Dion Jordan: Breaking Down Oregon Prospect's NFL Combine Performance

Alex KayCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Dion Jordan of Oregon runs the 40-yard dash during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Dion Jordan is one of the top pass-rushing prospects in the 2013 NFL draft, and his combine performance solidified his status even further.

The senior out of Oregon has been an absolute revelation during his time with the Ducks, although it took him a few attempts at different positions (WR and TE) before finding a perfect fit as a DE/OLB.

Jordan took full advantage of his immense athleticism during his time in Eugene, totaling up 121 tackles (29 for a loss), 14.5 sacks and four forced fumbles as a four-year contributor.

He truly burst onto the scene in 2011, bringing down the quarterback 7.5 times and notching 13 tackles for losses. After a solid senior outing, Jordan emerged near the top of the 2013 draft class and should remain there after absolutely killing it in Indianapolis this past weekend.

Let’s take a look and see how he measured up at the combine.

*Combine stats according to NFL.com

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 248 lbs.

Arm Length: 33 7/8”

Hands: 10”

40-Yard Dash: 4.60 seconds

Vertical Jump: 32.5 inches

Broad Jump: 122.0 inches


Jordan clearly has the perfect size at 6’6” and 248 pounds to play either outside linebacker or defensive end—depending on the team and system he finds himself in at the NFL level.

He possesses long arms and big hands, plus the pure speed required to get into the backfield and put pressure on the signal-caller. He’ll be able to not only blow right by blockers, but should be able to shed linemen with his strength (although the prospect declined to hit the bench at the combine).

Jordan’s torn labrum is going to be repaired in the near future and should only keep him sidelined up to four months total, giving plenty of room to return in time for training camp.

We suspect this incredible combine performance will boost the Oregon Ducks star into the top half of the first round, and it’s hard to see him slipping come the draft in April.