2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

by Cory J. Bonini on April 22, 2013 @ 16:24:36 PDT

 


Oregon senior defensive end/outside linebacker Dion Jordan brings his explosive game to the 2013 NFL Draft.

In 2012, Jordan played around 225 pounds. His lingering shoulder injury prohibited his workout regimen, and Chip Kelly's high-pace offense meant the Ducks' D was on the field a lot.

Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
As versatile as they make 'em

Strengths

  • Extremely explosive off the edge
  • Massive wingspan
  • Impressive versatility - has played with a hand in the dirt, as a standup rush end and as a slot defensive back
  • Plenty of upside
  • Good hustle and effort
  • Quick acceleration and first step
  • Does a good job of disengaging with his hands
  • Has the frame to add weight
  • Freakish athleticism

Weaknesses

  • Lanky frame - 6-foot-6, 243 pounds
  • Overpursues at times - can take himself out of the play
  • Struggles with double teams - simply not strong enough to shed multiple or bigger blockers
  • Still raw, relying too much on natural athleticism - may not be an immediate impact player at the next level
  • What position is he in the NFL?
  • Durability concerns - several injuries throughout his career, including a torn shoulder labrum in 2012

Expected draft placement

Jordan has a wide array of teams that could potentially draft him, mainly because of his versatility. He realistically could go as high as the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 2), Oakland Raiders (No. 3) or Philadelphia Eagles (No. 4), but it is doubful he will fall past No. 9 overall to the New York Jets.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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