Scouting Report: Jordan Todman
In today’s NFL, most teams use running back’s in a rotational way since it’s so hard for just one guy to carry the load for an extended period of time. In a way, this makes backs like Todman very valuable to NFL Teams. Todman is a smaller, shifty back with elite vision and quickness. He’ll find success in the NFL by being a change of pace back with big play potential.
As an inside runner, Todman isn’t the best. He needs to have more patience and wait for a hole to open before he runs into the backs of his blockers. He isn’t quite strong enough to break the arm tackles of bigger defensive lineman.
Todman excelled at making plays outside the hash marks at UConn. In fact, he probably took the ball outside a little too often and needs to learn how to cut back inside more often. He displays the quickness and vision necessary to be a great option as an outside runner.
Todman wasn’t used as a receiver very often in the UConn offense, but he is by no means a liability out of the backfield. His hands are less than ideal size for a back, but he’s still capable of catching with his hands and making plays down field.
Todman lost a key fumble in 2010 that cost the Huskies a game against Temple. He wasn’t prone to fumbles, but he needs to keep the ball high and tight on a more consistent basis.
Vision, Instincts & Awareness
From all of the backs I’ve seen in the 2011 draft, Todman has by far the best vision. He makes great decisions to gain every yard out of a play that he can. He has a great feel for his position on the field and the defenders position around him. His vision inside the tackles wasn’t always great, but there weren’t always holes to run through either.
Todman doesn’t break many tackles with his strength, but he is very elusive and decisive with his cuts and is dangerous in the open field. His lower body strength needs to be improved so he can break more tackles and fall forward more often.
Todman is quite raw in pass protection and seems to lunge at defenders a lot. He’s going to take some time to learn how to protect the QB in the NFL.
Todman’s leg drive and base are below average, and he isn’t going to gain many yards after contact. He’s more of a finesse runner. His balance in space is spectacular, but he tends to get tackled pretty easily.
odman was also a kick returner for UConn and will help as a returner in the NFL, adding to his value. He missed one game in 2010 due to an arm injury.
2010: Started 12 games (missed 1)
2009: Played in all 13 games (started 7)
2008: Played in 12 games (no starts, missed first 2 games)
Todman was a Sociology major at UConn.
Awards & Honors
2010: Big East Offensive Player of the Year. 1st team All-Big East. 1st team All-American (Rivals, Sporting News, ESPN). 2nd team All-American (AP, Walter Camp).
2009: 2nd team All-Big East.
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