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By Jonathan Bales

Cowboys’ Potential 2013 Draft Pick: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

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At NBC, I broke down Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.

At 6’7’’, Jordan has rare length. You’d think he’d be clumsy in his movements at that height, but Jordan is one of the most fluid defensive ends I’ve studied in years. He’s such an incredible athlete that he was used to cover receivers at times. I watched him press, turn, and run with a slot receiver on numerous occasions.

Jordan could be asked to drop into coverage in the pros as a potential 3-4 outside linebacker, but his skills would probably best be utilized as a pass-rusher. Jordan has elite speed off the edge, exploding at the snap of the ball and almost always beating his defender. Jordan uses his length well, always keeping separation from blockers so he can shed them to make plays. He contorts his body well so that offensive tackles can’t get their hands into his chest.

Check out the entire scouting report.

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