2018 NFL Draft Preview: Jordan Whitehead

2018 NFL Mock Draft

Safety #9
Junior 5’11” 190

Jordan Whitehead has the potential to be a surprise riser in the 2018 NFL Draft as a defensive back out of Pittsburgh.

Jordan Whitehead is entering a very pivotal junior season. After a dominating freshman campaign where he earned Freshman All-American honors, he had an underwhelming sophomore year partly due to a broken arm which caused him to miss three games at the end of the year. Nevertheless, his productivity dipped in his second year with the Panthers. As of right now, his NFL Draft stock ranges from late first rounder to early second round. His stock took a pretty big hit after last year as he was a top 15 prospect after his impressive first year. He’ll need to bounce back in 2017 in order to regain the status of top tier talent.

Whitehead is very versatile on the field and can be utilized all over the place including on offense. He can tackle and cover in the secondary. He is making a little position switch heading into this year and will now play more of a cover safety on the back end rather than down in the box in hopes of regaining his 2015 form.

Whitehead has the ability to be a game-changing safety but needs to improve on focusing on doing his job and trusting his teammates to do theirs. Trying to do too much can have a negative effect and that may be the reason for his sophomore slump. His potential is through the roof but his floor seems fairly low as well. If he can show that he can bounce back and return to his 2015 form then he will be one of the hottest prospects heading into the 2018 NFL Draft.


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