NAME: Jordan Ta’amu
SCHOOL: Ole Miss
JERSEY: No. 10
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 212 lbs
PROS: Compact, snappy release without a lot of wasted motion. Ball jumps off his hand, plenty of zip to test tight windows. Velocity to all levels of the field is excellent. Can drive the ball to the far hash without issue. Mechanics are mostly sound, especially when throwing from a clean platform. Good follow-through with trail foot to get maximum velocity on the ball.
Deep ball is gorgeous in flashes. Can drop dimes down the sideline, even from the far hash. Excellent combination of range and touch on his vertical throws. Consistently gives his receiver a chance to make a good play on the ball. Ball placement and accuracy to all levels of the field are typically good. Leads receivers into YAC in short-intermediate areas of the field.
Has to be more consistent, but there are absolutely instances of him working full-field progressions and staying composed when his first read is covered. Very good athlete on scrambles and designed runs. Fearless and tough, has the respect of his teammates and coaches. Will take a shot to pick up necessary yardage. Work ethic and poise as a competitor are heralded.
CONS: Managing pressure is a struggle. Pocket presence has improved this season, but will get happy feet at times and maneuver his way into trouble. Flashes of great progression work, but at other time will get skittish when his first read isn’t open. Hasn’t been accurate on the move. When asked to re-set his base, mechanics can get a little haywire, leading to off-target throws.
Smaller frame will give some teams pause. May not pass everyone’s size thresholds. Has had a number of passes batted down this season, usually due to staring down targets. Eye manipulation and ability to recognize coverages pre and post-snap will be one of the biggest areas for Ta’amu to improve in. Brings bees to honey too often and puts the ball in harm’s way. Although vertical throws are a strength, placement can still stand to improve.
Performance against high level competition has to improve. Worst games of 2018 season have come against LSU and Alabama. 2017 was much of the same once he took over as starter. Needs strong performances against Auburn, Texas A&M and Mississippi State to finish the season.