Name: Dion Jordan
Weight: 248 pounds
Years of College Experience: 5 (Redshirt 2nd year)
Accomplishments: BCS Championship Game (2010), All PAC-12 First Team (2011), Butkus Award Finalist (2012)
40-Yard Dash: 4.60 (T-3rd DL)
Bench Press: DNP (Torn Labrum)
Vertical Jump: 32.5 inches
Broad Jump: 122 inches (T-4th DL)
3 Cone Drill: 7.02 seconds
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.35 seconds
- Athleticism abound. Recruited originally as a top-10 TE prospect as ranked by Scout.com, Jordan made the switch to the defensive side of the ball for the 2010 season.
- Natural speed pass rusher with excellent closing speed in pursuit of the quarterback, very good body control and balance when rushing past offensive linemen.
“While he definitely needs to develop an additional rush move, Jordan’s fastball is good enough to win consistently in the NFL.” – Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
- Explosive burst off the snap allows him to motor past blockers.
- Exceptional coverage skills for a DE/LB hybrid. Faired very well in covering both opposing TEs and Slot WRs.
- Has above average straight line speed that allows him to cover sideline to sideline fairly easily.
- Lacks the upper body strength to fight off offensive linemen that can get their hands on him when pass rushing.
- Jordan needs to develop another move or two in his pass rush to become more of a disruptive force.
- At 6’6″, 248 lbs, Jordan’s frame is long and lanky and putting on an additional 10-20 pounds could help further develop his pass rushing skills allowing him to fight through more blocks.
“He needs to gain 20 pounds (to fill out his 6-foot-7 frame).” – Mike Mayock, NFL Network
- Height hinders his ability against those with a lower center of gravity when tackling in open field.
Should the Eagles Draft Him?
Yes. While the Eagles are flooded right now with a plethora of players at the OLB position, they do not have a player that matches Jordan’s unique skill-set and overall versatility. He is certainly a physical specimen of athleticism. Watching him in coverage reminds me of a safety flying all over the field and I have to remind myself that this is a LB I’m watching. His coverage skills, speed and quickness would certainly carry over to the next level. His pass rushing technique could use some work, but there is untapped talent there. If he could add a few pounds of strength he could develop into an explosive pass rusher off the edge.
If anyone knows what Dion Jordan is capable of, it’s his old coach from Oregon, Chip Kelly. Jordan would work extremely well with Kelly’s principles of using deception, as Jordan could line up all over the field and be someone that the opposing quarterbacks will be looking for before taking each snap.