MICHAEL JORDAN KEY PIECE TO OVERALL BENGALS DRAFT

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The Cincinnati Bengals pulled Billy Price out of Ohio State in the 2018 NFL Draft. Saturday, they headed back to Columbus and picked up another top level offensive lineman in Michael Jordan. Here is a look at Jordan along with some exclusive video of the Canton, Michigan native from his prep days taking part in the The Opening Columbus Camp the spring of his junior year of high school.

HIGH SCHOOL

A multi-sport athlete out of Canton (MI) Plymouth High School, Michael Jordan was a raw but athletic prospect who played offense more like a defensive lineman. Scout.com four-star prospect who was also one of the top players in the state of Michigan. Selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Jordan held offers from Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and others but chose to leave his home state for Ohio State signing with the Buckeyes in the 2016 recruiting class.

JORDAN IN ACTION THE OPENING COLUMBUS

COLLEGE

Jordan enrolled early at Ohio State and worked his way into the starting line-up as a true freshman never looking back. Between 2016-2018 he played and started in all 41 games he appeared in. Was first true freshman to start on the Buckeyes offensive line since Orlando Pace did so in 1994. Played guard as a freshman and sophomore before moving to center this past season.

PRE DRAFT

Has the size and athletic ability to play right tackle, guard or center in the NFL. Played better at guard as a sophomore than he did this past season at center. Above average drive blocker with great feet and solid punch. Must continue to work on technique especially getting out of stance and getting hands in place along with his lateral movement.

EVALUATION

Honesty this is a great pick for the Bengals and should prove to be worth moving up in the draft to get a player we feel was hurt by moving to center to help his team this past season. Will rejoin former teammate Billy Price. If Jordan lines up at guard, the duo should pick up where they last left off bringing fluid play at the two positions.  Unless the Bengals experiment with Jordan at right tackle. While some may not feel Jordan can play on the right edge, we’ve been watching Jordan since high school and know he’s got the length, flexibility and athletic ability to be looked at.

FIRST STAR FOOTBALL REPORT DRAFT GRADE

A+

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Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for Scout.com from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (DaveBerkConsulting.com), a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.

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