The Phinsider's video review of 2013 NFL Draft prospects continues with a look at Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan, a lanky, powerful pass-rusher whose athleticism and frame should draw plenty of attention from teams in search of a hybrid-style end prospect this spring.
Jordan has been one of the more popular draft prospects among Phinsider visitors over the last few months, and for good reason: He's a pass-rusher in the Jason Pierre-Paul/Aldon Smith mold, and he's really good in coverage (not many 6'6" linemen look comfortable dropping down to cover slot receivers, but Jordan pulls it off). Some things to note while watching the provided highlight reel:
- Jordan's game could still use a bit of polish, but he flashes a nice bull rush on tape and works that classic pass-rush bend when attempting to gain the edge on offensive tackles. Hand placement could still use some work, and his jump off the line of scrimmage ranges from lightning fast to a quarter-count late. However, it's reasonable to assume that Jordan will further develop his overall technique under coaching at the next level.
- Jordan is no great shakes as a run defender, but he's outstanding when it comes to backside pursuit. For those of you who continue to dismiss Jordan based on his ability against the run, consider this scouting report from spring 2010:
"Still developing (as a run defender). Needs to play with lower pad level. Struggles to generate leverage and anchor when teams elect to run at him. Will turn his back to the play against double-teams and is easily rooted off the line of scrimmage when he does. Still learning how to use his hands properly to disengage. Above-average burst and long legs give him a wide range. Takes proper angles in pursuit and can get down the line from the back side to get involved in the play. Long arms provide him with solid overall tackling skills and he flashes the ability to deliver violent hits on occasion."
That was, of course, Scouts Inc.'s breakdown of then-South Florida pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul. Good thing the Giants were able to get past JPP's inadequacies as a run defender! Of course, JPP was already 270 pounds at USF; Jordan is currently in the 250-pound range (reports indicate that he could be in the 260 range by late February). Jordan's somewhat slight frame will concern some Dolphins fans, but it's likely he'll have a stronger, thicker build than Georgia pass-rush behemoth Jarvis Jones, who could be the first defensive player drafted next spring.
Ultimately, the question will be whether Jordan is worth the No. 12 pick overall. Based on his raw-yet-absolutely-effective ability as a pass-rusher, his coverage ability and the hand-in-glove fit he'd offer to Miami's hybrid defensive scheme, I say yes ... yes, he is.