Welcome to our 2013 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Rob Quinn. Rob is putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.
If there’s someone out there who has piqued your interest and you want to know a little but more about him before April rolls around, get at Rob and request he put a profile together. You can email him at RQUINN619@billsmafia.com with a request.
The series isn’t Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Rob will include thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall, the goal is to educate you on some of the names you’ll hear called in April.
Defensive End / Outside Linebacker
Dion Jordan is one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. At 6’7” and 245 pounds, he has exceptional size and length to match his incredible athleticism. Jordan was originally recruited by Oregon to play tight end, but was switched to the defensive side of the ball in order to better utilize his athletic ability. In his three years with the Ducks, Jordan recorded 119 tackles, 29 of which came for a loss, and 14.5 sacks.
Jordan is at his best when lined up as a standup pass rusher, but he was used at a variety of positions during his collegiate career. Oregon put him at defensive end, linebacker, and even had him line up as a slot cornerback. This versatility has made scouts rave of the endless possibilities for Jordan in the National Football League as more and more teams are turning towards “hybrid” defenses with players that fit different roles. Jordan is rangy in coverage and has extremely long arms that he uses well to his advantage. He carries himself well and changes direction with ease. Jordan relies on a speed rush to beat offensive linemen, but he has an exceptional bend when turning the corner. His burst and first step off the snap is second-to-none, which makes him an ideal fit as a 4-3 defensive end, but he projects well as a 3-4 outside linebacker and even a 4-3 strongside linebacker.
While Jordan’s size has been raved about, it’s been reported that he struggled to keep his listed weight of 245 pounds, and played most of his career at about 225 pounds. If he wants to be an every-down defensive end/ outside linebacker, he needs to bulk up in order to consistently compete with the stronger offensive linemen in the National Football League. Jordan struggles mightily against the run, as he doesn’t have the necessary lower body strength to anchor, and he bites far too often on play action. His height can work against him as well, as Jordan routinely plays way too high and upright, failing to get proper leverage to effectively take on blockers. This causes him to get knocked around quite a bit against the run. If he can’t bulk up and gain more strength, he may struggle to be anything more than a situational pass rusher at the next level.
How He Fits The Bills
Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine described a “hybrid” and “multiple” defense that the Bills would utilize. Dion Jordan certainly fits the hybrid mold, as he is athletic enough to play in a variety of defensive schemes. He can get after the quarterback, and pairing Jordan with Mario Williams could make for a lethal defense in Buffalo.
Projected Draft Position
Top 15 Pick
Pro Player Comparison
Michael Johnson, Chandler Jones