2013 NFL Draft: Full Scouting Report for Dion Jordan
Position: Defensive end
Jordan was a standout on both sides of the ball for Chandler High School in Arizona. He had a horrific accident in high school which left him with terrible burns and a remarkable recovery.
At Oregon, he switched his primary position from tight end to defensive end after he took a redshirt year, and he's developed into one of the best ends in the country.
Jordan is pretty raw as a pass-rusher, but there's a ton of potential there. His height, long arms, athletic build and quickness give him an advantage that few other players have.
Even though he doesn't yet have well-refined pass moves and great technique, Jordan is still disruptive just off his natural ability and persistent effort. He gets a really good burst off the line, and has heavy hands that he's getting better at using to create separation.
When Jordan can get around the edge, he's deadly. But he'll too often be a half-step late and lose his bend, and that's when the offensive lineman can stand him up and knock him back. With more coaching and practice, Jordan could be an elite pass-rusher.
Jordan sometimes can be vulnerable against the rush, especially when they run directly at him and he's lined up with his hands in the ground as a 5 or 7-technique end. He just isn't strong enough, and doesn't get good enough leverage, to be effective there.
But he lines up all over the place, and often chases down the runner coming across the line. He also can beat a lineman around the edge and redirect the running back that way. Jordan is really good at using his athleticism to make a play wherever possible.
Jordan's biggest asset at this point is his versatility. In the four games I scouted him (Oregon State '11, Washington State '11, Arizona '11, Fresno State '12), I saw him line up literally almost everywhere on the field other than as a 0-tech right up against the center.
Jordan lined up with his hand on the ground all along the line, sometimes standing up along the line, other times as a linebacker. He even lined up in coverage against the slot receiver a couple times, and didn't get beaten.
With his length and quickness, Jordan can be effective in virtually any situation, which is much of what makes him so valuable. However, he may have to sacrifice a little quickness and put on some weight to get stronger if an NFL team wants to make him a 4-3 DE.
Jordan's play dropped off at the end of the season, which was due to a shoulder injury. There are reports now that Jordan will have surgery to repair a torn labrum. This is the first significant injury of Jordan's college career.
His instincts aren't elite, but he's a humble, hardworking kid who should continue to get better as he continues practicing and hitting the weights.
Jordan has a tremendous motor and pursues the ball all over the field. He appears to be a tough, competitive guy who plays hard and tackles well.
I think the world of Jordan as a prospect. His length and natural ability are off the charts. But the surgery and his need to put on weight may cause him to slip a little more than he should. I think he'll go somewhere in the 10-15 range of the first round.
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