Dion Jordan is one of the most tantalizing prospects in the NFL draft. Though he spent a month of his senior year of high school in the burn unit after suffering severe burns from trying to siphon gas with a vacuum cleaner, he now looks like he could be the best pass-rusher in the league. Let’s take a closer look and see if he fits the bill.
DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon
Jordan can play either 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB at the next level. He was used in a number of different spots on Oregon, so he has lined up all over the field. Whether it is in a 2- or 3-point stance or dropping back into coverage on tight ends and slot receivers (yes, he can cover slot receivers), the converted tight end has done it. Regardless, at 6’7″ 241 lbs., he’s going to need to bulk up, especially in his lower body, but Jordan has a big frame and is capable.
Jordan will be drafted by teams looking for a pass-rusher. He has obvious tools, with his speed, first step and change of direction. He’s great in pursuit because of his closing speed. He also has those long arms and quick hands which he uses to keep blockers at bay. What’s maybe most remarkable about Jordan is how fluid he is. He has several pass rush moves, which he can look to develop in the coming years. It will help him a great deal, as he primarily looks to speed rush around blockers right now, much like Jarvis Jones.
Jordan is excellent in space already, and any defensive coordinator would have a lot of fun moving him all over the field. Presently, he looks more like a linebacker than a 4-3 defensive end. Adding bulk should be of the utmost concern to him, as he simply will not succeed as an every-down player at his current weight. However, he came to Oregon at 215 lbs., so he is fully capable of adding weight. When he does, his physical tools will make him a nightmare to block.