Dion Jordan Scouting Report

Dion Jordan NFL Draft

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Prospect: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 243 (Listed Weight, Rumored to be much lighter)
Grade: 7.3 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

Athleticism
+ Long lean, athletic frame with long arms
+ Very fluid edge athlete, turns hips well and changes direction with ease
+ Solid lateral agility, plays in space, can run with receivers
+ Above average straight line speed
+ Accelerates quickly, able to bend and turn the corner at high speed
+ Despite height and length, Jordan bends well and shows the ability to dip inside shoulder
+ Long and quick first step off the snap
- Lacks power, plays more of a finesse game
- Not the most physical player, relies on his athleticism and size size to win battles
- Needs to add core and lower body strength
- Rumors that he weighed only 225 pounds during season, would need to add 20 pounds to withstand NFL beating

Intangibles/Intelligence
+ Extremely versatile, can play standing up or from a three point stance
+ Multiple scheme fit, plays well on his feet and plays well in space
+ Able to drop into pass coverage, split out to cover slot WR and cover TE in middle of field
+ Gives consistent effort, chases from the backside and makes lots of plays down the filed
+ Good instincts in both coverage and vs. the pass, play recognition is above average
- Had shoulder injury at end of Senior Season (torn labrum)
- Still a bit raw overall
- Some question what position he will really play in NFL

Pass Rush
+ Quick first step off the ball, long, powerful strides with ability to win with speed
+ Explosive edge athlete with impressive length
+ Turns the corner well, dips inside shoulder and shows good flexibility for his size
+ Battles with his hands can get extension and then shed with quick secondary move
+ Above average closing burst, good explosion, uses his length and size to eat up space
+ Utilizes a power rip move when rushing and occasionally a swim move
+ Can rush from multiple positions, hand in dirt, standing up, out of the slot
+ Runs twists very well, tough to handle when rushing from the inside
- Can get overpowered and washed out of the play by quick/powerful OT
- If he gets stronger he will be able to add a variety of power rush moves

Run Defense 
+ Can penetrate and beat OT across his face to get into the backfield
+ Use his arm length to his advantage to get extension and the shed
+ Plays with adequate leverage despite his height
+ Burst off the snap allows him to get into the defender and create disruption
+ Comes off blockers and is able to make tackles with is long arms
+ Dangerous from the backside with his ability to run down ball carrier from behind
+ Playing as an OLB able to get into the flat and make open field tackles
- Struggles vs. double teams, lack a physicality hurts him vs lead blocks
- Susceptible to traps and double teams with his up-field explosion
- Takes himself out of plays at times by going around blocks
- Can be overpowered at point of attack and sealed from the hole

Technique
+ Good footwork when dropping in to the flats and into the middle of the field
+ Maintains good balance when running the wheel
+ Can disengage with suddenness and hand usage
+ Uses his hands well right now, can stand to be more violent with them
- Loses inside leverage vs. the run at times
- Will over-run the QB allowing a pocket to step up and throw into

Overview:
Dion Jordan is one of the most versatile players in the draft. He displays great athleticism along with fluid agility which allows him to play multiple positions and drop into coverage. It’s rare to find a player with his size and length than can not only drop into coverage, but do it well. Jordan can drop into the flats and cover the middle of the field or even line up covering the slot receiver. As a pass rusher he can rush from all over the field via a two or three point stance. He’s got very good quickness and explosion which allows him to beat blockers inside or off the edge.

Jordan will have to add some weight and muscle to his 6’6″ frame to withstand the physical nature of the NFL. Versus the run Jordan displays a very good motor and hustle which allows him to make plays all over the field. The only knock on Jordan is his lack of physicality as he prefers to rely on his athleticism to win his battles. The sky is the limit for Jordan as he has one of the most complete skill sets in this year’s draft.

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Dion Jordan, Scouting Reports

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