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NFL Draft 2013 - Dion Jordan of Oregon - Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report

NFL Draft 2013 Dion Jordan of Oregon -
Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report

Dion Jordan - LB/DE - Oregon
One of the premier defenders in the NFL Draft 2013, DE/LB Dion Jordan will be one of the top selections in the first round. Dion declared for the NFL Draft after another strong performance. He is one of the unique prospects in this draft class with the versatility to be a truly scheme diverse defender who can play both up and down on the outside. He is the type of impact defender that offenses will have to game plan to stop with his ability to move around a front seven and be highly effective in a number of positions. He is very similar to former Pro Bowler Jason Taylor in size, athleteicsim and diversity to be a major pass rusher. His presence allows his defense to play different fronts with equal effectiveness.

He was limited his offseason due to minor shoulder issues, though he still should hear his name called in the top 6-8 overall prospects in two weeks. Clubs like the Cardinals, Browns, Jets and Lions are giving him strong consideration at the top of the first round.

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DE/LB Dion Jordan #96 - Oregon - 6’6“250 - Speed 4.60
Hindu Theory: Jason Taylor

Fast athletic junior defender declared for the NFL Draft after a big 2012 performance that earned first team Pac-12 honors. Dion is one of the best athletes in this class and a physical specimen that has only two seasons starting at the collegiate level. He runs well for a long angular athlete who comes in at 248 lbs. with very long arms (33 7/8”) and the footwork of a linebacker with the speed to get up the field. He usually plays with good leverage and has the functional strength to play several positions, though he is best suited for the weak side end in the 4-3. He has good functional strength and uses his long arms well to keep blockers off his body and separate. He possesses excellent edge quickness to get after the passer with the ability to bend the corner and make big plays. His speed allows him to go down the line and pursue from the backside to make tackles. He is very quick on the snap with hand use and footwork to win early on the down and use his great reach to force turnovers. He has the athleticism to change directions and counter inside where he shows a nice burst to the passer. He can penetrate very quickly off the edge with the closing burst to make the big play. When he uses his long arms well to keep blockers off him, he shows the quickness to separate and flatten out to the passer. He needs work to hold the POA better, though he has performed fairly well with the ability to locate the ball and stay alive on the play. He is still a raw prospect after only two starting seasons, but this is a prospect with the physical skill set to be a special defender in the right setting. He can win late on the down and moves along the line well to stay clean. He is an athlete with good COD skills and the ability to recover, though he needs to read properly initially or he can put himself out of position at times. He needs further development of his hand usage and more pass rush moves to fully realize his blue chip talent. He has elite speed, but needs overall technique work especially with his hands to show more powerful rip and hump moves. He needs to get better use of his long reach to deflect more passes at the LOS with essential development of his technique. As a junior, he started all 12 games and posted 44 tackles with 10.5 TFL, 5 sacks and 1 FF that earned 1st team Pac-12 honors. As a sophomore, he started 12 of 14 games and posted 42 tackles with 13 TFL and 7.5 sacks that earned 2nd team Pac-12 honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’6” and 248 lbs. He ran a 4.60 time, a 32.5” VJ, 10’2” BJ and did not lift. He posted a 4.32 short shuttle and a 7.02 three cone for good agility drills. He can be a disruptive playmaker with incredible upside potential. As a pass rusher, he has the developed fast first step that only the elite rushers possess. He is similar to Jason Taylor in speed, body type and overall AA. He needs development on his swim maneuver and extra moves to have a complete game. He needs to learn more counter moves to combat double-teams and make plays when his initial move is contained. He can be a major impact defender with the talent to be a playmaker, though he must prove his shoulder injury is fully healed. Excellent top 10 prospect with early starting talent on the weak side. Blue chip prospect with great upside potential with some development.
Draft Projection: 1st Round