Jordan McFadden 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Third-year starting offensive lineman for Tigers program
- Has played left and right tackle during that stretch of time
- He will turn 24 years old in November of his rookie season in 2023
- Scheme tendencies: High volume of RPO quick game to complement vertical shot plays. QB draw layer infused into the run game, which features mostly shotgun. Timing-based pass progressions.
- 2022 projected role: Starting LT
Pros: I have a great appreciation for the tone-setting style of play and demeanor that Jordan McFadden embodies on the front. He’s got chippiness to his game and good pop with his hands to jolt and generate displacement in the run game. His ability to climb and flow to the second level will allow him to interrupt backside flow when the run works away and he’s a good enough athlete to successfully attack inside shaded LBs in a 30 or a 40 alignment. McFadden has logged significant snaps on the edge at Clemson on both sides of the line of scrimmage and has arguably been the best lineman the Tigers have implemented over each of those seasons. Despite not having the biggest gravitational pull with his length, he’s consistently balanced in space and doesn’t lunge or overextend himself to try to get onto a body. If you like tenacious run blockers with stiff hands and the ability to reset the line of scrimmage in drive blocks and double teams, you’re going to find some enthusiasm for McFadden as a blocker.
Cons: Jordan McFadden, while a plus mover, wasn’t someone who I saw have high levels of mobility throughout his frame. He’s a bit shorter in stature and it appears to have him a bit more tightly wound rotationally through the trunk. With his frame, I don’t think he’ll see a lot of enthusiasm to play tackle, which muddies the projection as you look to find reps that will correlate to him playing inside. While he’s got the hand power, anchor, and tenacity to handle bigger bodies, it does become a question mark when you haven’t seen it snap to snap over a large sample size. I do feel as though there’s the profile of a starting-caliber player internally, but I’ll be watching for reps where he’s capped with a tight end and insulated as an “interior blocker” to pick out contextual reps for him moving forward.
Jordan McFadden NFL Draft Scouting Report by Kyle Crabbs