2017: Shoulder Surgery
2017: Wisconsin, 2018: Michigan, Michigan State, Washington
A physical specimen with a superior prototypical frame, length, and agility to match the size. His skill set is clearly tied to the fact that he's bigger, stronger, and longer than nearly all his opponents. Jordan is a dozer in the run game, a stonewaller in pass game, and simply needs the technique to match the physical attributes in order to reach his full potential.
Lower body mechanics, hand technique, and overall blocking skill sets will need quality offensive line coaching at the next level. His film is riddled with false steps and often lunges into his blocks with his shoulders too far forward. Jordan's 1st step is sluggish and he struggles against elite athletes at the snap. Across the board skillset refinement is required of the center if he hopes to continue to dominate in the NFL.
Michael Jordan is a blend of size, power, and near limitless potential. The tackle, turned guard, turned center is versatile enough to play all three positions. The ceiling is sky high with this prospect and teams will greatly value his versatility and raw intangibles. He’s still twenty-one years of age and didn’t allow a single sack in 2018 according to multiple sources. He may have a lot to learn but also a ton of room to grow. If given a coach that can teach the bad habits out of him and proper technique into him, not only could he be the best lineman in this draft class, but one of the best in the NFL. He’s likely a day three prospect with first-round upside.
Below average playing speed but moves effortlessly for how big he is. Slow accelerating from zero but impossible to slow down. Very impressive balance and body control comes from his wrestling background. Tight, high hips often play a factor in Michael losing the leverage battle. His knee bend and overall flexibility have room for improvement but it's more technique than physical limitation due to his size. His ability to adjust, redirect, and mirror his opponent is somewhat hindered by his massive frame but his length also allows him to lean heavily on his reach and wide steps to overcome his lower body mechanics. Lacks burst in his 1st step but rarely loses at the point of attack when engaging. He's both an immovable object and unstoppable force (if able to build momentum). He's an athletic big man who's adequate in all aspects of offensive line play and has started at center, guard, and tackle.
Big Play Ability
Movement off L.O.S.
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
Dominant when blocking head up and 1-on-1. Knows how to use his size and functional strength to overpower his opponents and drive them off the line of scrimmage. His power and movement off of the line is best showcased down near the goalline. Ohio State heavily relied on his ability to move bodies and create a crease in the interior. Jordan is a huge asset on 3rd/4th and short situations and can all but guarantee an RB yard or two gain running behind him. His lack of a quick 1st steps allows more athletic D-lineman to slip threw when zone blocking but typically does a good job of gaining body positioning and his hat across his opponent. Agile enough to pull across the line in both the run and pass. As a Buckeye, he was often assigned to block the edge rusher while his guard and tackle crashed the line. His lower body adjustment and ability to change targeting angles is reminiscent of a freight train. Michael relying on his length to extend his blocking radius and often settles for getting a hand on someone instead of applying punishment. Gets to the second level well and understands assignment location, blocking angles, and timing of a play. Lacks a powerful blow and his placement is occasionally too high but a strong grip and understanding of his reach is an advantage over nearly any opponent.
Will struggle at the next level against pass rushers with an elite 1st step. Tends to lose the initial body positioning battle getting out of stance but makes up for it with his ability to anchor. Has shown on several occasions an ability to slide to the edge and use his length to protect to the corner at all three positions. Sloppy and wild footwork that creates far too many false steps that result in loses to faints and speed moves but also a smooth kick slider who can cover a lot of ground with little effort. Because of Ohio States "Shotgun Heavy" offensive system, Michael Jordan often gave up 1-2 steps of ground before sealing the line and delivering a clean pocket for Haskins to throw from. The center didn't allow a single sack in 2018. Stonewalls and stalemates defenders with his burly tree trunks for legs. Somewhat slow reaction to delayed blitzes and stunts. Struggles to pick up speedy blitzers/rushers if given a step. Decent but inconsistent hand placement accuracy that'll need refinement. Uses his length to absorb the bull rush very well.
Ability to Combat Inside Move
Physically tough from an injury free standpoint but not necessarily a playing style. Started day one as a freshman at Ohio State and never missed a game due to injury. Tends to lack urgency at times during the game and his mechanics can be wildly inconsistent. Short burst power athlete, not a marathon type. Very productive on a strong offensive line and high output offensive but his limited in terms of what the scheme asked of him.
Limited film of Jordan showcasing natural offensive linemen instincts but several occasions of late reaction times on pick up attempts. Improved from year to year but mental errors were peppered into his game tape from time to time. At times, Jordan would settle and sit still when facing wide rushing D-line sets. Can double team and peel into the second level with fluidity in the run game.