As the Arizona Cardinals begin training camp, they bring in some new faces like WR DeAndre Hopkins and LT Kelvin Beachum. Even though they did address a few key positions this offseason, there are still some that leave question marks.
One of the biggest needs that the Cardinals still need to address is the tight end position. The Cardinals extended Maxx Williams to a two-year extension. However, outside of him, there is quite a bit of unproven talent and the Cardinals need a big-bodied guy that will really flourish in their offense.
The tight end position is arguably one of the toughest to learn in the NFL. It is a position where you have so many responsibilities and it takes a lot of skill. We have seen some teams go through several tight ends throughout the past few years, while others like the Cardinals are still struggling to find their answer at. If they can find one long-term, their offense would be even scarier than it already is.
Looking ahead into the 2021 NFL Draft, there are a few tight ends that the Cardinals could select early. One big name that stands out among others that would really help the Cardinals and give Kylar Murray another elite target is Miami TE Brevin Jordan.
Brevin Jordan-Tight End/Miami
Miami Hurricanes know how to utilize tight ends really well in their offense. Brevin Jordan is an absolute machine and not only does he have impressive speed, but he does a nice job of creating separation with his defenders. The 6-foot-3 and 235-pound tight end is another guy that uses his body to his advantage by trucking defenders that he sometimes makes look effortless. Another trait that really stands out among other 2021 tight end prospects is his yards after catch rating. In 2019, Jordan averaged 8.9 yards after the catch per reception. That is the most by any Power Five tight end with at least 45 targets, according to 24/7 Sports. Jordan also has elite hands. In 2019, he recorded 495 yards, two touchdowns and only one dropped pass. Brevin Jordan would be both a reliable and consistent weapon for Kylar Murray and the Cardinals would have another franchise cornerstone on their offense.
The biggest issue with Brevin Jordan is his blocking. There are times where he does a nice job staying square with his body and uses good technique. However, there are some plays where he will start too high and lose leverage, causing the defender to slip right through him. Overall, there are some good areas of his blocking and other areas he needs to work on. He just needs to stay consistent with it.
Brevin Jordan would be a huge addition to the Arizona Cardinals and would be the answer to their tight end concerns. As Jordan’s rise up the draft boards continues, the Cardinals’ franchise player at the tight end position still awaits.