Dion Jordan: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Oregon DE

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIApril 25, 2013

Dion Jordan: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Oregon DE

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    There are only a handful of 2013 NFL draft prospects who are in the same league as Dion Jordan in terms of athleticism. He lined up all over the field for the Oregon Ducks during his career, even showing off his ability to cover slot receivers.

    Simply put, there isn't much that Jordan can't do on the football field. He'll be able to play either defensive end or outside linebacker for an NFL team due to his elite versatility.

    Here are five things you need to know about the standout defensive end from Oregon.

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

Background

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    Full Name: Dion Jordan

    Birthday: March 5, 1990

    Hometown: Chandler, Arizona

    High School: Chandler High School

    Major: Sociology

    Year: Senior

     

    Jordan was regarded as one of the top tight ends in the nation coming out of high school. While he did play some defense, he was mostly an offensive threat, which is what the Oregon Ducks recruited him as.

Statistics

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    Most of what makes Dion Jordan such an exciting process isn't going to show up through his collegiate stats. His athleticism and versatility are things you simply need to see on the field in order to realize just how good he is.

    However, Jordan did still put together some impressive stats while in college, making him an even more intriguing prospect. Take a look below at what Jordan was able to do over the course of his three years at Oregon.

    Year Solo Tackles Total Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Forced Fumbles
    2010 21 33 5.5 2.0 0
    2011 25 42 13.0 7.5 1
    2012 26 44 10.5 5.0 3

    Jordan's final season wasn't as impressive as it could have been due to a shoulder injury that nagged him throughout the year.

     

    All statistics courtesy of sports-reference.com.

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 248 lbs.

    Arm Length: 33-7/8"

    Hands: 10"

     

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds (top performer)

    Vertical jump: 32.5"

    Broad jump: 122" (top performer)

    3 cone drill: 7.02 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.35 seconds (top performer)

     

    Even though Dion Jordan wasn't at 100 percent for the 2013 NFL combine, he still came out and showed NFL teams what he can do. He didn't partake in the bench press due to his shoulder injury that was steal healing, but he did the rest of the other drills.

     

    All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.

Interesting Facts

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    We often hear stories of former tight ends adding some weight and moving to offensive tackle. However, we rarely hear about a tight end making the switch to defensive end or outside linebacker.

    That's exactly what happened with Dion Jordan, though. Coming out of high school, Jordan was a highly regarded tight end. In fact, Scout.com had him ranked as the 10th-best high school tight end and was considered as a 4-star recruit.

    Jordan even played wide receiver his freshman year for the Oregon Ducks before making the switch to the defensive side of the ball. I'd say that it turned out to be a pretty good switch for Jordan.

Observations

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    Dion Jordan is such a unique player that it's hard to draw a comparison to him. However, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report gave it his best attempt:

    Dion Jordan comparison—mix of Chandler Jones and Kam Chancellor? Honestly, this guy excites and confuses the hell out of me. He's just him.

    — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 9, 2013

    Ian Rapoport of NFL Network let's us know that Jordan's shoulder is healing just fine:

    All good on Combine re-check for Oregon's Dion Jordan and his rehabbing shoulder

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2013