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Prospect Profiles: Jordan Todman

JORDAN TODMAN, RB, UCONN

Triangle Numbers: 5-9, 203, 4.4

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Above average speed, can beat defenders to the corner… Very shifty, has quick feet and routinely makes the first man miss… Good change of direction ability, changes his running pace constantly, makes him tough to track down… Good vision, does a great job finding the hole and would excel in a zone blocking system… Patient runner, waits for his blockers… Great receiver out of the backfield, can line up in the slot and run routes… Versatility will appeal to a lot of teams looking for a playmaker on offense… Connecticut has put some good running backs into the NFL over the past couple years (Donald Brown, Andre Dixon)… Elite production, ran for 1695 yards and 14 TD and 2010 and eclipsed 80 yards in every contest… Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2010… Hard worker, came to UConn as a two-star cornerback recruit and developed into one of the top running backs in the country… Has experience returning kicks… Explosive lower body, led all running backs at the combine with a 10’6″ broad jump and had a 38″ vertical… Ran very well at the combine, a steady riser throughout the draft process.

Negatives: Rather small for an every down back… Not a great runner between the tackles, likes to bounce everything to the outside… Pass blocking ability is limited, lunges at defenders, doesn’t have the size to be very effective as a blocker… Missed one game in 2010 due to an arm injury… Likely nothing more than a situational back at the NFL level… Can get pushed backwards by defenders, has trouble getting extra yards when larger players get a hold of him… Seems to get tripped up by arm tackles more often than he should… Lower body appears weak, doesn’t have a solid base to work with, can get knocked off center.

National Football Post:

A shorter, undersized back who lacks ideal size, but has better overall girth through his base and thighs than his frame would indicate. Runs with good forward lean, keeps his pad level down, doesn’t give defenders much of an area to hit and plays a lot more physical than his frame would indicate. Isn’t afraid to dish out some violence into contact, will run with leverage, pump his legs and can push defenders backward on contact when they meet in the hole. Exhibits solid vision and a good initial burst when asked to press the hole. Is patient waiting for blocks to set up inside, is able to fit his way through small creases inside and really accelerates quickly into the open field. Has a bit of a second gear to his game and can create toward daylight. Isn’t overly explosive or dynamic, but has enough wiggle and burst to his game to create in space. Displays the speed to consistently reach the corner and runs with good footwork and balance, has the fluidity in his hips to cleanly side step defenders as a cutback runner and has some wiggle to his game inside as well. Isn’t overly shifty, but has enough to make a man miss, keep his balance and accelerate into daylight.

Isn’t overly physical and at times can be wrapped up easily around his lower half. Displays a willingness to block out of the backfield, but again isn’t overly physical and will have a tough time sticking through contact. Showcases a natural feel in the pass game and displays slightly above-average hands out of the backfield.

Impression: Does everything well, but just lacks the kind of size to be a consistent every-down back in the NFL. Runs with good forward lean, has a feel inside, some wiggle and runs bigger then he is. Looks like a very solid rotational back at the next level who will run hard and give you a solid day’s work every week.

FF Toolbox:

Even when Jordan Todman saw limited action as a true freshman in 2008, he was still an extremely productive player. Behind Donald Brown on the depth chart, Todman only got 47 carries on the year, but he took those 47 opportunities for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Todman was too explosive of an athlete to leave on the sidelines and he also handled some kickoff duties. That was a role he would play in 2009 as well, but as a sophomore Todman was part of the two headed rushing attack along with Andre Dixon. Todman ended his sophomore campaign by rushing for 1,188 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Without Dixon around, Todman was poised for a huge year in 2010 and he did not disappoint. In just 11 games, Todman rushed for a conference high 1,516 yards and 14 touchdowns. Despite his 5-9 frame, Todman carried the ball 302 times. As a result of his success, Todman won the Big East Offensive Player of the Year award and made a variety of All-American teams.

Todman is an interesting NFL prospect. He is a superb athlete who can run a sub 4.4 40. There will be concerns that he cannot carry the ball 20 to 25 times per game at the next level, but he can play other positions. Todman is more than capable of lining up wide as a receiver and getting his touches on kickoff returns. With a good showing at the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, Todman could get a ton of national attention and then it may be tough for him to turn down the NFL.

2/10 Update: Todman did not garner much attention as UConn struggled to hang in there with Oklahoma during the Fiesta Bowl. The Huskies’ two touchdowns came on an interception and a kick-off return. Thus, the offense was pretty much shut out. Todman still wanted to parlay his success in 2010 into a higher draft pick and opted to enter the draft early. He is still largely considered a third round prospect, but he has room to move up once he shows off his versatility and speed at the NFL Combine.

Even when Jordan Todman saw limited action as a true freshman in 2008, he was still an extremely productive player. Behind Donald Brown on the depth chart, Todman only got 47 carries on the year, but he took those 47 opportunities for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Todman was too explosive of an athlete to leave on the sidelines and he also handled some kickoff duties. That was a role he would play in 2009 as well, but as a sophomore Todman was part of the two headed rushing attack along with Andre Dixon. Todman ended his sophomore campaign by rushing for 1,188 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Without Dixon around, Todman was poised for a huge year in 2010 and he did not disappoint. In just 11 games, Todman rushed for a conference high 1,516 yards and 14 touchdowns. Despite his 5-9 frame, Todman carried the ball 302 times. As a result of his success, Todman won the Big East Offensive Player of the Year award and made a variety of All-American teams.

Todman is an interesting NFL prospect. He is a superb athlete who can run a sub 4.4 40. There will be concerns that he cannot carry the ball 20 to 25 times per game at the next level, but he can play other positions. Todman is more than capable of lining up wide as a receiver and getting his touches on kickoff returns. With a good showing at the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, Todman could get a ton of national attention and then it may be tough for him to turn down the NFL.

2/10 Update: Todman did not garner much attention as UConn struggled to hang in there with Oklahoma during the Fiesta Bowl. The Huskies’ two touchdowns came on an interception and a kick-off return. Thus, the offense was pretty much shut out. Todman still wanted to parlay his success in 2010 into a higher draft pick and opted to enter the draft early. He is still largely considered a third round prospect, but he has room to move up once he shows off his versatility and speed at the NFL Combine.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Jordan Todman is a scat back, change of pace guy who could be a third round pick. He’s not an every down pick; he’s too slim for that. He can’t really run in between the tackles. But, he’s great out of the backfield, can return kicks, and can make guys miss in the open field. He’s been mocked to the Giants many times. The Giants are not going to keep both Jacobs and Bradshaw. They will probably keep Bradshaw. While Bradsahw can certainly run in between the tackles, he’s better in space. Todman might not be the best complement. He’s strictly an outside runner who can do a lot of things to help you win a game. But, he won’t gain the hard yards necessary, won’t be good in short yard situations. The Giants will have to live with that. He’s a good player who could look good in a Giants uniform, but he does have limitations.

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