores on 77 carries (4.26 ypc). He also had one touchdown among his six catches for 79 yards.

 

The following season, Reed appeared in eleven games at tight end, starting ten contests in 2011. He missed two full games and parts of several others due to a nagging hamstring injury that he first suffered in the Gators’ second contest, vs. Alabama-Birmingham. He pulled down 28 passes for 307 yards (10.96 ypc) and two touchdowns, earning fourth-team All-Southeastern Conference accolades from Phil Steele.

 

As a junior, Reed emerged among the elite pass catchers at his position, as his 45 catches for 559 yards (12.43 ypc) and three touchdowns earned him All-Southeastern Conference

First-team honors from the Associated Press and second-team accolades from the league’s coaches. He also saw brief action on special teams, returning a kick 35 yards.

 

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT JORDAN REED

“The defense has to account for him. They have to know where he is at all times. Football is about mismatches and he is definitely a mismatch.”…Jeff Driskel, University of Florida quarterback

“He’s one of their big weapons. He’ll be playing in the NFL one day.”…Derek Dooley, ex- Tennessee Head Coach

“He’s developing tremendously. He’s learning. He’s doing a great job in the run game. He’s got good hands. He’s coming along, you know? He provides a big opportunity for us to be able to put him in a lot of spots.”…Brent Pease, UF offensive coordinator

“He looks like a perfect fit for the system of new offensive coordinator Brent Pease.”… Jason Lieser, The Palm Beach Post

“Jordan’s arrow has been pointed up for over a month now. […] On and off the field, every day Jordan with us has been pointing up. It makes it easier now because now you can coach him harder. I always coach people hard to start off with, but you can squeeze them more because when they have some success they’re willing to take even harder criticism and that makes them better. The harder you get on them without them going in the tank, the better off they play. Jordan has got a very high ceiling that hasn’t even come close to being reached yet.”…Charlie Weis, former UF offensive coordinator, in 2011

“Vertical passing game; he’s a guy that can stretch the field. He’s a guy that blocks well at the point of attack, but he’s also a guy you have to account for in the passing game, he’s an accomplished receiver.”…Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

CAREER NOTES

Reed started 26-of-36 games at the University of Florida – 25 as a tight end, one as a quarterback…Caught 79 passes for 945 yards (11.96 ypc) and six touchdowns…The only other Florida tight ends with more receptions during a career are Aaron Hernandez (111; 2007-09) and Kirk Kirkpatrick (82; 1987-90)…Gained 328 yards with five touchdowns on 77 carries (4.26 ypc) and scored 84 points…Recorded two solo tackles, gained 35 yards on a kickoff return and completed 26-of-47 passes (55.32%) for 252 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

 

2012 SEASON

A member of the Mackey Award Watch List, Reed was named All-Southeastern Conference first-team by the Associated Press and second-team by The NFL Draft Report and the league’s coaches…Received College Football Performance Award Tight End Weekly honors vs. vs. Tennessee and South Carolina…Started the team’s first twelve games, but was benched for the Gators’ Sugar Bowl appearance vs. Louisville…Led the team with a career-high 45 receptions for 559 yards (12.42 ypc( and three touchdowns, as he also had a 35-yard kickoff return (vs. South Carolina) and attempted one pass in the Louisiana-Lafayette clash…His 45 receptions were the most by a Florida tight end since Aaron Hernandez set the school position season-record with 68 catches in 2009…Had 62 passes targeted to him (caught 72.58%), as 23 of his grabs resulted in first downs, and 23 of his catches were for at least ten yards, including eleven for 20 yards or longer…In the Texas A&M clash, he gained 59 yards on five receptions, followed by another five grabs for 60 yards that included a 23-yard score, setting up another touchdown drive with a 20-yard

Snatch vs. Tennessee…Returned a kickoff 35 yards and totaled 44 yards on four catches that included 1 and 3-yard touchdowns vs. South Carolina…Generated 74 yards on five catches vs. Georgia and snatched five more tosses for a season-best 85 yards, recording a tackle on his own lost fumble vs. Georgia…Collected 54 yards on four grabs in the season finale vs. Florida State and came off the bench to close out his career with a 7-yard reception in a 33-23 loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.

 

2011 SEASON

Reed appeared in eleven games, as former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis handed the sophomore ten starting assignments at tight end, despite Reed having to deal with a lingering hamstring injury from the Gators’ second game, vs. Alabama-Birmingham, as the injury would force him to sit out vs. Tennessee and Kentucky …Still finished second on the team with 28 receptions for 307 yards (10.96 ypc) and a pair of touchdowns…Recorded first downs on seventeen of his catches, including five that converted third or fourth-down snaps…Led the team in catches vs. Alabama (five for 31 yards), Georgia (four for 69 yards and a touchdown), South Carolina (five for 62 yards) and Furman (four for 56 yards and a score)… Caught his first receiving touchdown of the season when he nabbed a 31-yard catch from John Brantley on a fourth-&-19 situation vs. the Bulldogs, which accounted for his season-long snatch…Recorded his second touchdown reception of the season and third of his career off of a 19-yard toss from John Brantley vs. Furman…After he tallied a season-high 69 yards receiving on four catches vs. Georgia, he earned College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week recognition.

 

2010 SEASON

Reed played in twelve games, sitting out the season opener vs. Miami University (Oh.) with a right knee injury…Started vs. Tennessee, Alabama and Louisiana State as a tight end/slot receiver, and vs. Penn State in the Outback bowl as a quarterback…Recorded six catches for 79 yards (13.17 ypc) and one touchdown…Gained 335 rushing yards on 77 attempts (4.26 ypc) that included five touchdowns…Completed 26-of-46 passes (56.25%) for 252 yards, three touchdowns and one interception…Saw action for the first time as a Gator and had a two-yard touchdown reception for his first career catch vs. South Florida in the fourth quarter to complete Florida’s scoring…Had one reception for 22 yards in his first-career start in Florida’s victory over Tennessee…Recorded his first-career rushing touchdown on a one-yard run vs. Louisiana State, as he also had one reception for 12 yards…In the Vanderbilt, Reed saw his first action as a quarterback, as he went 11-for-19 for 130 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed sixteen times for 84 yards and a score. He threw his first career touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, a 31-yard strike to Deonte Thompson…Completed 3-of-7 passes for 46 yards and one touchdown vs. South Carolina, adding eight runs for 12 yards and one reception for 15 yards…Hit on 2-of-3 attempts for 14 yards and a touchdown on a toss back to quarterback John Brantley vs. Appalachian State, as he also scored three times on eleven runs for 74 yards…Connected on two of his four passes for 12 yards and rushed 13 times for 74 yards in the Florida State clash…Rushed for a team-high 68 yards on 24 tries and completed eight of 13 passes for 60 yards in the Gators’ win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl.

 

2009 SEASON

Reed dressed for five games but did not see any game action, retaining freshman eligibility.

 

 

 

 

 

INJURY REPORT

2010 Season…Sat out the season opener vs. Miami (Oh.) on September 4th, due to a knee sprain suffered during August drills.

2011 Season…Left the Alabama-Birmingham game (9/10) in the second quarter with a hamstring strain that would also sideline him for the next two games vs. Tennessee and Kentucky.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.72 in the 40-yard dash…1.61 10-yard dash…2.62 20-yard dash…4.25 20-yard shuttle…

11.90 60-yard shuttle…6.86 three-cone drill…33-inch vertical jump…9’5” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times…255-pound bench press…475-pound squat…33-inch arm length…10-inch hands…76 ¾-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Reed attended New London (Ct.) High School, playing football for head coach Jack Cochrane… The three-year starter at quarterback for the Whalers, he led the team to an undefeated regular season record in 2007…That season, Reed completed 122-of-222 passes for 1,706 yards and 28 touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions as a junior…Also rushed for 370 yards and eight touch-downs on 53 carries…Finalist for the 2008 Joe Montana High School Quarterback of the Year Award…Rated the nation’s tenth-best dual-threat quarterback and the second-best prospect from the state of Connecticut by Rivals.com…Member of the ESPNU Top 150 squad in 2008, as he not only proved to be an efficient passer, but averaged 8.82 yards per rushing attempt during his senior year.

 

PERSONAL

Religion major…Reed has participated in several community service events through the Goodwill Gators program, including assembling and distributing food during Thanks-giving each of the past two years and a video game challenge with a local youth club…

Born 7/03/90 in New London, Connecticut.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

RECEIVING STATISTICS…R/PG indicates receptions per game…GM/AVG indicates average yards gained per game.
STATS GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2010 12 04  06      079 13.17  01    22  1.00      13.17
2011 11 10  28      307 10.96  02    31  2.55      27.91
2012 13 12  45      559 12.42  03    39  3.46      43.00
TOTAL 36 26  79      945 11.96  06    39  2.63      31.50

NOTE…Played in twelve games in 2010, but six were at quarterback…2010 R/PG and GM/AVG reflect just six-game averages as a receiver…Played in 36 games, but just 30 as a receiver…Final R/PG and GM/AVG reflect just his 30-game averages as a receiver.

 

RUSHING STATISTICS PASSING STATISTICS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD INT LONG
2010  77      328  4.26  05    22   46    25 56.52      252  03  01    31
2011  00      000  0.00  00    00   00    00 00.00      000  00  00    00
2012  00      000  0.00  00    00   01    00 00.00      000  00  00    00
TOTAL  77      328  4.26  05    22   47    25 55.32      252  03  01    31

 

KICKOFF RETURNS DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG TK SO AS FR FC
2010  00      000 00.00  00    00  01  01  00  00  00
2011  00      000 00.00  00    00  00  00  00  00  00
2012  01      035 35.00  00    35  01  01  00  00  00
TOTAL  01      035 35.00  00    35  02  02  00  00  00

 

REED GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

Tackles

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Bowling Green 09/01/12 Bowling Green 27-14

Yes

3

33

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 09/08/12 at Texas A&M 20-17

Yes

5

59

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/15/12 at Tennessee 37-20

Yes

5

60

1

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 09/22/12 Kentucky 38-0

Yes

3

41

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/06/12 LSU 14-6

Yes

3

30

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/13/12 at Vanderbilt 31-17

Yes

2

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 10/20/12 South Carolina 44-11

Yes

4

44

2

1

35

0

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 10/27/12 Georgia 9-17

Yes

5

74

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Missouri 11/03/12 Missouri 14-7

Yes

3

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

La.-Lafayette 11/10/12 La.-Lafayette 27-20

Yes

5

85

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jacksonville St. 11/17/12 Jacksonville St. 23-0

Yes

2

42

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida St. 11/24/12 at Florida St. 37-26

Yes

4

54

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Louisville 01/02/13 Louisville 23-33

Yes

1

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

45

559

3

1

35

0

3

18

0

1

0

0

0

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Fla. Atlantic 09/03/11 Fla. Atlantic 41-3

Yes

2

28

0

0

0

0

0

0

UAB 09/10/11 UAB 39-0

Yes

2

19

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/17/11 Tennessee 33-23

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 09/24/11 at Kentucky 48-10

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 10/01/11 Alabama 10-38

Yes

5

31

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/08/11 at LSU 11-41

Yes

2

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/15/11 at Auburn 6-17

Yes

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 10/29/11 Georgia 20-24

Yes

4

69

1

0

0

0

1

6

Vanderbilt 11/05/11 Vanderbilt 26-21

Yes

3

29

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/12/11 at South Carolina 12-17

Yes

5

62

0

0

0

0

0

0

Furman 11/19/11 Furman 54-32

Yes

4

56

1

0

0

0

1

6

Florida St. 11/26/11 Florida St. 7-21

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio St. 01/02/12 Ohio St. 24-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

28

307

2

0

0

0

2

12

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Passing

Total
Offense

Receiving

Pts

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

Att

Comp

Int

Yards

TD

Conv

Plays

Yds

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Miami (OH) 09/04/10 Miami (OH) 34-12

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Fla. 09/11/10 South Fla. 38-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

1

1

6

Tennessee 09/18/10 at Tennessee 31-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

22

0

0

0

Kentucky 09/25/10 Kentucky 48-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 10/02/10 at Alabama 6-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

17

0

0

0

LSU 10/09/10 LSU 29-33

Yes

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

12

0

1

6

Mississippi St. 10/16/10 MSU 7-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

11

0

0

0

Georgia 10/30/10 Georgia 34-31

Yes

3

19

0

19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

19

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 11/06/10 at Vanderbilt 55-14

Yes

16

92

8

84

1

19

11

1

120

1

0

35

204

0

0

0

1

6

South Carolina 11/13/10 South Carolina 14-36

Yes

8

22

10

12

0

7

3

0

46

1

0

15

58

1

15

0

0

0

Appalachian St. 11/20/10 APSU 48-10

Yes

11

71

0

71

3

3

2

0

14

1

0

14

85

0

0

0

3

18

Florida St. 11/27/10 at FSU 7-31

Yes

13

79

5

74

0

4

2

0

12

0

0

17

86

0

0

0

0

0

Penn St. 01/01/11 Penn St. 37-24

Yes

24

75

7

68

0

13

8

0

60

0

0

37

128

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

77

359

31

328

5

46

26

1

252

3

0

123

580

6

79

1

6

36

 

Data provided by Dave-Te Thomas, Publisher of The NFL Draft Reports for TonySoftli.com; Tony Softli Draft Board