Cards meet with fierce inside 'backer in Indy

GM Rod Graves will focus on linebackers in this April's draft as he looks to smooth the transition to the 3-4 defense. Through the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, one prospect has caught the Cards' attention with his monster numbers and relentless play. Find out who he is and what he would do for Arizona in this Cardinalinsider.com exclusive.

Jordon Dizon (6'0", 220 pounds) was a four-year starter at Colorado. In 2007, he had 114 solo tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions. He was the only representative from the Big 12 for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's best linebacker.

Dizon has incredible speed and reads and reacts quickly. He uses his nonstop motor to sift through the trash and make plays from sideline to sideline.

Dizon has cherished the opportunity to interact with NFL coaches this offseason, both at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. He has used the meetings to impress future employers and improve his game.

"You take in everything they say, because whatever they say is only going to benefit you in the long run. So, be coachable," he said.

Dizon lacks prototypical size for an NFL linebacker. His other downfalls include struggling to get off blocks and failing to shadow running backs in man coverage.

Despite his shortcomings, he feels he has nothing to prove between now and the draft.

"Whatever I did, I did already. They can judge me in all the games I played. They can judge me off of that and there's nothing really I can do," he said.

Dizon, likely a fifth-round prospect, would have a chance to start opposite Gerald Hayes in Arizona's revamped 3-4 defense. Even if he comes off the bench, Dizon provides great value as a sub and on special teams.

If Dizon is drafted by the Cardinals, he plans to do what he did throughout his college career: play hard.

"If something goes wrong, then just forget about it and show them that I can play ball. That's my main goal," he said.


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