Dion Jordan: Video Highlights for Former Oregon DE/OLB
Considered a top-10 pick, Dion Jordan is the best 3-4 outside linebacker in this year's draft. He climbed up the draft boards in a hurry and impressed many at the combine as well as at his pro day.
Jordan was all over the field for the Ducks in 2012. He was asked to not only rush the passer, but drop back in coverage too. Some project Jordan as a defensive end, but he has to add some weight before he can get his hand on the ground on a consistent basis.
Let's take a look at some of Jordan's best moments during last season and the pre-draft process.
Jordan has solidified himself as one of this year's best pass-rushers. His combination of speed and overall athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect.
Standing up as a linebacker in a 3-4 defense, it's hard not to draw comparisons to San Francisco 49ers standout Aldon Smith. He's not quite as well-rounded physically, but his pass-rushing skills are similar.
During his senior season at Oregon, Jordan recorded 44 total tackles and five sacks. His numbers don't necessarily jump out at you, but his overall talent and upside will be plenty to validate a top pick.
Dion Jordan was asked to step into the Sport Science lab with John Brenkus and failed to disappoint.
By looking at the measurables, you can see what makes him such an intriguing pass-rusher. He has great speed and agility for someone that tall and his long arms allow him to fight off blockers and get to the quarterback.
When your cutting ability is comparable to that of Arian Foster, but you are five inches taller and 15 lbs. heavier, it's easy to salivate over his potential.
Not only does he compare with Foster, but his overall ability is comparable to Demarcus Ware, Dwight Freeney and Jason Pierre-Paul. Not bad company if you ask me.
Not only does Jordan excel when getting after the quarterback, he also has a great motor that allows him to make plays all over the field.
Against USC, Jordan had three tackles and numerous quarterback hurries, but the play that stands out the most is when he forced a fumble on a Matt Barkley pass to Marquise Lee.
Jordan was quick off the snap and had a clear shot at Barkley, but he got rid of the ball before Jordan could get to him. Jordan quickly turned around and began running towards the ball. When Lee tried to cut it inside, Jordan was there to meet him and force a fumble when USC was threatening to score.
This highlight is further proof that Jordan will never give up and always make plays to help his team win.
Speed and Pursuit
In this highlight, Jordan once again shows his speed and pursuit when he could very easily find himself out of the play.
As he's rushing the quarterback from the right side, the quarterback hands the ball off to the running back who runs to the left side. Jordan quickly diagnoses what's going on and begins his pursuit of the running back. When the running back tries to cut his run back towards the middle of the field, Jordan is there to meet him.
These are the kinds of plays that make Jordan a top prospect. He has great pass-rushing skills, but his speed, pursuit and relentless attitude will make him a special NFL player.
Shining Against Arizona St.
Jordan had one of his best games of the season against Arizona State. He was rushing the quarterback and dropping back into coverage at an extremely high level throughout the entire game.
He totaled five tackles and two sacks while helping his Oregon Ducks come out with the victory.
During the first play, Jordan once again displays his great ability to chase people down. The running back had big hole to run through and appeared to have only the safety to beat in order to get to the end zone. Jordan, who was rushing the passer, quickly turned around and caught the runner before he could break a longer run.
On Jordan's first sack, you can see why he's so sought-after as a pass-rusher. He easily beat the left tackle with speed off the edge and showed good use of his hands as he got around him.
On his second sack, Jordan once again displayed his speed and showed his ability to use a swim move as he got around the tackle.
If Jordan can continue to develop as a pass-rusher and improve his all-around game, he will be a perennial Pro Bowler.