Jordan Todman

Patriots looking to add speed on offense

Pre-draft workouts mean different things for different teams, but one team that isn’t afraid to tip their hand is the Patriots. Their draft visits are (surprisingly) often made public, and they often draft off the list of player’s they’ve visited with.

Among the players who worked out for and were lated drafted by the Patriots are Patrick Chung, Darius Butler, Tyrone McKenzie, Brandon Tate, Julian Edeman, Aaron Hernandez, Devin McCourty and Rob Gronkowski. And that’s from the past two drafts alone.

Kendall Hunter could be a 2nd-round option for the Patriots

So far this year I’ve found reports of 21 players that are visiting the Patriots, and there’s one common thread linking most of them: speed.

Among the speedsters that Patriots have shown an interest in are five running backs –  Ryan Williams, Derrick Locke, Kendall Hunter, Jordan Todman and Da’Rel Scott (who had the fast 40 time among running backs at the combine).

The Patriots have also shown an interest in some of this year’s faster receivers, including Torrey Smith, Jeremy Kerley, Cecil Shorts and Randall Cobb. They’ve also visited with Virgil Green, arguably the most athletic tight end in this year’s class.

With such a long list it’s tough to say who the Patriots are targeting at this point, but it’s clear that they’re putting a priority on adding athletes on offense. With four picks in the first two rounds, it’s safe to assume that Belichick will bring aboard at least one more weapon for Tom Brady.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, Patriots Comments Off

Jordan Todman scouting report

Jordan Todman RB Connecticut
Ht: 5’9″

Wt: 203

Strengths:
Small compact build makes him tough to bring down; does a nice job running through arm tackles. Decent speed; has the ability to bounce runs to the outside. Shows good vision. A patient runner. Experienced as a receiver out of the backfield.
Weaknesses:
Slightly undersized; few running backs with his build are capable of carrying the load in the NFL. Not a very powerful runner; he’ll break some tackles but he doesn’t really push the pile. Doesn’t pick up the tough yardage. Limited blocking ability.
Comments:
Todman isn’t an elite prospect, but he’s a solid option in the 3rd or 4th round. He has the potential to develop into a starter, but should be a solid backup at the very least. He’s the type of running back that rarely does anything to wow you, but he’s just solid in everything that he does.
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UConn RB Jordan Todman considering jump to NFL

UConn junior running back Jordan Todman has filed his paperwork to be evaluated by the NFL Draft advisory committee.

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 27: Jordan Todman  of the Connecticut Huskies carries the ball past the Cincinnati Bearcats defense on November 27, 2010 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Huskies defeated the Bearcats 38-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Jordan Todman could be an early entry

Todman isn’t an elite prospect, but it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to go pro. This is a weak class for running backs, and he could conceivably come off the board as high as the 3rd round.

He has the ability to immediately help a team as a backup running back and on special teams (he has experience returning kicks). He probably will never been a feature back in the NFL, but he has the speed and quickness to be a nice change-of-pace back.

Defensive tackle Kendall Reyes also filed his paperwork. Reyes is athletic, but slightly undersized, and it would be a mistake for him to leave school. Should he enter the draft, there is no guarantee that he would hear his name called.

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