Future Lions: Jordan Enticing at No. 5

Dion Jordan has the speed, athleticism and height that would make him a strong fit to play defensive end in the Lions wide-nine system.

With the NFL draft around the corner, the Detroit Lions are preparing for the last significant opportunity to improve their roster before the kickoff of the 2013 season.

The Lions have surprised with some of their selections over the last few years and predicting which direction they take may not be an exact science.

Before the draft (April 25-27), we take a look at the most likely candidates the Lions could select in round one. Today, we evaluate Dion Jordan.

Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Oregon

Why the Lions Would Be Interested

Jordan has the speed, athleticism and height that would make him a strong fit to play defensive end in the Lions wide-nine system.

He has an extremely high ceiling as a pass rusher and the Lions would maximize his ability to succeed by putting him in a position that accentuates his talents.

His long arms and big hands can help him close on a quarterback quickly as well as bat passes out of the air – which could aid the Lions when teams decide to get rid of the ball quickly against them.

Why the Lions Would Pass

Jordan doesn't have a tremendous amount of experience at the defensive end position and might take some time to adapt to a role at end in a 4-3 scheme.

He also has some durability concerns, missing two games and being limited in others in 2012 after a shoulder injury. He had surgery in March to repair the injury with an expected recovery time of two-to-three months.


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