Jordan Wilkins

Mississippi
RB

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi
Hometown
Class
Cordova, TN
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
216 lbs
30 1/8”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.34
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Indianapolis
Colts
Round 5 ‧ Pick 32
40 Yard Dash
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Bench Press
16
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Vertical Jump
36.0
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Broad Jump
117.0
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20 Yd Shuttle
4.27
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Wilkins came into his senior season in a foul mood. He missed the entire 2016 season due to an academic suspension, partially due to an administrative foul-up. Then his school imposed a 2017 postseason ban in advance of an NCAA prohibition. Undaunted, Wilkins led the Rebels in rushing as a 12-game starter, covering 1,011 yards and scoring nine times on just 155 carries. He also caught 26 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. Wilkins' 6.5 yards-per-carry average finished second in the SEC, and he finished the year by racking up 110 yards and two scores against Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl win. In 2015, Wilkins started two of 13 games, finishing with 379 yards and four touchdowns on 72 totes (five catches for 75 yards). He had similar success as a redshirt freshman, playing in all 13 games and running 52 times for 361 yards and a score. Wilkins was a four-star recruit from Tennessee before signing with the Rebels as a three-time all-state pick, despite missing a large part of his senior season with a knee injury.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Aaron Jones
Overview
Finesse runner with good size and great agility with the lateral agility to elude tacklers in the open field and the speed to make them feel it. Wilkins lacks the aggressive running demeanor to take it to tacklers, but he does have moments of effectiveness along the interior thanks to his footwork and vision. Wilkins 12 carries against Alabama could be hard for teams to ignore as they look to project his NFL potential. He should find work as a solid backup with a shot at finding starter’s carries at some point.
Strengths
  • Checks the height, weight, and speed boxes
  • Hips swivel freely and is very agile
  • Able to access any side door he needs to for quick escapes
  • Plays with slasher qualities
  • Saw over 10 percent of his runs in 2017 go for 15-plus yards
  • Has sudden, one-cut ability with the juice to launch himself through line of scrimmage and into the open field
  • Feet are light and nimble
  • Runs with knee bend and good pad level
  • Excellent footwork in tight quarters
  • Has balance and vision to navigate fluid run lanes
  • Glides behind lead blockers allowing them to do their work
  • Wiggle makes him dangerous in space
  • Not much tread off his tires as a runner
  • Averaged 7.1 yards per carry against SEC competition including 101 against Alabama
Weaknesses
  • May have NFL size, but doesn't run like it
  • Much more flight than fight in his game
  • Averaged just 1.7 yards after contact
  • Slows into contact and doesn't finish behind his pads
  • Has moments of indecisiveness between the tackles
  • Plays with too much gear-shifting as a runner allowing run creases to muddy
  • Needs clear point of entry before committing to the cause
  • Tempo and pace can be inconsistent early in the carry
  • Pass protection was miserable against Mississippi State

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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