Jordan Travis’ Draft Profile | Florida State, QB Scouting Report

Can Florida State's Jordan Travis compete to be one of the top QBs selected in the 2024 NFL Draft? His scouting report provides optimism on that front.

The growth of Florida State Seminoles QB Jordan Travis has been a sight to behold over the past three years — but has he grown enough to secure a selection in the 2024 NFL Draft? Here, we’ll go through Travis’ full scouting report and discuss his grade and projection at the NFL level.

Jordan Travis Draft Profile and Measurements

  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 212
  • Position: Quarterback
  • School: Florida State
  • Current Year: Redshirt Senior

As recent as four years ago, few would believe that Travis would ever find himself as a likely 2024 NFL Draft pick. He started his career at Louisville in 2018 as a three-star recruit with little fanfare.

A year later, Travis transferred to Florida State with even less fanfare. In fact, at one point, he was encouraged to switch from QB to WR.

However, when Mike Norvell arrived in Tallahassee in 2020, he allowed Travis to take his lumps as a passer and build his confidence. Over time, that proved to be a very fruitful gambit.

Travis has always been a dangerous rushing threat, with 1,682 yards and 28 touchdowns since 2020. But he’s since developed into a potent passer.

Travis took a visible step up in 2021, and in 2022, he emerged as one of the most efficient signal-callers in all of college football. On top of his rushing production, Travis completed 226 of 353 attempts (64%) for 3,214 yards, 24 touchdowns, and just five interceptions, earning second-team All-ACC honors behind Drake Maye.

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2023 was another efficient season for Travis, who threw for 2,756 yards, 20 touchdowns, and just two interceptions. It was unfortunately cut short by a serious left ankle injury against Florida. However, he was still able to help lead the Seminoles to the ACC title game and an undefeated record in regular-season play.

Now, after assisting in the reinvigoration of FSU’s football program, Travis is off to the NFL, where he’ll look to remain a staple inside the locker room and in a team’s QB rotation.

Travis’ Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Hyper-elite creator and running threat with devastating burst, twitch, and lateral agility.
  • With creation capacity, can extend plays to the very end of their shelf life and succeed.
  • Has piercing sharp change-of-direction and can pinch insanely acute angles as a runner.
  • Channels searing explosiveness out of cuts and has the speed to produce big plays.
  • Has enough arm strength to generate velocity in the short range and stay on schedule.
  • Arm is exceptionally elastic and can sustain velocity from a multitude of launch angles.
  • Has instinctive mechanical feel, with the corrective twitch to load ahead of throws.
  • Able to use controlled shoulder tilt to add loft on boundary fades and corner routes.
  • Has a keen ability to maintain congruence even when drifting from pressure threats.
  • Can use subtle bouts of eye manipulation to displace linebackers and open the middle of the field.
  • Can anticipate seam windows and layer passes between multiple levels of coverage.
  • Flashes good off-script vision and equilibrium when forced to roll out under pressure.
  • Has fairly consistent areal accuracy and flashes rare situational precision in spurts.
  • Sound decision-maker with good discretion and a willingness to take calculated risks.
  • Steely competitor with ice in his veins who can deliver in high-pressure situations.

Weaknesses

  • Arm strength, while functionally sound, is around average, and can be limiting at times.
  • Velocity doesn’t always carry well into the deep third or past tight coverage.
  • At times, works himself into a corner when evading, failing to sense backside rushers.
  • On occasion, sudden pressure can cause Travis to panic, lurch, and force unideal throws.
  • Twitch can be a double-edged sword, causing frenetic movement at the time of release.
  • Release can be concave and overhand at times, pushing passes higher than preferred.
  • Sometimes fails to see trailing zone defenders underneath comeback routes.
  • Could be quicker to anticipate breaks on short hitches, curls, and slants.
  • Sometimes forces throws after clutching, giving DBs more time to react and close in.
  • Frame is below-average size and lacks high-end mass and density.
  • Has improved at reducing fumbles but still experiences lapses in ball security.
  • Severe ankle injury could fuel questions about sustained mobility and durability.
  • Will be a 24-year-old rookie in 2024.

Current Draft Projection and Summary

Purely off his film grade, Travis grades out as an early-to-mid Day 3 prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft, who could be sought after as a backup in that range. His injury may complicate his capital, but Travis has enough physical talent and more than enough experience to be a valuable component in an NFL QB room.

Travis’ arm strength is only above average at best. He’ll also be 24 years old as a rookie. But outside of those notes, he’s a smart, competitive, and well-rounded presence whose athleticism and creation capacity are at the very pinnacle of his position group.

Travis doesn’t have notable arm strength or velocity, but he does have hyper-elite mobility. He’s an incredibly explosive athlete with instant burst, searing agility and quickness, and speed. He also has the high-level arm elasticity to elongate throwing windows, mix pace and touch, and operate off-platform.

In the pocket, Travis is a capable operator. He’s a good processor and decision-maker who shows malleability and discretion on a situational basis.

His athleticism translates to easy pocket mobility and evasive freedom, and he has stellar mechanical feel, which helps contribute to good overall accuracy and situational precision as a passer.

Through his experience, Travis has shown persistence through adversity, that he can be coached, and has an upward developmental track. That coachability and upward trajectory won’t be lost on coaches and evaluators.

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Travis’ ceiling may be limited by his lacking arm strength and his inconsistency attacking vertically. He needs to be at a higher level operationally to offset those concerns.

Travis can still be more consistent in anticipating windows over the middle of the field, and his game does invite volatility under pressure.

Nevertheless, as a solid backup and spot-starter who can play a complete game, minimize risks, hit targets with accuracy, and maintain resolve in high-pressure spots, Travis is very much worth a mid-to-late-round pick, and a spot as an NFL safety blanket.

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