Linebacker Akeem Jordan has been a fairytale story in the Philadelphia Eagles organization.
Originally drafted as a rookie free agent out of James Madison, a division l-AA school, Jordan jump started his career midway through the 2008 season when he was promoted from the team's practice squad to active roster.
After opening some Eagles executive eyes, and possibly his own, Jordan showed up at training camp in 2009 ready for business.
He approached his offseasson vigorously and his reward was being named the Eagles starting weakside linebacker for the 2009 campaign.
Jordan had a career year in 2009 contributing 82 tackles in just 12 games, which was third on the team. He managed two INTs in a single season which has not been done since Ike Reese back in 2004.
The first one came on Sept., 13, 2009 against the Panthers and the second one occurred Sept., 20, 2009 when the Eagles squared off with the Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints.
At first glance one might say he only had two picks last year but if you look at the dates again you will see they came in back-to-back games, which has not happened since the William Thomas days back in 1995.
Jordan is a quick linebacker who is showing he has a knack for making plays. With a full season under his belt as a starter I expect he will come out even better in 2010.
Linebacker is still a must in this years draft in my opinion.
2010 Linebacker Prospects: Round One
1. Brandon Spikes—Florida
2. Sean Weatherspoon—Missouri
3. Rolondo McClain—Alabama