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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Layton Jordan, OLB, Temple

Layton Jordan, LB, Temple
Layton Jordan is a playmaker for Temple that has a nose for the football. Ryan Vidales of the Hula Bowl breaks down the film for the star backer.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Layton Jordan, #13
School (Code)PATE
DOB, Class YrN/A, Graduate Student
Height, Weight6020e, 220e
40 Yd Dash4.73e
Position/DepthOLB, #1
Honors/Captainship2022 Second Team All-AAC
Season Viewed (yr)2022
Games Watched@NCDU, OHCI, @FLCE, FLSO
Scout Name / DateRyan Vidales 9/13/23

Per Year Stats

20232 GP, 3 Tkls, 1.0 TFL, 1 FF
202212 GP, 53 Tkls, 18.5 TFL, 9.0 Sks, 2 INT, 3 FF, 1 FR, 1 PBU
202111 GP, 18 Tkls, 5.5 TFL, 1.0 Sk, 2 FF
20207 GP, 4 Tkls
201912 GP, 4 Tkls, 1.0 TFL, 1.0 Sk, 1 FF

Player Summary:

Undersized JACK Linebacker with a slim, wiry frame and a slight lower half. His growth potential is unclear, which leads to some concern about his maximum size and build. Boasts intriguing initial quickness and a sudden first step off the ball. Exhibits proficient athletic ability as a speed rusher from the 7 and 9 techniques. Fluid ankle/knee flexibility provides him with excellent leverage & pad level to bend the edge and run the arc at a high level. He works quick hands to keep offensive tackles from getting inside his frame while pressuring the quarterback. Solid lateral agility and foot speed to stunt/twist into interior gaps from the edge. Questionable pass-rush upside due to a lack of a diverse set of pass-rush moves and below-average play strength at the POA. Will bull rush a running back in the pass pro but does not have the knock-back or power to move offensive tackles off the spot. Also, he must improve his ability to time a snap count to avoid committing unforced errors at the next level. Quality straight-line speed and range to pursue the ball from sideline to sideline. Also possesses swift acceleration/burst and capable read & react ability. Sheds blocks well when engaged at the POA in the second level. Secure, physical tackler with high-contact courage in the backfield and open space. Displays adequate coverage ability from OLB and EDGE alignments. Drops to his zone efficiently with smooth mobility and great instincts but tends to lose track of his zone responsibilities when covering out-breaking, intermediate concepts towards the boundary. Flashes strong ball skills and sneaky playmaking ability when positioned to make a play on the ball. Experienced special teamer with the speed and athleticism to make an impact on kickoff and punt coverage.

Scheme Fit:

3-4 JACK or 4-3 WILL

Power Statement:

Jordan is a slender, athletic, and bendy speed rusher with notable initial quickness and lower-body elasticity to beat defenders to the spot. Undersized OLB/DE hybrid who has a low ceiling as a power rusher, but compensates with a constant motor, decent coverage skills, and compelling TFL & sack production.

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