Draft Capsule: TE Jordan Reed

Draft Capsule: TE Jordan Reed
March 10, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Mark Strotman

Jordan Reed (TE), Florida

6-3 | 236 lbs.

2012 stats:

45 receptions, 559 yards, 3 touchdowns

Projection:

3rd Round

Strengths:

Reed is a wide receiver trapped inside a tight end's body, and that's not a bad thing. He has excellent moves in the open field and can run after the catch, making him a nightmare in the flats and down the middle of the field for opposing defenses. He runs good routes and can find space to sit down in a zone. While he won't be drafted for his blocking skills, he doesn't shy away from contact, either. Has a similar skillset to New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez, something which should help his stock on draft day.

Weaknesses:

His ability to run after the catch and avoid tacklers comes at a cost, as Reed does not have a large enough frame to compete consistently at the NFL level. At 236 pounds he'll need to hit the weight room hard his rookie season to be a 16-game player. Most tight ends his size play around 250 pounds, so there's room for growth. He's relatively new to the position, playing quarterback in high school, and his hands could use improvement. Still, his athleticism and upside makes him an enticing pick for NFL teams.

Fit for Bears:

Tight end is a need for the Bears this offseason, and Reed could fit the bill. Phil Emery may choose to address the need via free agency, but either way Aaron Kromer needs an upgrade from Kellen Davis. Reed would be more like a Greg Olsen-type tight end than Davis or even Matt Spaeth are, but really Reed is built in the same mold of a Jermichael Finley, Rob Gronkowski, or fellow former Gator tight end Aaron Hernandez. If Chicago wants to become a more versatile passing offense down the seam, Reed could be a sneaky play as a receiving tight end. He doesn't project to contribute much, if at all, in the run game.