Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum, and the injury will be a speed bump in his preparation for the upcoming 2013 NFL draft.
Update: Saturday, February 23, at 1:32 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Dion Jordon will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in next week:
Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan said he'll have shoulder surgery (labrum) next week & will need 3-4 months to recover. Played with injury.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) February 23, 2013
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Sports Illustrated’s Tony Pauline reported the following on Jordan’s injury and his status for the Senior Bowl:
Jordan showed off his dynamic pass-rushing ability in his senior season with the Ducks, finishing the year with five sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles.
At 6’6”, he has excellent height and length for a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. But at 240 pounds, NFL teams will likely want to see him add bulk.
Still, this likely will not cause too much concern on draft day, and CBS Sports projects Jordan to be taken either late in the first round or early in the second.
Jordan’s speed and athleticism make him a prospect to pay attention to, and his versatility, enabling him to play in multiple schemes, is another reason teams are excited about him. In addition to being an elite pass-rusher, he is fluid and coordinated enough to be effective when dropping into coverage.
While his lack of size suggests that he will not be effective as a run-stopper, he is stronger than he looks and his speed allows him to make plays when chasing down ball-carriers.
But every move a prospect makes from now until April affects his draft stock, and this injury is certainly not a positive sign for the talented defensive end.
Jordan’s injury may cause him to drop down in the draft, and a team could end up with a major bargain in April as a result.