04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 20. Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon: Scouts love Jordan's potential but the front-office executive who considers investing a top-10 pick on him might question why he didn't make more big plays. The 6-6, 245-pound Jordan has as much athleticism as any player in the 2013 draft and offers the flexibility to rush the edge as well as drop into coverage (which he did as a linebacker and cornerback for the Ducks). Jordan relies on his speed as an edge rusher, however; he shows no advanced complementary inside move at this time. While he's capable of unique coverage responsibilities, he has never proven productive in this role, either, posting two passes broken up and zero interceptions in a pass-happy conference. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS: 4. Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan is exposed as overrated...The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Jordan might just be the most remarkable athlete in the 2013 draft but while he certainly possesses the upside to make scouts drool, general managers might wonder why he wasn't more productive in a pass-happy Pac-12 conference. Savvy talent evaluators will point out that Jordan was just as likely to drop back into coverage as rush the passer. Rather than actually make plays in coverage, however, Jordan simply took up space.
He registered just two pass breakups over his career and never intercepted a pass. He registered 7 1/2 sacks as a junior in his career-high campaign and just five a season ago. Oregon coaches tout his toughness and dedication, yet he's struggled with durability throughout his career. Jordan's upside warrants early consideration, but he is far from the sure thing that his cut-ups have led some to believe. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS: 1. Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan is a top-six lock and the top defensive player in this draft...Whether he goes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, Dion Jordan will be selected in the draft's top six selections. Not maybe or possibly. He will be taken somewhere in the top six picks. Jordan wasn't the most productive college player, but watching his college tape from Oregon, he was used as a versatile chess piece all over that defense. He lined up at pass rusher, dropped in space against the run and even in the slot to cover, acting as a nickel cornerback. At 6 feet 6 and 250 pounds, his athleticism has scouts really excited for his potential at the next level and that's why he won't last long on draft day. The Jaguars at two, Eagles at four and Browns at six are the most likely landing spots; he won't fall any farther. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/15/2013 - 2013 Oregon Pro Day: Despite the fact that potential top ten pick Dion Jordan was unable to participate at Oregon's Pro Day due to recent surgery to repair a torn labrum, scouts flocked to Eugene to watch a contigent of former Ducks show off their athleticism. While the media and agents were not allowed into the workout, representatives of 27 NFL teams, including Kansas City Chiefs' general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid were on hand for the workout. The Chiefs, of course, own the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft.
The most highly regarded (and debated) prospect for Oregon, pass rusher Dion Jordan, was unable to work out today after undergoing surgery recently to repair a partially torn labrum. The 6-6, 248-pounder didn't have to work out anyway after a sparkling performance at the combine in which he ranked among the most impressive defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash (4.60-seconds), broad jump (10'02), short shuttle (4.35) and three-cone drills (7.02). Due to the injury, Jordan didn't do anything Thursday, including work in the positional drills or even get measured, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/23/2013 - Plagued by a right shoulder injury much of the season, Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan will have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum. He plans to participate in every drill this week at the combine, excluding the bench press, and made a note to explain how excited he was to run. The timetable for the surgery rehab is "three to four months," according to Jordan, which would put him on track to be healthy for training camp in the summer. He played through the injury for the second half of the season after getting hurt in late October against Colorado while attempting to make a tackle.
A versatile prospect, Jordan played defensive end and linebacker in college, rushing the passer and dropping in coverage. He said he has received a lot of attention from NFL teams that utilize the 3-4 scheme that want him to play linebacker. Jordan agrees that scheme best fits his athleticism. "The whole thing is getting after the quarterback so the pass rush is my No. 1 thing with my athleticism," Jordan said. Jordan is a potential top-10 pick in April, but the question now is can he stay healthy in the NFL? - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: Although Oregon's Dion Jordan has been mentioned twice previously in this preview, he is too impressive of an athletic specimen to not include in this section. A fluid and smooth athlete for his size, Jordan looks more like a basketball small forward on the football field, effortlessly changing directions and staying light on his feet. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Tale of the tape: Due to a nagging right shoulder injury and the fast-paced nature of Chip Kelly's offense at Oregon, Dion Jordan played most of this past season in the 225-pound range. But for his taller stature (listed at 6-foot-7), scouts would like to see his weight come closer to 250 pounds. And with some questions about his ability to put on bulk, Jordan's measurements at the Combine will be very important, especially after not participating in the Senior Bowl. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: One of the most athletic and versatile defensive prospects in this draft class, Oregon's Dion Jordan, had good production as a senior (44 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks), but the statistics don't do him justice. Widely believed to be a first-round pick, he has a chance to cement his status as a top-10 player with strong results in Indianapolis. Jordan will need to impress not only in the agility drills but also with the medical evaluations and weigh-ins. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Dion Jordan earned first-team, all-Pac-12 honors for the second year in a row. The 6-foot-7, 243-pound senior began his career at tight end before moving to defense as a sophomore and now he is a likely first-round pick in the NFL Draft. Jordan is one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, given to the top linebacker in the country. He has 44 tackles, including 10.5 for loss and five sacks. - The Sports Xchange
11/27/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM: DL Dion Jordan, Sr., Oregon...has been selected First Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. Jordan is one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, given to the top collegiate linebacker in the country. He has recorded 44 tackles this season, including 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 quarterback sacks. - Oregon football
11/21/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S BEST LINEBACKER): Dion Jordan, Oregon (Sr.)...Oregon senior Dion Jordan is one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker. The others to make the final cut: C.J. Mosley of Alabama, Jarvis Jones of Georgia, Kevin Minter of LSU and Manti Te'o of Notre Dame. Jordan, from Chandler, Ariz., has missed time in recent games due to a shoulder injury. On the season he has 42 tackles (24 solo, 18 assists), 10.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and three forced fumbles. - Oregonian Sports
11/18/2012 - DE Dion Jordan returned to play against Stanford after missing last week's game due to a shoulder injury.
11/11/2012 - Oregon moved into the No. 1 spot in both major polls, which were released Sunday. The Ducks moved up from the No. 2 spot in the AP media poll and USA Today coaches poll after their rout of California on Saturday. Alabama, which was No. 1 for 10 weeks, fell to No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the coaches poll after falling 29-24 to Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa. Oregon (10-0) received 44 of 59 first-place votes in the coaches poll and 45 of 60 votes by the AP. Kansas State, also undefeated, moved up to No. 2 and received 14 first-place votes in both polls. Notre Dame, the third of three undefeated teams, received the other remaining first place vote and moved up to the No. 3 spot in both polls. It is the first time the Fighting have received a No. 1 vote since September of 2006. Georgia took over the No. 4 spot in the coaches poll after clinching a spot in the SEC title game after shutting out Auburn 38-0. Alabama fell to its lowest ranking in the coaches poll since the end of 2010. Alabama is still likely to meet Georgia in the conference championship game in Atlanta. No. 6 Florida State and No. 7 Florida remained in their same spots while LSU leapfrogged Clemson for No. 8 after topping then-No. 23 Mississippi State in the coaches poll. Ohio State is No. 6 by the AP but is ineligible to be ranked in the coaches poll. - The Sports Xchange
11/06/2012 - Week 10 Rewind: Oregon's Offense Frightening, But Defense Boasts Top 2013 Prospects: Explosive doesn't begin to describe Chip Kelly's offense but it might surprise fans to learn that the Oregon Ducks' top NFL prospects -- at least those eligible for the 2013 NFL draft -- line up on the defensive side of the ball. Hybrid pass rusher Dion Jordan has earned plenty of respect. The 6-5, 240 pound defensive end/outside linebacker/nickel cornerback currently ranks No. 21 on my Big Board and I'm certainly not alone in my appreciation for his unique combination of size and athleticism. With the Ducks' top defender sidelined early in the highly anticipated matchup against Southern Cal, however, Oregon had to turn to others on that side of the ball to slow down Matt Barkley, Marqise Lee, Robert Woods and the rest of the dynamic Trojans' offense. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/23/2012 - OCT 22 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: DE/OLB DION JORDAN, OREGON...For a team known for their offense, it's easy to overlook the talent the Ducks have assembled on the defensive side of the ball. And while many know the names "John Boyett" and "Kiko Alonso," it's Oregon hybrid defensive end Dion Jordan that has NFL scouts excited. On the national stage last Thursday at Arizona State, Jordan showcased his versatility to line up on the line of scrimmage as a stand-up defensive end, in the box as a linebacker or in the slot, covering inside receivers. Yes, I said in the slot on receivers, a spot usually reserved for defensive backs. But Jordan has rare athleticism for his size, showing loose hips and smooth footwork to move naturally in any direction. He looks like a basketball small forward in football pads with fluid athleticism for a player with his height and length. Listed at 6-7 and 240 pounds, Jordan needs to continue to add weight and fill out his frame, lacking much of a power element to his game. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/23/2012 - OCT 22 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: DE/OLB DION JORDAN, OREGON...As a pass rusher, he has a quick first step with acceleration to beat blockers and flatten out to close on the quarterback, recording two sacks against the Sun Devils and giving him a team-best five on the season. Jordan doesn't have the heaviest hands, but he's extremely quick with his mitts, making it tough for blockers to combat them. There are some questions about where his natural position is at the next level, but any creative defensive coordinator will be able to utilize Jordan's impressive blend of size and speed. Jordan's extraordinary physical tools will likely land him in the first round, now the question is how high? - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/18/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Oregon's defense has been among the best in the conference, giving up 359.8 yards and 20 points per game. Oregon is also among the top rushing defenses in the Pac-12, allowing 126.8 yards per game. The Ducks have been even tougher on third and fourth down. Opponents are converting only 29.2 percent of third downs into a first down, the second-best rate among conference defenses, while opponents' 23.1 success rate on fourth down is the best mark in the Pac-12. - The Sports Xchange
08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: DION JORDAN, OREGON, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. A 6-7, 241-pounder from Chandler, Ariz., Jordan is one of six Pac-12 players and 40 overall on the preseason list. He also enters his final college season on watch lists for the Bednarik Award (defense), Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman) and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defense). Jordan, who began his collegiate career as a receiver and tight end for the Ducks, earned first-team all-conference honors last season after rating fifth in the Pac-12 in quarterback sacks (7.5) and seventh in tackles for loss (13). He recorded all but 1.5 of his sack total over UO's final seven games in 2011. - Oregon football
07/22/2012 - Top-five Oregon prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. OLB/DE Dion Jordan...Jordan signed with Oregon as a highly regarded prep tight end and only made the switch to the defensive side of the ball in the spring of 2010. As a reserve defensive end for the Ducks in 2010 Jordan registered 33 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. To take advantage of his unique combination of burst off the snap and length, Oregon created a hybrid role for Jordan in 2011, lining him up as a stand-up pass rusher and moving him around to find favorable matchups. Demonstrating surprising fluidity for such a tall player, Jordan exploded for 13 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, each of which led the team, earning First Team all-conference honors from Pac-12 coaches. Rarely asked to play with his hand in the dirt as a traditional defensive end, Oregon helped protect Jordan as a run-defender as he lacks the bulk to consistently set the edge against 300 pound behemoths. Jordan's long arms and vision, however, allow him to disengage from most blockers quickly and he plays with a high-revving motor, often pursuing the ball-carrier yards downfield. Teams looking for a traditional 3-4 rush linebacker will be intrigued by Jordan as he times the snap well, shows the flexibility to dip under the reach of tackles and closes quickly. Unlike most "defensive ends" asked to make the transition to outside linebacker, Jordan has experience in coverage, as he was routinely asked to line up over the slot receiver initially, showing the balance and awareness to give a creative NFL defensive coordinator a variety of ways in which he can rattle the opposing quarterback. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston
07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. - The Charlotte Touchdown Club
07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Dion Jordan, Oregon, DE, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. Jordan earned first-team all-conference honors last season after rating fifth in the Pac-12 in quarterback sacks (7.5) and seventh in tackles for loss (13). - Oregon football
05/09/2012 - Dion Jordan is flattered, but ultimately unmoved by comparisons. Oregon's defensive end has heard most of them -- Jevon Kearse, Terrell Suggs, Dwight Freeney, to name a few. Not exactly shoddy company, mind you. "I think it's cool and I've been compared to a few of those guys in the past," Jordan said. "But I want to bring my own game to the table. I've watched those guys in the film room. I've studied the great pass-rushers and outside linebackers that drop into coverage. I want to get as much as I can out of them and then roll that into my own game." And if all goes according to plan, Jordan's game in 2012 will be to create chaos. Jordan, a returning first-team all-conference defensive end last season, was one of the most disruptive players in the Pac-12, finishing fourth in the league with 7.5 sacks. There's no reason to believe he isn't poised for equal or better numbers in his senior season. Nor is it out of the realm of possibility to consider him a legitimate candidate for conference defensive player of the year. "First, I've got to finish up school, graduate and become a better leader for my teammates on the field," said Jordan, who totaled 13 tackles for a loss last year. "My main goal is to get after the quarterback more so I can increase those stats. That will help me and my team a lot. If I can get my hands on the ball, I believe I can get in the end zone one or two times." - Kevin Gemmell, ESPN