Sounds like a player the Falcon's might have interest in after round 1. Many of the backs today that are the best were not first rounders. If this player is similar to Ray Rice or other outstanding backs I wouldn't mind taking a chance on him.
Parting With Jordan
Posted By Shane P. Hallam
As the Bowl Season approaches, college underclassmen will begin to stick their toe in the icy waters of the NFL to see where their stock lies for the NFL Draft. Many of the surefire first round picks will petition the NFL Draft Advisory Board and instantly jump ship. Other mid to late round picks may not know exactly where NFL teams value their stock and use this as a barometer of whether to declare or not. One of the players who is investigating where his stock stands is the Big East’s leading rusher, Jordan Todman.
Todman is your typical college all-star who doesn’t fit the ideal NFL profile. Coming out of high school, he was viewed as a cornerback prospect rather than a runner, but found his place in Connecticut. Standing at only 5’9 and 193 pounds, he is a player who most NFL teams will write off as too small and not able to hold up in the NFL, but he has packed a punch to nearly every opposing team this season. He has run for 1,574 yards this season, averaging 5.21 yards a carry. His 14 touchdowns also leads the Huskies on the ground, transforming them into a rushing team. Without Todman, it is very likely UConn would not be in a BCS Bowl today. The first aspect of Todman’s game that everyone notices is his explosion out of the backfield and pure speed to outrun the competition. This should hold up in the NFL as Todman’s ability to hit the hole very quickly and move to the outside will be favored as a change of pace in the pros. His vision has also been one of his strengths, though he does tend to go off tackle more often than not, even on plays designed to run inside. Todman was only held under 100 yards twice this season (against Rutgers and South Florida,) running wild over opposing Big East teams. Todman can also be used as a receiving threat. Though he has only had 18 receptions this year, Todman definitely possesses the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. With an upcoming BCS Bowl against Oklahoma, he could help his stock even more with a big game there.
Though his size will stop Todman from going in the first round of any draft, he could follow fellow Big East runner Ray Rice by being a midround selection that has a real NFL future. The size and bulk are huge concerns, but with many teams opting to not have a featured runner and instead rely on multiple backs, they could value Todman as a very dangerous weapon coming out of the backfield. This might also be the year for Todman to declare considering it’s such a weak crop of running backs, which could potentially boost him into the second round range. Even if Todman returns, there is little doubt he will continue to be a big play threat in the Big East with a bright future at the next level.
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