Jordan Akins

Central Florida
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Prospect Info

College
Central Florida
Hometown
Class
Atlanta, GA
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Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
249 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.21
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Houston
Texans
Round 3 ‧ Pick 34
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Akins signed with the Knights coming out of high school, but decided to try pro baseball instead. The Texas Rangers drafted him in the third round of the 2010 amateur draft. He struggled to make hay in four years in the minor leagues before finally enrolling at UCF in 2014. He played receiver in his first season, catching 12 passes for 135 yards. In 2015, he played three games before a torn ACL ended his year (14 receptions, 152 yards, two TD; six att., 149 yards on kickoff returns; two att., 15 yards on punt returns). While rehabbing his knee, Akins got stronger to move to tight end. The change paid off as he started seven of 13 games played, catching 23 balls for 347 yards and two scores in 2016. He took another step forward in 2017, garnering first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors for starting 12 games and catching 32 passes for 515 yards and four touchdowns for the undefeated Knights. Akins is 25 years old and has a one-year-old daughter that lives in Minnesota with his girlfriend in order to stay close to her family.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Akins has decent size, but flashes with his speed and ability to challenge man coverage down the field. Akins saw 43.7 percent of his catches go for 20-plus yards this season, but he also has the necessary talent with the ball in his hands to take a short throw and turn it into a first down. Akins is a move tight end with the ability to separate and create throwing windows, but he won't offer much as a blocker. Akins has the talent to hear his name called on Day 3, but being a 26-year old rookie could hurt him somewhat.
Strengths
  • Comes off the snap low and with good forward lean
  • Early acceleration into routes is impressive
  • Adjusts routes to prevent extended contact with re-routers
  • Good separation burst out of his breaks
  • Has speed to climb quickly over the top of linebackers and challenge down the field
  • Has speed to threaten on the third level and the wiggle to do damage after the catch underneath
  • Was run into big hits by his quarterback and got right back up
  • Former minor league outfielder with plus ball tracking talent
  • Natural pass catcher who snatches away from his body
Weaknesses
  • Routes need work
  • Fails to sell routes with aggressive fakes that move opponents
  • Needs to get better at stacking defenders on his hip and keeping them out of the catch
  • Inconsistent winning contested catches
  • Will be a 26-year old rookie
  • Flawed as a blocker
  • Waist-bender and head-ducker
  • Doesn't bring hands with him quickly enough into point of attack
  • Unable to withstand power on the edge
  • Not enough dog in his blocking to warrant true consideration as a combo tight end
Sources Tell Us

"That guy stood out to me at (Senior Bowl) practice. He got open against most of the players who were guarding him." - AFC area scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league