Sunday, February 23, 2014
Prospect receives advice from Bears DE Bass
By Michael C. Wright
INDIANAPOLIS -- As Reggie Jordan and a cousin in Huntsville, Ala. pushed furniture into storage, the Missouri Western tight end’s phone rang with a representative from the NFL scouting combine on the other end.
“They actually called because I didn’t respond to the email [invitation to the NFL combine],” Jordan said. “She sent it to the wrong address.”
Jordan made the necessary email correction and received official confirmation of the invitation. Coming from a small Division II school, Jordan was still skeptical. So he called former Griffons teammate David Bass, who just finished up a promising rookie campaign as a defensive end with the Chicago Bears.
“She sent me the email and confirmation, and I was like, ‘Oh, snap. This is amazing,’” Jordan said. “I called David Bass. I asked him if this is the same email and I forwarded to him. He was like, ‘Yeah, this is the email.’”
Jordan said he speaks with Bass often about what to expect as he participates at the NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in one of the major steps of the evaluation process leading up to May’s draft. A seventh-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2013, Bass wound up playing 12 games for the Bears and producing a sack, in addition to returning his first NFL interception 24 yards touchdown on Nov. 17 in a win over the Baltimore Ravens.
“He actually tried to explain the whole thing,” Jordan said. “You never get used to it until it actually comes upon you. I mean, he tried. But this is just a surreal experience now.”
It started when Jordan arrived in Indianapolis at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Jordan spent the entire day at the hospital undergoing combine medical evaluations, and left at approximately midnight. Then, at 4 a.m. on Thursday, Jordan hopped out of bed to take a combine drug test.
At 6-2 ½ and 240 pounds, Jordan projects as a longshot in the NFL. But Jordan certainly helped himself with solid performances Saturday during on-field drills. Jordan ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, 4.30-second 20-yard shuttle, and produced a time of 7.22 seconds in the three-cone drill.
Perhaps Jordan might receive an opportunity to join his former Missouri Western teammate Bass in Chicago, considering the club does have a need at the position. Jordan caught 52 passes for 679 yards and 17 touchdowns during his college career.
Chicago’s roster currently features three tight ends in Martellus Bennett, Fendi Onobun, and recent addition Zach Miller. Bennett and Miller are the only players on the roster with regular-season experience.
“I think I stretch the field well, catch out of my frame,” Jordan said. “I think my blocking is very good. [At Missouri Western] they had me moving all around. I played a little H-back, moved me to tight end, had me out in the flat.”