Scouting Report: Jordan Whitehead, FS, Pittsburgh

Aliquippa, PA | 5104 | 190 | 4.48E | 2019

Playmaking safety who brings a physical presence in the secondary with his aggressive, physical style of play. Was taking snaps at the field safety position (free) during Spring of 2017, moving from the boundary spot (strong) he has been accustomed to playing. In the Panthers defensive scheme, this would require him to have more coverage responsibilities. His versatility was on full display as a freshman, lining up in the backfield on offense, while showing off his run/catch abilities and breaking off some nice-looking runs against Notre Dame (also see Duke; Louisville). He plays much bigger than his size and can be an immediate difference maker for a contending team who may be a player away. As a sophomore, his season began with a meniscus injury and ended with an arm injury that cost him the final four games. He needs to prove that he can stay healthy. NFL scouts will also want to know why he was mysteriously benched for the Marshall game in 2016—head coach Pat Narduzzi offered little explanation for the move. His 109 tackles were the most by a freshman in school history but his tackles per game dropped from 8.4 to 7.2 the following season. “I just missed, he said of his decline in tackles. “That’s on me. It’s just a mistake. I’ll correct it this year coming up.”

2016: Selected All-ACC (second team) by the league’s coaches and media…played in and started nine contests…missed the final three games due to an injury sustained at Clemson (Nov. 12)…totaled 65 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, an interception and two PBUs on the year … averaged 10.9 yards per rush, totaling 98 yards on nine carries.

2015: Established himself as one of college football’s top newcomers with a decorated debut season…a consensus Freshman All-American who was honored by no fewer than six different selectors…named the ACC’s Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA)…became the first defensive player to be selected by ACSMA as the ACC Rookie of the Year since North Carolina cornerback Dre’ Bly in 1996…ACC coaches also named Whitehead the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

High School: Pennsylvania’s No. 1 overall prospect according to Rivals …was especially prolific as a senior…in his final season, totaled 35 touchdowns, scoring five different ways…scored TDs by rushing, receiving, interception return, kickoff return and punt return…average length of his TDs was 43.7 yards…rushed for 1,933 yards on 148 attempts (13.1 avg.)…had 24 receptions for 471 yards (19.6 avg.)…compiled 97 tackles and seven interceptions on defense…led Central Valley to a 15-1 record.

Personal: Jordan Tyler Whitehead, born 3/18/97, is the son of Gregory and Antonia Whitehead…has one brother and one sister…enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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