D’Jordan Strong 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Transferred to CCU in 20 after spending two years at Northeast Mississippi Community College
- Ranked as high as the 32nd-best prospect in the state of Mississippi for the Class of 2018 by Rivals
- Three-star recruit at cornerback in the Class of 2018 by Rivals
- Played through a fully torn labrum in 2020
- Scheme tendencies: Mixture of man and zone with half-turn alignment
- 2022 projected role: Starting outside CB
Pros: I love cornerbacks that play with swag and an attitude. D’Jordan Strong fits the mold for feisty and versatile cornerbacks. He’s experienced in man and zone coverages. He plays in a half-zone alignment with a cushion. He’s a reliable click-and-close defender from depth. He’s extremely tough—he played the 2020 season with a torn labrum and still picked off five passes and forced a fumble. He has good ball skills and is a threat to force turnovers when given the opportunity. He throws and lands a strong punch in bump-and-run technique to disrupt QB/WR timing. In zone, Strong displays good vision and patience to read the QB’s eyes before breaking on the football. He understands his landmarks and assignments in zone. He’s a big-time student of the game and has a high football IQ. In a 2021 interview with me, Strong discussed his study habits and preparation before a game, including how he had to alter his preparation to play the Zach Wilson-led BYU Cougars after a late-week schedule change.
Cons: D’Jordan Strong is an undersized cornerback that will be viewed as a slot-only NFL defender. The lack of arm length can present issues at the catch point versus bigger-bodied receivers. He can get stuck on stalk blocks. He saw a dip in his play in 2021 due to shoulder surgery keeping him out of workouts most of the offseason. He struggled to maintain consistent leverage when aligned in press this past season. Strong needs to showcase more willingness to engage in the run game. Though he is rumored to run in the 4.4s, I would like to see better recovery speed to chase the ball down.
D’Jordan Strong NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson