Jordan Lomax, the cornerback turned safety, didn’t get much of a shot at the NFL after having a solid career with the Iowa football team. The two-year starter was twice named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, and he was a huge piece of the Iowa football team’s 2015 Rose Bowl season.
During that season alone, he tallied 96 tackles, 1 interception, 7 passes defended, and 1 forced fumble and for his career, he hit the 200 mark in tackles while getting a total of 2 interceptions, 16 passes defended, and 2 forced fumbles.
At 5’10” and 205 pounds, the Maryland product reminded Iowa football fans of a slower, less dynamic version of Bob Sanders, but in Lomax’s defense, most people are slower and less dynamic than one of the most talented safeties to ever play football.
Coming out of Iowa though, he didn’t test well as he ran a 4.75-second 40-yard dash, a 7.18-second 3-cone drill, and a 4.15-second 20-yard shuttle. In large part because of that, he went undrafted but he was picked up by the Rams. After collecting just two tackles in the preseason, he was subsequently released.
Sometimes, for guys like Lomax, he just needs another chance to show that it’s not all about the testing. He can man the back-end of the defense and the XFL would be getting a high character guy from a high character program. In four years with the Hawks, he was named Academic All-Big Ten three times and permanent team captain of the defense.