After a spectacular freshman campaign, and a bit of a sophomore slump, Jordan Whitehead prepares for a new position. A return of productivity could land him in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.
College: Pitt #9
Position: Free Safety
40 Time: 4.57
- Competed in track and field in high school.
- Versatile player that can play on the offensive side of the ball.
- Sophomore season was somewhat of a regression. Whitehead admits to trying to do too much and not focusing on his assignment.
- Will move from boundary safety (run support, traditional strong safety duties) to field safety (used more in coverage).
- Look for more interceptions from Whitehead and less tackles in 2017.
- 2015: Freshman All-American, from multiple sources. ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. ACC Coaches Co-Rookie of the Year, and Defensive Rookie of the Year.
- 2016: All-ACC second team, coaches and media.
- Suffered broken arm in 2016 that left him out for the last three games. ESPN refused to replay it on air because it was so gruesome.
NFL Draft Board Breakdown
Jordan Whitehead needs to prove a lot in the 2017 season. Coming off of two incongruent years, a fantastic freshman year and a sophomore lull, Whitehead needs to put his true self on display in 2017.
Someone who comes out hot followed by an off year is harder to play for NFL scouts. Regression sinks the floor of the talent. A lower floor translates to greater risk for NFL scouts. After 109 total tackles in 2015, Whitehead only posted 65 inf 2016. Granted he played fewer games with his arm injury. Nevertheless, production per game dropped. Click here for his annual stats.
If Whitehead improved on his freshman season, he could have possibly reached a top ten draft choice. As it stands right now, Whitehead is looking at a lower first round draft choice placing.
But, a new position and return to productivity could place Whitehead more towards his ceiling than his floor in the draft.