Isn't afraid to dish out some violence into contact, will run with leverage, pump his legs and can push defenders backward on contact when they meet in the hole. Exhibits solid vision and a good initial burst when asked to press the hole.
Is patient waiting for blocks to set up inside, is able to fit his way through small creases inside and really accelerates quickly into the open field. Has a bit of a second gear to his game and can create toward daylight. Isn't overly explosive or dynamic, but has enough wiggle and burst to his game to create in space.
Displays the speed to consistently reach the corner and runs with good footwork and balance, has the fluidity in his hips to cleanly side step defenders as a cutback runner and has some wiggle to his game inside as well. Isn't overly shifty, but has enough to make a man miss, keep his balance and accelerate into daylight.
Isn't overly physical and at times can be wrapped up easily around his lower half. Displays a willingness to block out of the backfield, but again isn't overly physical and will have a tough time sticking through contact. Showcases a natural feel in the pass game and displays slightly above-average hands out of the backfield.
Impression: Does everything well, but just lacks the kind of size to be a consistent every-down back in the NFL. Runs with good forward lean, has a feel inside, some wiggle and runs bigger then he is. Looks like a very solid rotational back at the next level who will run hard and give you a solid day's work every week."
Positive: Elusive, creative runner who has good quickness. Patiently waits for blocks develop, picks his way on the inside, and makes defenders miss at the line of scrimmage or in the open field. Runs low to the ground and displays outstanding balance and the ability to quickly change direction without losing momentum. Displays a burst through the hole, keeps his feet moving up the field, and stays in bounds trying to pick up as much yardage as possible. Possesses the speed to turn the corner and quickly turns up the field when available. Is a solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: Not a strong back and easily brought down by the first defender or stopped dead in his tracks. Must give better effort as a blocker.
Analysis: Todman has proven to be an outstanding college runner the past two seasons and almost always picks up positive yardage. He lacks the size to be a featured runner at the next level but should be effective as a third-down back or situational ball carrier."
Positives: Above average speed, can beat defenders to the corner... Very shifty, has quick feet and routintely makes the first man miss... Good change of direction ability, changes his running pace constantly, makes him tough to track down... Good vision, does a great job finding the hole and would excel in a zone blocking system... Patient runner, waits for his blockers... Great receiver out of the backfield, can line up in the slot and run routes... Versatility will appeal to a lot of teams looking for a playmaker on offense... Connecticut has put some good running backs into the NFL over the past couple years (Donald Brown, Andre Dixon)... Elite production, ran for 1695 yards and 14 TD and 2010 and eclipsed 80 yards in every contest... Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2010... Hard worker, came to UConn as a two-star cornerback recruit and developed into one of the top running backs in the country... Has experience returning kicks.
Negatives: Small, doesn't have a great frame, needs to add bulk... Not a great runner between the tackles, likes to bounce everything to the outside... Pass blocking ability is limited, lunges at defenders, doesn't have the size to be very effective as a blocker... Missed one game in 2010 due to an arm injury... Likely nothing more than a situational back at the NFL level... Can get pushed backwards by defenders, has trouble getting extra yards when larger players get a hold of him... Seems to get tripped up by arm tackles more often than he should... Lower body appears weak, doesn't have a solid base to work with, can get knocked off center.
Weaknesses: Lacks elite breakaway speed. Legs sometimes do go dead on contacts. Lacks elite vision and will run into pileups. Average ball security placement, average hands. Rarely makes his own holes. Left elbow has had some real trouble, be sure to check it out.
Projection: Could go as high as the third round if he performs well at a combine or pro day."
Todman ended his sophomore campaign by rushing for 1,188 yards and 14 touchdowns. Without Dixon around, Todman was poised for a huge year in 2010 and he did not disappoint. In just 11 games, Todman rushed for a conference high 1,516 yards and 14 touchdowns. Despite his 5-9 frame, Todman carried the ball 302 times. As a result of his success, Todman won the Big East Offensive Player of the Year award and made a variety of All-American teams.
Todman is an interesting NFL prospect. He is a superb athlete who can run a sub 4.4 40. There will be concerns that he cannot carry the ball 20 to 25 times per game at the next level, but he can play other positions. Todman is more than capable of lining up wide as a receiver and getting his touches on kickoff returns. With a good showing at the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, Todman could get a ton of national attention and than it may be tough for him to turn down the NFL. "
Jordan Todman hits all the marks, in my book, and with high grades: He's got an excellent initial Burst, and his best attribute is that he's got a very strong Core, which allows him to run low, and run with Power. He runs with Vision and Patience, and he's an excellent Navigator. He's got the Speed to hit the Corner, the Fluidity to Work the Field, and the Power to Move The Chains.
He's a decent Blocker and a very good Receiver.
In my efforts to organize RB's by their strengths, I've invented the terms "Smashers", "Slashers", + "Thrashers" as what I hope will be easy references, respectively, to Power Backs, 3rd Down Backs, and Hybrids.
Jordan Todman has the Size + Speed of a Slasher ~ a 3rd Down/Perimeter type of Runner ~ and I'll categorize him as such, but let the record show that his Repertoire is robust enough to allow him to do a LOT of work Between the Tackles, which makes him a very dangerous threat, indeed.
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