NFL Combine 2013: Dion Jordan and Players Set to Impress Scouts in Drills

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IFebruary 21, 2013

Nov 26, 2011; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive end Dion Jordan (96) against the Oregon State Beavers during the second half at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Z. Rider-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Z. Rider-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan is one of a few players who will blow NFL scouts away when the drills commence at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

NFL teams don't base their evaluations primarily on what happens at the combine, but when an athletic freak makes a statement like Dontari Poe did at last year's event, he'll inevitably shoot up the board.

This is a chance for a few young men to make a great impression, and one that could earn them a ton of money. In Poe's case, he went from a fringe first-round pick to the No. 11 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft.


Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

This young man has a chance to vault into the top 10 with a breakout performance at this year's combine, and it's not a huge stretch to think the Cleveland Browns will pick him at No. 6 overall. 

The 6'7", 241-pound former tight end is a supremely gifted athlete who has the frame to continue adding weight. By the time he's finished growing into his late-20s, it's not inconceivable that Jordan could weigh up to 265 pounds of pure muscle.

Watching him play the past couple of years at Oregon, Jordan displays an elite burst off the line, and his speed has always been undeniable. Furthermore, he has the agility and hip flexibility to cover receivers in space.

Jordan should post a jaw-dropping 40-yard dash time. Before the 2012 season, the Register-Guard's Rob Mosely reported, "Yesterday I was told that Dion Jordan ran a 4.4. Yes, Dion Jordan, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound defensive end. That's freakish."

The explosive athlete is sure to post impressive numbers in the vertical and broad jumps, too.

He won't be participating in the bench press in Indy, thanks to the same injured shoulder that plagued him throughout much of the 2012 season, but the tape on Jordan shows him to be strong enough to hold up the edge in the NFL.


Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel has long been considered the No. 1 left tackle in this year's draft class, but Fisher is making a strong push to supplant him.

Detroit Lions lead writer Tim Twentyman saw him on Thursday at the combine:

He's a lean, mean, pass-blocking machine who reminds me of Central Michigan alumni Joe Staley, and not just because they both went to the same school. Both players use excellent leverage and technique to complement agile, athletic frames.

Fisher may not crack five seconds in the 40-yard dash, but if his Senior Bowl practices are any indication, he'll be the most impressive lineman on the field when the positional drills take place.

He possesses an elite kick-slide and plays with incredible balance; he'll put these talents on display for all to see on Saturday, when the offensive linemen take the field.


Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas

An Olympic long jumper, Goodwin is one of the most impressive athletes in this year's draft class.

It's a given that Goodwin will dominate the jumping drills, given his background as an Olympic athlete, but he has a chance to be the fastest man at this year's combine—if not the fastest man in combine history.

Goodwin isn't just a flashy speedster, either. He displayed excellent change-of-direction ability at the Senior Bowl in January and caught everything that was thrown his way. 

If this former Longhorns receiver can blow the combine out of the water and show the same kind of hands we saw from him at the Senior Bowl, he could vault into the second round of this year's draft.

This would be a huge leap for him after posting pedestrian numbers during his time at Texas. In four years, Goodwin only caught 120 passes for 1,364 yards and seven touchdowns. 


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