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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jordan Kerley, WR, SMU

Jordan Kerley is a reliable target in SMU's offense who exhibits solid athleticism and route running ability. Hula Bowl scout Ian McNice breaks down Samac as an NFL Prospect in his report.
Jordan Kerley is a reliable target in SMU’s offense who exhibits solid athleticism and route running ability. Hula Bowl scout Ian McNice breaks down Kerley as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Jordan Kerley #14
School (Code)SMU (TXMU)
DOB, Class YrN/A, rSr 
Height, Weight6010, 189 lbs 
40 Yd Dash4.49e
Honors/CaptainshipEarl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Honor Roll 
Season Viewed (yr)2022
Games WatchedOHCI, FLSO, LATU, TXNO 
Scout Name / DateIan McNice, 09/06/2023

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202210 GP, 7 GS, 52 TGT, 37 REC, 588 yds, 15.9 Y/R, 6 TD , 4 PR, -1 yd
20219 GP, 1 GS, 19 TGT, 12 REC, 197 yds, 16.4 Y/R, 4 TD, 7 PR, 61 yds, 8.7 Y/RET, 5 KR, 93 yds, 18.6 Y/RET
201913 GP, 12 TGT, 6 REC, 81 yds, 13.5 Y/R, 2 KR, 23 yds, 11.5 Y/RET

Player Summary:

Redshirt Senior from Austin, Texas. A 3 star recruit across all platforms who amassed 2,582 yds and 26 TD in his decorated high school career, also receiving first-team all district honors in 2017 and 2018. Played the 2019 season at AZST before transferring to TXMU. Solid height and marginal weight paired with solid AA. Plays with average lateral quickness, decent acceleration, solid COD, and adequate twitch. Solid speed release inside vs soft jam, he uses efficient footwork towards the hashes when getting out of his stance. Creates good separation on hooks, comebacks,  post curls with solid COD, while accelerating well through 9 routes, posts, and crossing patterns to get in advantageous position. Displays solid mental processing by diagnosing secondaries and attacking seams vs Cover 2 and 3, primarily working vertically. He has trustworthy hands, plays with good length extending away from his body to make catches consistently. Solid body control and awareness, he uses his body to keep the DB away from the ball in 50/50 situations and can make acrobatic adjustments to throws down the sideline. Adequate tracking balls thrown down the field, will make the play on a ball thrown to his inside shoulder, has trouble locating the ball when the QB places it over his back shoulder when moving vertically. Solid YAC ability, converts from receiver to runner smoothly playing with good vision after the catch. Marginal making defenders miss in space, below-average foot speed and fair footwork allow him to be tackled. Marginal strength shows up at the LOS when facing jam techniques as well as in the run game as a blocker. He struggles to get off the line when working an outside release, lacking hand fighting at the POA and extension with his arms leads to him being displaced towards the sideline by DB’s with adequate strength.       

Scheme Fit:

Slot in RPO heavy system

Power Statement

Kerley plays with trustworthy hands and can stretch the field vertically by understanding secondary looks. Marginal play strength and not being able to get off the LOS leads me to believe his future is in the slot, he also can attack soft spots underneath more often when aligned there.  


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