As the NFL Draft approaches, former Iowa Hawkeye safety Jordan Bernstine is a player that is drawing a lot of attention as a rookie that could make an impact on special teams.
Bernstine was not invited to February’s NFL Combine but due to a strong performance during Iowa’s pro-day workouts, he has gotten the attention of scouts. Chad Reuter, of NFL.com, recently released a list of non-combine invitees whose stock is on the rise and one of those players he has listed is Jordan Bernstine. This is what Reuter had to say about the former Hawkeye safety:
Bernstine made an impression with big hits in the secondary his first year as a starter last fall, and he turned heads with an excellent pro day: 4.45-4.48 40-yard dashes, 41-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-7 broad jump, 4.31 short shuttle, 6.98 three-cone drill and 18 bench-press reps.
Bernstine came into Iowa as a top recruit out of Des Moines but his time on the field was limited because of a string of injuries throughout his collegiate career. He finally had his breakout season during his senior year in 2011, performing well on both defense and on special teams.
He recorded 83 tackles last season which gave him an average of 7.4 tackles per game which ranked 10th in the Big Ten. He also had a significant impact on special teams as well returning 30 kicks last season for 713 yards.
Jordan Bernstine is predicted to be a late round draft pick and the key for him to making a NFL roster next season as a rookie is to contribute on special teams. Here is what he said to Pro Interviews about playing on special teams in the NFL:
I think it will be a huge asset for me continuing my career. I like special teams and have played special teams my whole life, so it’s something that I feel comfortable with and I am eager to continue doing.
Bernstine showed last season the ability to make big hits and if he is able to do that next season on special teams then he will find himself on a NFL roster. If he is going to get drafted, it will most likely be in the sixth or seventh round but if he is not selected then he will certainly be signed as undrafted free agent.