Next up on my Browns' Potential Draft Target Breakdown series is Dion Jordan, DE from The University of Oregon. An intriguing prospect for any team in search of a multi-faceted and versatile OLB. I know there are lots of mocks and rankings out there but when I analyze a player, I focus on what I see on the tape and I how I feel that will project at the next level. Thanks again to the fellas over at draftbreakdown.com, I was able to watch and re-watch every one of Dion Jordan's games available there from the 2012 season.


The Good

Jordan has tremendous potential and owns a skill set more diverse than any LB in this class. At 6'7", 243 pounds, his athleticism, speed and ability to cover the TE or WR in the slot (and dominate them) will be hard for any NFL team to resist in the first round. And this is after they've considered that in only his 2nd season as a pass rushing DE he was able to bend the edge better than almost any other DE/OLB. Jordan has a motor that is relentless and he's always flying to the ball, even 20 yards downfield. His contribution on special teams this season is something NFL team may find valuable.

Jordan switched from TE to DE in 2010. In his first year starting (2011) he recorded 42 tackles and 7.5 sacks. In 2012 Jordan recorded 44 tackles, 10.5 tackels for a loss, 5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. He was a finalist for the Butkus Award in 2012 which goes to the best linebacker in college football each season. His production wasn't eye popping, but it was consistent. The thing that resonated with me was that his performance seemed to get better as the games went on.

Jordan shows strong use of his hands and hand moves. These seem very natural for him. He uses spin moves but is still raw in terms of being a finished product here. He shows elite coverage skills for his position and is able to shift his hips and mirror the receiver. He can jam them at the line and break their route due to his size and speed, often dominating slot WR's and TE's in passing situations.