Jordan Poyer: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Oregon State CB

Matt Goldstein@mattgoldstein5Contributor IIApril 25, 2013

Jordan Poyer: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Oregon State CB

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    Secondary in trouble? Need a guy to solidify the defensive backfield? Look no further than Jordan Poyer. After a stellar career at Oregon State, Poyer will instantly improve any team that drafts him.

    Poyer has excellent coverage skills. He is able to excel in both man and zone defenses, his footwork is impressive and his hips are extremely fluid.

    These skills make up for his slight lack of athleticism, and they will likely propel him to be drafted in the third round.

    Think Poyer is a perfect fit for your team?

    Read on and find out more about the former Oregon State star.


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    Full Name: Jordan Poyer

    Birthday: April 25, 1991

    Hometown: Dallas, Oregon

    High School: Astoria

    Major: Elementary Education

    Year: Senior


    Born in Dallas, Oregon, Jordan Poyer was almost always known as a freak athlete.

    At Astoria High School, Poyer was constantly garnering attention for his success in athletics. He was a star in both baseball and football, and he helped lead his baseball team to a state championship as a freshman.

    Poyer then enlisted at Oregon State, where he's majoring in elementary education. 

    He is now entering the NFL draft after four great seasons at Oregon State.

    (All information courtesy of


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    2009: 13 games, 11 tackles

    2010: 12 games, 34 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 6 passes defended, 1 forced fumble

    2011: 12 games, 57 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 16 passes defended

    2012: 13 games, 51 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 interceptions,1 touchdown, 14 passes defended, 1 forced fumble

    At the onset of Jordan Poyer's Oregon State career, he was a safety who rarely saw the field as a defender. Instead, Poyer spend the majority of times on special teams, where he racked up 11 tackles.

    In his next season, Poyer switched to cornerback. The move proved to be brilliant. Poyer broke out his sophomore year, proving to be a stout run-defnder with developed coverage skills.

    Poyer's junior year, however, was just stellar. He proved to a be a force against the run, totaling an incredible 57 tackles. His four interceptions and 16 defended passes illustrate his premier pass-coverage ability, an area of his game that will be the main reason why he will be selected so highly in the upcoming draft.

    Poyer continued the success of his junior season in his final year at Oregon State, grabbing even more interceptions and proving to be an even better cornerback than originally thought.

    (All stats courtesy of

Draft Process

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    • Height: 6'0''
    • Weight: 191 pounds
    • Arm length: 31 3/4''
    • Hand size: 9 3/4''


    Combine Stats

    • 40 time: 4.54 seconds
    • Bench press: 8 reps
    • Vertical jump: 30.5"
    • Broad jump: 118"
    • 3-cone drill: 6.87 seconds
    • 20-yard shuttle: 4.18 seconds
    • 60-yard shuttle: 11.51 seconds (Fourth among safeties)


    Pro Day Results

    • Bench press: 11 reps
    • Vertical jump: 28.5 inches
    • Broad jump: 115 inches

    To put it frankly, Joran Poyer did not impress at the NFL combine or at his pro day.

    This, however, was expected. Poyer is not an athletic freak when compared to other NFL players. He is a skilled, intelligent cornerback who will rely on his developed skill set to succeed at the next level.

    Poyer, though, was certainly not disappointing at the combine. He had a very average performance, which is actually a blessing in disguise. If he turned out to be less athletic than scouts originally thought, his stock might have dropped dramatically.

    (All stats courtesy of and

Interesting Facts

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    Despite not being considered one now, Jordan Poyer was a terrific athlete in his high school days. He was a star on his high school's baseball and football teams. He was named the Oregon baseball player of the year, the Oregon offensive football player of the year as a quarterback and the Oregon defensive football player of the year.

    Poyer was such an incredible baseball player that he was just one of nine players honored as an American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings High School Gold Glove award winner.

    Poyer, also, was drafted by the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins) in the MLB draft, but he decided to pursue his football career instead.

    Like Poyer, his family has had a long career of athletic success. His father played tight end at Eastern New Mexico, his mother played softball at Oregon State and his grandfather played basketball at Oregon State.

    While Poyer's resume is nearly perfect, he was arrested for attempting to sneak into a nightclub that he was banned from attending. NFL teams, however, should not place too much weight on this isolated incident.

    (All information courtesy of, and


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    Observations from around the web on Jordan Poyer...


    Smooth athlete with solid overall size. Has fluid hips to turn and run with receivers and quick feet to undercut an out route. Intelligent corner, who transitions smoothly out of his back pedal. Solid hands for the interception, extends to grab passes in front of receivers. Fights for 50/50 balls, competes even when he doesn’t have great position against a larger receiver. Aggressive, will attack in the run game. Brings some pop into tackles when able to line up his target. Experience as both a man and zone corner. Willing to take the ball straight upfield as a returner and has enough speed to break it with good blocking.

    These observations from prove exactly why Jordan Poyer is such a highly valued prospect. His athleticism and fluid hips make him a terror in coverage. His ability to play in both man and zone makes him versatile and dependable.


    Weaknesses: Leaner frame with limited bulk, probably will never be able to gain 190+ pounds. Not a quick-twitch athlete and lacks natural explosion. Plays too far off the line of scrimmage to protect against speed, allowing too much of a cushion and conceding underneath throws.

    Tends to bite on fakes and gets overaggressive at times. Streaky tackler and often lowers his head and whiffs in the open field. Can get caught with his eyes in the backfield too much and struggles to recover after false steps. Reliable return man, but not a dynamic performer in this area. Some minor character concerns after an arrest last May for a bar fight.

    While Poyer is still a very sought-after prospect, these weaknesses here are what are keeping him out of the second round, most likely. His inconsistency as a tackler makes him prone to giving up big plays, as does his tendency to bite on play-action fakes.