Jordan Ascending Up Charts

Chip Kelly moved Dion Jordan early in his career at Oregon from offense to defense. Now Jordan finds himself ascending up the draft charts.

Indianapolis, Ind. - When it comes to defensive players in the 2013 NFL Draft none may be as versatile as Oregon's Dion Jordan.

Jordan, 6-5 ½ and 248-pounds, was recruited by the Ducks and Chip Kelly to play on the offensive side of the ball. That didn't last long.

"I was supposed to come to Oregon and catch the ball," Jordan said. "It just didn't work out. And I understood that at the time and it was the best opportunity for me to get on the field. Coach [Chip] Kelly had a plan for me and it work out."

Did it ever. Jordan is a dynamic defensive player who lined up everywhere at Outzen Stadium. About the only person he didn't defend was the popcorn maker. Jordan rushed the passer, played everyone on the defensive front and even lined out on the outside and covered the slot receivers.

"I have ability and size and the way they played me was unique," Jordan said. "Pass rush is my primary thing but I lined up everywhere. I have athleticism and can do a lot in the game. But being a pass rusher is my No. 1 thing."

Jordan has been one of the draft risers of late and he credits his versatility to that distinction.

"Again, that shows my ability," Jordan said. "I understand the game. I understand defense. And being a former offensive player I understand offense."

Jordan will be somewhat limited at the Combine, doing everything but the bench press. Like Alabama's Dee Milliner he has a torn labrum. Jordan suffered the injury against Colorado and will have surgery next week.

"It was an unfortunate event where I made an arm tackle," explained Jordan. "I only missed one game so I think that showed my toughness. I finished the season and showed I do what it takes.

"I will go to Los Angeles next week and have the surgery. They are saying it will be a three to four rehab process. My focus and goal is to attack rehab and be ready for camp."

Jordan's skill set looks best suited in a 3-4 scheme and he says those are the teams he's hearing from the most this week.

"It's what I played in college and it's [a scheme] where a team can use my athleticism. I can rush the passer and line up all over.

"I know I will have to improve. I have to improve my strength because I know it's a big boy game."


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