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2018 NFL Draft Profile: Jordan Akins, TE, UCF

The former professional baseball player now takes aim at the NFL

NCAA Football: Maryland at Central Florida Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Akins - TE

  • HEIGHT: 6’3”
  • WEIGHT: 249 pounds
  • 40 YD DASH: N/A
  • BENCH PRESS: 24 reps
  • VERTICAL JUMP: 35”
  • BROAD JUMP: 122.0”
  • 3 CONE DRILL: 7.29 seconds
  • 20 YD SHUTTLE: 4.38 seconds
  • 2017 STATS: 32 rec, 515 yds, 16.1 avg, 4 td

Jordan Akins has an interesting story that lead him to this year’s NFL Draft. Akins was originally part of UCF’s 2010 recruiting class but elected to go play professional baseball instead after being drafted by the Texas Rangers. After 4 seasons in the minor leagues, Akins enrolled at UCF to pursue a new career in football.

Throughout his time at UCF, Akins served in a few different roles. He was originally a wide receiver and even the Knights’ kickoff returner at one point. Once Scott Frost and staff got to Orlando, they moved him out to tight end which paid off for both parties.

Having played receiver, you already know Akins is a threat as a pass catcher. He leaves UCF with 81 career catches for 1,149 yards and 8 touchdowns. Although he’s nearing 250 pounds now, you can watch the game film and see his receiver-like speed. He showed his quickness at UCF’s pro day even though he wasn’t 100% healthy. Akins also showed his strength by putting up 24 reps on the bench which would have lead tight ends who participated in the combine. His athleticism combined with his strength is what makes him such an intriguing prospect.

One big issue scouts have with Akins is his age. He will be a 26-year-old rookie since he spent 4 years playing professional baseball. The other area of concern is his blocking abilities. UCF’s offense wasn’t designed with a focus on tight ends blocking. That being said, he’s definitely improved having only played the position for 2 seasons.

Draft Projection: Rounds 5-6

Need more convincing? Check out this clip for the Senior Bowl showing Akins making a one-handed catch.