|No. 88 – Houston Texans|
|Born:||April 19, 1992|
Locust Grove, Georgia
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||243 lb (110 kg)|
|High school:||McDonough (GA) Union Grove|
|NFL Draft:||2018 / Round: 3 / Pick: 98|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Jordan Nikemian Akins (born April 19, 1992) is an American football tight end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCF.
Akins graduated from Union Grove High School in McDonough, Georgia. He committed and signed to play football for the UCF Knights, choosing the Knights over schools such as LSU and Georgia. However, after being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft, he chose to pursue a baseball career instead of attending UCF and signed with the Rangers. Akins struggled in the minor leagues, hitting .218 over four seasons and never rising above high-A ball. He retired from baseball after the 2013 season and returned to play football at UCF.
As a true freshman in 2014, Akins played in all 13 of UCF's games, catching 12 passes for 135 yards along with returning 15 kickoffs for 363 yards.
Akins started the 2015 as a starter, but suffered a season-ending injury in UCF's third game against Furman. He elected to take a medical redshirt.
As a redshirt sophomore in 2016, Akins once again played in all 13 of UCF's games, tallying 23 receptions for 347 yards and two touchdowns.
Prior to the 2017 season, Akins was named to the John Mackey Award watch list. He played in 12 of UCF's 13 games, catching 32 passes for 515 yards and four touchdowns. After the season, Akins declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.
On January 3, 2018, Akins announced his decision to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. On January 13, 2018, it was announced that Akins had accepted an invitation to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl. On January 27, 2018, Akins played in the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl and caught two passes for 31-yards as part of Houston Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien's South team that defeated Denver Broncos' head coach Vance Joseph's North team 45–16. Akins sustained a hamstring injury ten days before the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and was unable to perform any drills and chose to skip the bench press. He attended private workouts and meetings with the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, and New Orleans Saints. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Akins was projected to be a sixth round pick or priority undrafted free agent by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the eighth best tight end prospect in the draft by Scouts Inc. and was ranked the 16th best tight end by DraftScout.com.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 3 in
|4.38 s||7.29 s||35 in
|10 ft 2 in
|All values from NFL Combine/UCF's Pro Day|
The Houston Texans selected Akins in the third round (98th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Akins was the fifth tight end drafted in 2018. He became the highest drafted tight end in UCF's history.
|Texans draft Jordan Akins 98th overall|
On May 10, 2018, the Houston Texans signed Akins to a four-year, $3.32 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $761,520. In the season opener against the New England Patriots, Akins had two receptions for 11 yards in his NFL debut. He played in 16 games with six starts, recording 17 receptions for 225 yards.
In Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Akins caught three passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns in the 27–20 win. Overall, Akins finished the 2019 season with 36 receptions for 418 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.
In Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Akins recorded two receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown in the 34–20 loss.