Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cameron Jordan a Great Fit for Patriots
Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Pats Finding a Stud at No. 17
It was pretty remarkable to watch the New England Patriots' defense morph from a weakness into a strength late last season. After getting torched by every offense they came into contact with in the early part of the season, the Pats allowed seven points or less in four of their last five games.
Still, the Pats could use a few pieces. First and foremost, they need a 3-4 defensive end, and Mel Kiper has them taking Cal's Cameron Jordan with the No. 17 pick in his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft (must have ESPN Insider).
Seeing as how Jordan is No. 9 on Kiper's big board, this would definitely constitute a steal. Better yet, Kiper thinks he's going to fit right in with the Patriots:
I have 3-4 defensive end among the top three needs for the Patriots, and Jordan offers the best value available at this position.... Jordan maximizes this one as a player who fits their system, has the smarts and experience to pick it up quickly, and offers pass-rushing help.
More than anything else, it's going to be the "smarts" part that is going to land Jordan with the Patriots. They never have the most talented players on either side of the ball, but Bill Belichick has shown that he knows how to spot the guys who just plain know the game of football.
Jordan definitely knows football. His father, Steve Jordan, played 12 seasons in the NFL, and he comes from the same Cal program that churned out Tyson Alualu.
As a guy who spent the last two years pursuing (and getting) a degree at UCB, I can definitely vouch for Jordan. The Bears fairly sucked in 2010, but Jordan was consistently excellent. He's going to be a very good pro, and I wouldn't be surprised if he comes off the board earlier.
If Jordan does fall to the Pats, however, I'm sure they'll be glad to have him.
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