Photo of Jordan Sterns
Grade
4.99 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 196LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands

Overview

Sterns could have stayed in the Lone Star State for college as a four-star recruit, but chose to go to Stillwater instead. The Cowboys got an excellent player out of the deal, one who would lead the team in tackles three times, accumulating more than 100 stops (60 or more solo) each season. He played regularly as a reserve as a true freshman (13 tackles), then became a team leader in his sophomore year (103 tackles, 4.5 for loss, four pass break-ups, two blocked kicks). Sterns had 72 solo stops for the second straight year in 2015, receiving second-team All-Big 12 notice for his all-around play (108 total tackles, two interceptions). Once again he hit the century mark in tackles in a first-team All-Big 12 senior season, making 101 stops, 5.5 for loss, and set career highs with three interceptions and five pass break-ups.

Analysis

Strengths

Has adequate NFL size, but should be able to add more bulk if needed. Triggers fast against the run and had rare tackle production over a three-year run. Has ability to play robber spot and above average instincts give him a head start to challenge throws. Reads plant foot of quarterback on three-step drops and will jump slants. Tough and smart. A favorite of the coaching staff. Will go and get tackles on kick coverage unit.

Weaknesses

Average athlete who is a little stiff in his hips. Transitions are bulky. Slow in his pedal and not a natural pattern-matcher in man coverage. Thirsty in coverage and bites too readily on play-action and "sluggo" routes. Lacks long speed to recover when beaten. Lacks the range and athleticism to play centerfield. Box safety type, but isn't a commanding, physical presence.

Draft Projection

PFA

Sources Tell Us

"He's the type of player you want in your locker room. He has to prove he's the type of player you want on your sideline. Has to play up near the line. His instincts are nice, but you can't have him in space for very long." -- Regional scout for NFC East team

Bottom Line

Probably won't be a very strong tester from an athletic standpoint, but it will be hard to ignore his production and leadership. Strong pre-draft workouts could help his cause, but his initial opportunity to make a roster will probably come via special teams. Backup potential as a ceiling.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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