Dion Jordan – Defensive end
Height: 6’6 | Weight: 243 pounds | Oregon | Senior
Strengths: Jordan is a very good athlete which has helped him to be productive despite lacking the ideal bulk for a defensive end. He can anticipate the snap well and gets off the ball quickly using his speed and quick first step to beat the offensive tackle around the corner. He has a good burst to get to the ball carrier or quarterback and uses his long arms to wrap up and make the tackle. He does a good job getting his hands up to make an attempt to tip passes at the line of scrimmage. He has the agility and balance to change directions quickly which helps him to chase plays down the line of scrimmage.
Weaknesses: Jordan is not very strong at the point of attack against the run because of his thin build. He can get engulfed at times by the offensive lineman and struggles to disengage often. When he does not use proper leverage and keeps his pad level low he can be driven backwards by the offensive lineman. He does not have an array of pass rush moves, relying too often on the speed rush. He is not a power or knockout tackler, but more of a wrap up tackler.
Final Thoughts: Jordan has outstanding athleticism and long limbs that he uses well. He is not a natural pass rusher just yet, but he has the foot quickness, flexibility to bend his knees, and a burst to get to the quarterback once he gets around the offensive tackle’s block. He is still a bit raw with his pass rush moves and needs to upgrade in that area and not rely on just the speed rush all of the time. Jordan was rated as a 4-star tight end in high school by Scout.com and listed as the 8th overall tight end prospect. His strengths were listed as: hands & concentration, redzone threat, and size. Most notable names ahead of him was #1 Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings) and #8 Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis Colts). Oregon used his talents in a variety of ways lining him up as a stand up pass rushing defensive end, inside linebacker, and in the slot covering inside receivers. Some teams in the NFL should consider testing his hands on the jugs machine and his route running to see if he can offer them a legitimate receiving threat at tight end as well. I am actually scratching my head on why Oregon moved him to defensive end instead of leaving him at tight end. He looks to be more of a natural at tight end than defensive end. Jordan reminds me of Jermichael Finley of the Green Bay Packers with the same mannerisms. Overall, he will offer a team a ton of versatility and the ability to play multiple rolls on the defense. His stock should rise through the roof though if he shows he can offer something on offense as well.