Scouting Report: Jordan Todman

Written by Rob Engle on March 23, 2011



Jordan Todman

 

Position: RB School: Connecticut
Height: 5’8 7/8" Weight: 203 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.40
All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No

Draft Projection:

Third Round

 

Jordan Todman

Summary

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.

 

Inside Runner

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.

 

Outside Runner

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.

 

Receiving

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.

 

Jordan Todman

Ball Security

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.

 

Elusiveness/Tackle Breaking

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.

 

Pass Blocking

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.

 

Leg Drive

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.

 

Jordan Todman

Additional Information

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.

 

Production/Experience

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)

 

Academics

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.

 

 

Career Stats
Year Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards TD
2010 334 1695 5.1 66 14 19 94 0
2009 235 1188 5.1 58 14 21 185 0
2008 47 296 6.3 50 3 2 4 0

 

 


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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.