East IOL- Jordan McFadden, Clemson (6-2, 305)
Multi-year starters at premier programs tend to get the hype going into the NFL Draft, even when it’s not deserved, but Clemson’s Jordan McFadden remains one of the most under-appreciated prospects in the upcoming class.
McFadden started 39 games, played nearly 3,000 snaps, and was twice named all-conference in five years of suiting up for Dabo Swinney. So what gives? Well, he’s short for a tackle (he started at both left and right tackle for the Tigers), and that knock has hurt him.
To make up for his lack of size and length, McFadden has become a technician with his smooth feet, natural balance, and ability to bend and play with a strong base. His technique and athleticism have helped hide his shortcomings when dealing with ACC pass rushers.
He’s even better in the run game where he’s a natural mover in space that has no problem making reach blocks and climbing to the second level. That bodes well for his potential as a guard in a zone running scheme in the NFL.
The Shrine Bowl practices will be a big-time prove-it spot for McFadden to show he’s got the strength to move inside at the next level.