2018 NFL Draft

Jordan Kovacs, SS

School: Michigan  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Curtice, OH
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 205 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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05/03/2013 - Dolphins Sign 19 Undrafted College Free Agents...S - JORDAN KOVACS (5-10, 205, 6/12/90, Michigan): Ranks 12th on U-M's all-time tackles list (331 career tackles) ... Only the 15th player in Michigan history to record 300 career tackles. - MiamiDolphins.com

04/17/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: 124 FBS PROGRAMS, 124 POSSIBLE UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENTS: MICHIGAN: S Jordan Kovacs (5-11, 205, 4.62)...A former walk-on, Kovacs doesn't have the speed or athleticism to hold up at safety in the NFL, but his intelligence and experience will make him a tough player to cut in camp. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan Pro Day: Jordan Kovacs, once considered too slow to play safety and still considered by some to be too unathletic to play in the NFL, bet one of the most electric players in Michigan history that he could win in two out of three speed drills. The deal went like this: Kovacs and Denard Robinson would compete in the 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle, and whoever won at least two of the events had to buy the other a steak dinner at the Chop House. Robinson did his drills at the combine last month, and Kovacs did his Thursday at the Wolverines' pro day.

And, as it turns out, the former walk-on has beaten Robinson after edging him in the cone drill and shuttle run during a strong showing at the pro day. "Oh man, stop. Stop bringing it up," said a laughing Robinson, who competed only in the 60-yard shuttle and positional drills at the pro day. "He did great today and take my hat off to him. I knew he'd do great." - Kyle Meinke, Michigan Live

03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan Pro Day: Jordan Kovacs, SS (5-10 5/8, 205) - Kovacs ran the 40 in 4.57 and 4.64 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.18 seconds and he had a 6.70-second three-cone drill. He also performed 16 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Kovacs is a good rookie free agent possibility. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan Pro Day: Kovacs says he's spoken to nearly every NFL team and while his intellect and experience are his strengths, the biggest concern is whether the all-Big Ten safety is athletic enough to translate his game to the next level. He obviously isn't the most athletic safety in the draft, but he proved at the pro day he is at least average. The three-cone drill stands out -- he beat every safety at the combine -- while his 40-yard dash and 20-yard shuttle were around the middle of the pack. Is that enough to prove he can make it at the next level? "I don't know how much stock is actually put into this stuff," Kovacs said. "If I was a coach, I wouldn't put too much stock into it, to be honest with ya. If you're a football player, you're a football player. - Kyle Meinke, Michigan Live

01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DB Jordan Kovacs is Michigan's top ball hawk in the secondary, its most-experienced defender on the back end, and likely its best at rapidly deciphering just what the opposing offense is up to. He will be facing QB Connor Shaw, who missed the season finale with a foot injury, and backup QB Dylan Thompson, who threw three touchdown passes in the win over Clemson that put the Gamecocks at 10-2. Kovacs has 65 tackles this season, five stops for losses, two sacks, an interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. - The Sports Xchange

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Jordan Kovacs, Michigan, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Kovacs, who became only the 15th player in U-M history to record 300 career tackles, finished the regular season with 65 tackles (41 solo stops), 5.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, two pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble. - Michigan football

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Jordan Kovacs, Michigan, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Kovacs, who became only the 15th player in U-M history to record 300 career tackles, finished the regular season with 65 tackles (41 solo stops), 5.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, two pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble. - Michigan football

11/21/2012 - 2012 BURLSWORTH TROPHY SEMIFINALIST (TOP COLLEGE FOOTBALL WALK-ON): Jordan Kovacs, Sr., S, Michigan...Kovacs is a four-year starter at safety for the Wolverines. He was named 2nd Team Freshman All-American and Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten. As a sophomore, he ranked 2nd in the Big Ten with 116 tackles. As a junior, he was named to the pre-season Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list and finished the season as the team's 2nd leading tackler with 75 stops. In 2012, he has started every game, registered his 300th career tackle, and is considered one of the top safeties in the nation. - Burlsworth Trophy

09/07/2012 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "We didn't play Michigan football. We didn't stop the run. We didn't run well. We didn't tackle well. We had too many penalties and we were undisciplined. And that will cost you." -- Michigan S Jordan Kovacs on the collapse against Alabama - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - The Wolverines desperately need a bounce-back performance when they host Air Force in the next game. A return to Michigan Stadium should work wonders, but the hangover from the humbling loss to Alabama could be a big problem and dilute the confidence in the Wolverines' camp. "You can take this two ways," Michigan senior S Jordan Kovacs said following the loss to the Crimson Tide. "You can be upset about it and you can let Alabama beat us twice. Or you can learn from it." - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Safety Jordan Kovacs has had quite a journey with the Wolverines. The former walk-on started 12 games in 2011, had 75 tackles, with four sacks and eight stops behind the line. Kovacs earned inclusion on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's best defensive player.- The Sports Xchange

08/03/2012 - Top-five Michigan prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. SS Jordan Kovacs...One of the more inspirational stories in college football, Kovacs went from recruiting afterthought to walk-on to All-Conference defender. An All-Ohio selection out of the Toledo area, he struggled to receive looks from any FBS-level programs and decided to walk on for the Wolverines, the same path his father took nearly 20 years earlier. Kovacs always knew he had what it took to play in the Big Ten and dreamed of playing in the ???Big House' and after a few tryouts in 2009, the Michigan coaching staff gave him a chance. He worked his way into the starting line-up as a freshman and started eight games, recording 75 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and one interception. Kovacs had his best season in 2010 as a sophomore (13 starts), finishing with a career-best 116 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions. He started a dozen games last year and had another productive season, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. Kovacs is a savvy defender with a nose for the ball and the football attitude that endears him to coaches and teammates. He fills run lanes well, taking fast, accurate angles to the ball with an aggressive playing style. Kovacs is more of a downhill player who is limited in coverage and struggles when forced to turn his back to the action. He might be a liability in man coverage, but his approach to the game and overachieving attitude will find him a home at the next level. Kovacs might not be a top-100 pick next April, but he is at-worst a special teams stud who will probably exceed expectations, the same way he has done in Ann Arbor. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/27/2012 - Q. Leadership, who has stepped up so far at this point and who would you like to see step up a little bit more? COACH HOKE: As a staff we don't have an opportunity to be with those guys all summer, because of the NCAA rules, and those kind of things. But I think you can see the three guys we brought are just a part of that with Denard and his development, and I think Jordan Kovacs is an amazing story, number one, but how his leadership has grown. And then Taylor Lewan, who is going to be a junior for us. But I think he's really taken a lot of responsibility. Q. Can you talk a little bit more about Jordan and what you expect of him in leading the defense coming up this season? COACH HOKE: Well, you know, he's a guy who had to walk on twice to play at Michigan. And I think because of his love for his teammates, his love for the game of football, his intensity, how he approaches every day from a work ethic standpoint to being a great teammate, and that's what we talk about every day. And he's truly one of those guys, terrific teammate, his development as a player, we're very fortunate, he's a very instinctive guy, a very smart football player, and I think his teammates see that. - Big Ten football/Media day transcripts

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jordan Kovacs, S, Michigan, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. In 2011, Kovacs started 12 games and had 75 tackles -- eight for losses -- four sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a Wolverines squad that finished with an 11-2 record and defeated Virginia Tech, 23-20, in overtime, in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. He has totaled 266 tackles -- 21 for losses -- five sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups in his career. - Michigan football

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jordan Kovacs, Michigan, S, 6-0, 195 (Curtice, Ohio): Lott Player of the Week last season in game against Western Michigan when he had 10 tackles, two sacks and forced fumble...On Lott Watch list as a junior...Former walk-on...Academic All-Big Ten...116 tackles second best in Big Ten as a sophomore...75 tackles last season...Honorable mention All- Big Ten...Academic All-Ohio in high school. - Lott IMPACT Trophy