From the FanPosts. Thanks for the observations. -Joel
Well I was going to do a breakdown of Justin Houston instead but finding tape on college players is so much easier.
With all the talk about possibly trading down or who to take, I figured I would do the ole eye test on one of my favorites, Dion Jordan (LB, Oregon). I watched every snap against Stanford, Arizona State, Fresno and Washington State and here is what I saw. I will be taking into account his combine numbers, namely the 40 yard dash.
- High Motor- The dude flat out rarely if ever took a play off. He was usually used blitzing but he was usually near the ball carrier if it wasn't a deep pass. This is one thing you gotta like in linebackers. Even when a guy would pancake him, he would get right back up and continue with the same intensity.
- Versatile- This guy was all over the place. You can line him up just about anywhere and he will make it work. It is because of this, I would like to see what he could do as a MLB. Oregon even had him lined up at DE on their 3 man front. He was also used in coverage on some occasions and did quite well for someone his size. You can even use him on special teams.
- Pass Rush- When he was rushing the passer, he would almost always get to the QB. Didn't rack up the sacks but he was there almost always. When the pass was released, he would get up and run down field. There were some things I noticed that he could improve on but I will hit on that later.
- Run Defense- He was quite good against the run, which is something you don't see a lot in rush linebackers. I saw a number of times that they would run away from him and that says something.
- Size- He has great size at 6-foot-6 and a quarter inches tall and 248 lbs with the frame to tack on 20 pounds.
- Shoulder problems- I was reading that he had shoulder issues throughout his career at Oregon and that worries me. A bad shoulder tends to be one of those injuries that have a habit of coming back. Could cause his spectacular tackling to faultier a bit.
- One Move- This is a problem that can be fixed. He tends to go with his outside move and that's it. When he rushes up the middle, he tends to get caught and be taken out of the play. If taken by the Chiefs, he should get with Tamba's MMA coach as I really think it could benefit from it.
Overall I really like Dion with the Chiefs pick. Some might see it as a reach but any issues he has can be fixed with the proper coaching. If we could trade down a couple of spots and then pick him up, he could be great value. I can definitely see him becoming that final piece to our defensive puzzle that will cement this defense for years to come. While he may not put up a lot of sacks, the Chiefs really don't need him to because they have Tamba Hali and Justin Houston but all three can benefit from it. I think his athleticism and versatility is why the Chiefs would take him. There isn't much Dion Jordan can't do.
Sorry if this wasn't the best evaluation but this is my first time doing a breakdown on a player.