Scouting The Draft: DE, Dion Jordan, Oregon

Dion Jordan is a name that has been linked to the Jets a lot over the past few weeks.  He has a torn labrum, which he played through all of last year for the Ducks, so that is both a negative and a positive.  I’ve also seen him in mocks as low as 30 in Round 1.  Let’s dig in.

Measurables

Height: 6’6″  Weight: 248 Lbs  Age: 22 Bench: N/A  40 Time: 4.53

Broad Jump: N/A  Vertical: N/A  20 Yd Shuttle: N/A  3 Cone: N/A

Arm Length: 33 7/8″  Hands: 10″ Projected: 1st Round

Strengths

Jordan has the size and speed to be an every down linebacker in the pros.  He’s added about 20 pounds since the college season ended which I don’t think it will affect his speed that much.  He has excellent hands that he uses very well to engage.  Jordan is also pretty good against the run.  He engages the defender and monitors the play, and uses hand speed and quickness to disengage and react to ball carrier.  He pursues every play, even when out of the play.  Jordan can also to line up and play the pass against tight end or slot receiver and does very well in zone coverages.

Weaknesses

He’ll have trouble against NFL lineman with his tall frame.  However, adding weight will help.  He must develop pass rush moves.  He’s used spin and speed rushes, but doesn’t really possess a bull-rush.  Injury issues have brought up a red flag on Jordan as well as weight concerns.  His weight dipped lower during college football last year.  He must maintain higher weight in pros.

Comparable Player: Aldon Smith

Rumored Team Interest: Jets, Falcons, Eagles

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