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Jordan Najvar NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Sep 15, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears tight end Jordan Najvar (18) scores a touchdown against the Sam Houston State Bearkats during the third quarter at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Bearkats 43-28. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

Jordan Najvar, TE, Baylor (HT: 6'5⅞", WT: 256 lbs)

 

 

NFL Comparison: Ben Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmsHands
605725632 1/4"10"
NFL.com
Combine Workout
40-Yard DashBench PressVerticalBroad Jump3-Cone DrillShuttle
4.931832.59'4"7.144.47
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Positives

  • Elite height and good overall bulk. 
  • Strong enough to hold his ground as a blocker. 
  • Leaping ability is only average, but coupled with his height he has potential to be a weapon in jump-ball situations. 
  • Demonstrated reliable hands with solid fundamentals on his limited opportunities. 
  • Good all-around athleticism, coupled with his height and long arms, gives him a huge catch radius. 
  • Ability to get to the second level and block on the move made him an extremely valuable asset to Baylor's running game. 
  • Shows good mobility as a blocker and is capable of hitting his assignments on the move. 
  • Has experience lining up as an in-line tight end and also as an H-back in Baylor's offense. 
  • Does a nice job setting up as a blocker off the snap and sliding off into a delayed route. 
  • A tough runner after the catch who will lower his shoulder and break some tackles. 
  • Performed well at the Shrine Game, showing he has the tools to play a more expanded role in an offense than he did at Baylor.
  • Intelligent player on and off the field.

Negatives

  • Played a very specific role in Baylor's offense, only running a handful of routes on plays specifically designed to get him the ball in space close to the line of scrimmage. 
  • Lacks the speed to break free down the field and has very little experience running intermediate and deep routes. 
  • Rarely had to compete in traffic for his receptions.
  • Not much of a threat after the catch—lacks the speed to pick up much yardage and will get caught from behind.
  • Pass protection would benefit from improved leg strength to help him anchor against stronger bull-rushers at the next level. 
  • Played in a gimmicky offense and doesn't have a ton of experience as a true in-line tight end. 
  • Struggles to stay low as a blocker, and also tends to lunge and fall off balance at times. 
  • Missed time with a leg injury early in 2013 season.
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2011Baylor151469.72
2012Baylor10808.02
2013Baylor10858.50
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Personal Notes

  • Transferred from Stanford after his redshirt freshman year. 
  • Three-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection. 
  • Academic All-Big 12 in 2012 and 2013. 
  • Last name is pronounced niver (rhymes with diver).

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Najvar's role in Baylor's offense doesn't really exist in the NFL, at least not in a full-time capacity. While he doesn't stand out in any one area, he's well-rounded and should be able to be used situationally to create mismatches.

His blend of size and modest athleticism makes him an ideal second option at tight end because he can be used to block but is also capable of sliding off the line and turning himself into a quality possession receiver. His route running will need to be developed, but he has potential as a weapon in the red zone. 

 

Draft Projection: 7th Round

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