By: Steve Johnson
Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Ole Miss
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2015: (New Mexico Military Institute)
2016:(New Mexico Military Institute)
2017: 7 games. 115/173 for 1682 yards. 11 TD, 4 int
History: From Pearl City, Hawaii, he attended Pearl City High School. He led his high school to back to back D2 Title Games, was named All-State and Division 2 Offensive Player of the year. In Hawaii, Division 2 doesn’t get the same exposure, so he received zero Division 1 offers and chose to go to New Mexico Military Institute. Received only two Power-Five offers after NMMI (Minnesota being the other).
Strengths: Good, not great size. Quick release, has the ability to pull the ball and get it out quick on read options. Has the velo to put the ball into tight windows. Can rip it on bubble screens to get the ball into his playmakers hands ASAP. Good mechanics. Good athlete who can buy time with his legs. Good ball carrier vision. Has been used in designed runs. Good Leader
Weaknesses: Not ideal size, on the shorter side. Decision making is still a question mark, especially when hurried. Leaves his receivers out to dry too often on crossing routes. Still has a ways to go with pre snap reads. Needs to do a better job manipulating his eyes. Wasn’t asked to make more than one post snap read very often.
Overview: Ta’amu is quite the interesting prospect to grade because he wasn’t recruited at all coming out of high school and only received 2 P5 offers after 2 seasons in JUCO. He lacks the ideal size most teams look for, but he still checks the box there. He’s got good arm strength and a quick compact release, and is a good athlete that offers scrambling ability. He is still a project but would be worth an early day 3 pick.
Draft Projection: 5th Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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