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Ohio State’s Michael Jordan Could Be A Day One Starter For The Redskins

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft prospects who could contribute to the Redskins

NCAA Football: Indiana at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Jordan, OG/C
School: Ohio State | Conference: Big Ten
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6’6” / 312 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Alex Boone

College Statistics

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Player Overview

Teams looking to add a mauler to their interior offensive line may want to take a look at Michael Jordan. No...not that Michael Jordan. This Jordan was a four star recruit coming out of Plymouth High School in Canton, Michigan. He decided to accept an offer to play for the Buckeyes and immediately paid dividends for coach Urban Meyer. In 2016, his first year on campus, Jordan started at guard and was named a Freshmen All-American. He was the first Freshmen to start on Ohio State’s offensive line since Hall of Famer Orlando Pace in 1994. As a Sophomore, he remained at left guard and garnered First Team All-Big 10 honors. After teammate Billy Price left for the NFL, Jordan would slide over to play center for his Junior year. The move seemed to fit Jordan as he brought in AP All-American honors (third team) in 2018, while being the leader of a solid Buckeye o-line. He was also named to the All-Combine Team after his performance in front of scouts in Indianapolis.

Strengths

  • Ideal build for an IOL (especially in lower half), but has space to add more weight
  • Anchors well against bull rush and was rarely observed getting pushed back into the pocket
  • Gets solid initial push in the run game
  • Provides versatility for Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan as he excelled at both Guard and Center while at Ohio State
  • Pulls well for a linemen of his size
  • Still young, won’t be 22 until after the regular season

Weaknesses

  • At times he can be slow getting out of his stance
  • Pass protection is lacking, as is the case with most rookie linemen, but run protection is solid
  • Needs to be more active with his hands
  • He should improve his functional strength before doing battle with next level defensive linemen

Let’s See His Work

How He Would Fit The Redskins

At this juncture of the offseason, the Redskins lack a viable starting option at Left Guard. If you consider that the oft-injured Shawn Lauvao has manned that position for multiple seasons now, you could actually say that we have been lacking a true starter at the position for quite some time. It appears, hopefully, that Lauvao will not be returning for this upcoming season. Recently, the Skins inked Ereck Flowers to a deal with chatter that he may move inside from tackle to guard. Flowers is already seen as a reclamation project and might be better suited as just line depth. This means the team might finally look to the draft to select their next starting guard. Fortunately for the Skins, there are many options in this years draft to fill this mighty void.

Jordan could be exactly what the team is looking for in that he could start from day one and may not cost the team more than a third round pick to secure his services. He’s still young and has room to develop, but he has plenty of starting experience and valuable versatility should injuries start to pile up again. Grabbing him in the third would allow the team to address other needs with their first couple of selections, while still adding a starter in the process. Should he be on the board when the Skins are on the clock in the third, Bruce may want to pull the trigger on this guy. Stay tuned Skins fans.