Dion Jordan Must Be 1st Defensive Player Taken in 2013 NFL Draft

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IApril 25, 2013

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Defensive end Dion Jordan #96 of the Oregon Ducks calls out in the second quarter as the Ducks take on the Wisconsin Badgers at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Athletes like Dion Jordan come around once in a blue moon. 

He is 6'6" and 248 pounds with the speed and strength to rush the passer from the edge and the ability to drop back and cover. 

This versatility, and remarkably high ceiling, means it would be foolish to draft any other defensive player before him. There is not one who can impact the game in as many ways. 

What really pushes Jordan over the top is his versatility. As more and more defenses begin to mix up their looks and go with hybrids between a 3-4 and a 4-3, Jordan is ideal for this. 

He can line up on the edge with his hand in the dirt and rush the passer, or he can stand up for a blitz or to drop back in coverage. 

Jordan is too light to be considered an every-down defensive end in a 4-3. He will get pushed around in the run game. However, he can be a rush end in a 4-3, and he has the athleticism to handle outside linebacker as well. 

In space, he is much more effective against the run where he can let his athleticism shine.

Also, Jordan rapidly increased his weight from the college season to the combine, and he has the frame to add more bulk. That bulk should come with time, and he could mature into a true end in a 4-3. 

He already is an ideal fit for a 3-4 as an outside linebacker. 

Wherever he lines up, he will be able to get to the passer with his speed rush. He also has the height to disrupt the passing lanes when he is blocked. 

Jordan is a great fit for the Jaguars at No. 2. Jacksonville is in dire need of a pass-rusher, and new head coach Gus Bradley loves to employ multiple looks in his defensive fronts; Jordan would allow him the ability to get supremely creative. 

There is some concern with a shoulder surgery Jordan had, but it doesn't project to be a long-term concern and it should not limit him going into next season.

Jordan brings more versatility than any of the other elite pass-rushers in this draft, and the premium in today's game on pass-rushing makes that an extremely valuable quality. It is also why Jordan brings more value to a team than a defensive tackle like Sharrif Floyd

Dion Jordan's athleticism and versatility will make him a nightmare to game plan and account for, and the value of this should have him flying off the board early.