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Dion Jordan Combine: Performance in Indy Makes Oregon DE/OLB a Top-10 Lock

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Dion Jordan of Oregon works out 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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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 26, 2013

Oregon defensive end/outside linebacker Dion Jordan was already garnering consideration for an early first-round selection in the 2013 NFL draft before the combine, but his performance in Indianapolis has seen his stock rise to the top 10.

The 6'6" athletic freak of nature weighed in at 248 pounds, putting on a good 20 pounds since Oregon's 2012 campaign. The fact he can still build onto that frame suggests he could be a defensive end in the NFL, as well as an outside linebacker.

But Jordan's versatility is only part of the equation. His athleticism and explosiveness jump out at you (literally). He was dubbed as a "top performer" by NFL.com in three separate combine workouts: the 40-yard dash, the broad jump and the 20-yard shuttle.

Among all defensive linemen and linebackers, he tied for sixth in the 40-yard dash, tied for ninth in the broad jump and ranked 15th in the 20-yard shuttle. That may not seem overly impressive until you consider his size.

Running the 40 in 4.60 seconds at 248 pounds is an eye-opening feat.

His performance, moreover, has drawn rave reviews.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated currently has Jordan going No. 4 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles. Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com has him going No. 6 overall to the Cleveland Browns. Heck, Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chronicle had Jordan as his No. 2 overall prospect even before the combine began.

Jordan's results at the combine alone exhibited his speed, lower body explosion and lateral agility, but his production was also there for the Ducks in his last two seasons with the team. During that span, he posted a combined 86 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles (via CFBStats.com). That's even more impressive considering he was oftentimes asked to cover tight ends and receivers out of the slot with the Ducks.

Keep in mind, Jordan started out as a tight end at Oregon. He has only been playing in the front seven for three years.

That has many thinking the sky's the limit for the 22-year-old. 

Jordan is already drawing comparisons to San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and former linebacker and five-time Pro Bowler Julian Peterson.

That may prove to be a modest assessment when all is said and done.

 

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