Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by JWLCASPER, Apr 27, 2018.
Texans Select 3.98 TE Jordan Akins UCF
Pasting from the draft thread:
Zierlein said that Akins stood out on film for his ability to get separation. If you're rating a TE based on the combined package of blocking and receiving, it's not a surprise he ranks low.
Hope he pans out... looks like there were better TE prospects left on the board
Gaine says #Texans feel like they filled positions of need (S, OL, TE) and selected best players available with their 3 third-round picks tonight. Didn't have to decide between one or the other on the draft board.
— Deepi Sidhu (@DeepSlant) April 28, 2018
GM Brian Gaine & HC Bill O'Brien now at podium.
"Tonight was a good night for the Houston Texans."
— Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) April 28, 2018
Pff likes him
Drew Dougherty ✔ @DoughertyDrew
O'Brien: we coached TE Jordan Akins in Sr Bowl. Like him a lot there. Excited we had an opportunity to go get him.
7:57 PM - Apr 27, 2018
I guess he has potential to develop more than most having spent so much time playing baseball.
How similiar to Anderson is he??
Akins was at the senior bowl. The Texans staff know exactly what they are getting here.
I like that the staff had a good look at him at the senior bowl. Rather have a known commodity than not.
Dang this dude is 26?
Joppru was at the Senior Bowl. The Texans staff know exactly what they are getting here.
Just a flashback from an old Texan fan.
Finally a TE that can get down the seam. Certainly would've liked Ian Thomas more. They worked with this guy, so I defer to them.
More of a receiver. Blocking needs work. Former WR and is considered a hybrid TE/Wideout. Good movement skills, soft hands, can catch the ball smootly in full stride, adjust for off target throws, effective on crossing routes. Did not work out at combine because of knee injury. 6’-3”, 245. We got a receiver not a blocker.
Sucking the life out of the party?
Gotta get a blocker later in the draft.
Honestly, with Watson and going to B.Ob “New Offense” which is Clemson’s “Old Offense” with more Inside zones to stay true to form, a blocking TE isn’t as necessary. A move TE / H Back is more prevalent for the run actions and play fakes.
Akins excelled in the flat off playaction and up the seam on playaction, both huge voids with teams scheming Watson. Good pick because we have Watson. With other QBs, ehhhhhh.
Just watched....Good athlete, fluid athlete.
I’ll predict that he’ll be different than any TE the Texans have ever fielded in that he has some run after catch potential.
He caught the ball and was able to make guys miss and get extra yardage.
They even threw him a couple bubble screens and let him go make a play. Looks like he’ll be able to attack all areas of the field.
Has anyone found a forty time?
ESPN: Akins, 25, pursued a professional baseball career after high school. He projects as a flex tight end with the skills to make an immediate impact as a situational receiver but needs to make strides as a blocker to play a bigger role.
Rotoworld: Texans selected UCF TE Jordan Akins with the No. 98 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Akins (6’3/249) will be a rare 26-year-old rookie after taking up football following a four-year minor-league career with the Texas Rangers. Akins played wideout and kickoff returner his first two years at UCF before converting to tight end and starting his final two seasons, graduating with a 79/1,093/13.8/8 career receiving line. Although Akins is a standout all-around athlete, his lack of college dominance at such an advanced age and well below-par blocking are significant red flags. Akins would do well to carve out a Richard Rodgers-like career.
CBS Sports: (B) They take a pass-catching tight end who will help Deshaun Watson. | Older prospect with plus athleticism and ability to catch the ball outside his frame. Yards-after-the-catch abilities are impressive. Split out tight end only in the NFL
SI: Jordan Akins | TE | UCF
Scouting Report: Akins is a quality athlete who won’t blow the doors off with his speed, but he has enough twitch, body control and natural feel to create separation. He gets off the line quickly and has enough speed to at least threaten up the seam, but he should be able to shake linebackers at the intermediate level. He’s a tough runner on shorter catch-and-run plays as well. He does little as a blocker and will essentially be a big slot receiver at the next level. He’s also 26 years old, and likely has little growth left as an athlete.
I like the pick
But having a good blocking TE that can go up and get the ball in the redzone is kind of a big thing to me.
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