NFL Draft 2011: Cameron Jordan's Pass-Rushing Ability at NFL Level a Question
The 2011 NFL Draft Is Loaded With Sack Specialists, Which May Leave Cameron Jordan Lost In The Shuffle
In a rich draft at the DE position, Cal’s Cameron Jordan stands out as a high-level run defender. However, his pass-rushing ability (or lack thereof) may be scaring off some potential suitors.
According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams are concerned that Jordan may turn out to be “a better athlete than [ex-Ram Victor] Adeyanju, but still not a great pass rusher.” That’s a surprisingly weak review, considering that Jordan is projected by most as a first-round pick and Adeyanju was a fourth-rounder.
Jordan totaled just 16.5 sacks in 32 starts for the Golden Bears, so there is reason to question his ability to bring consistent pressure on the QB in the pros. Whether that issue will prevent him from being a successful NFL end, though, is far from certain.
Jordan’s toughness against the run makes him especially well-suited to playing end in a 3-4 setup, and there are lots of 3-4 teams in need of help on the line in this draft.
While he may not appeal as much to a team that needs him to take over a game right away, teams drafting later in the first round (Green Bay springs to mind) would be happy to add a polished, hard-working DE who doesn’t necessarily show up among the league’s sack leaders.
Considering the number of defensive ends who have washed out of the NFL for their inability to stop the run, Jordan could turn out to be a serious steal.
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