The 2013 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and players have made their impact on NFL teams and personnel members. All that is left is private interviews where the players have an opportunity to showcase their intangibles during the one-on-one meetings.
While the private workouts and interviews are the final stages of evaluation for NFL teams, they will always go back to the film to see how the players performed this past season and throughout their entire career. With that in mind, we are going back through the games and watching some of the top draft prospects in this year’s class that your team could be welcoming to town in a matter of weeks.
Next up on the list of scouting reports is Oregon Ducks defensive end Dion Jordan.
Jordan has been unable to workout for teams during the draft process as he recovers from shoulder surgery, so the film review is especially important for his draft stock.
Luckily for Jordan and teams at the top of the draft in need of a pass rusher, the film is very impressive despite being plagued by the shoulder injury for much of the season. There is little doubt that Jordan will be a top five pick in this year’s draft class when it is all said and done, so now is the time to familiarize yourself with one of the most athletic pass rushers in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
Here’s what the tape had to say:
Player: Dion Jordan
- Elite pass rushing ability; impressive repotoire of moves
- Relentless effort
- Impressive frame
- Great length
- Uses length to get off of blockers
- Solid tackler
- Speedy first step
- Can play in space
- Scheme versatile; 4-3 DE, 3-4 OLB
- Great closing speed
- High football IQ
- Great instincts
- Very intelligent
- High ceiling
- Could bulk up
- Lack of physicality
- Relies heavily on athleticism
- Can over run pocket
- Takes himself out of plays by running around blocks
Jordan is a raw prospect, but his upside and athleticism are very intriguing to teams around the league. It is hard to imagine a scenario where Jordan will get past his old college football coach Chip Kelly when the Philadelphia Eagles are on the clock. Jordan needs to hit the weight room and continue to get stronger, but his lack of strength could be disguised if he is drafted by a 3-4 team that will keep him away from blockers.
If you’re looking for a relentless pass rusher that will never stop pursuing the quarterback, Jordan is your guy.
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