The 2013 NFL Draft is only two months away and with the combine well underway teams should start getting a feel for who they want to draft. This year the New Orleans Saints have the 15th overall pick in the draft and they desperately need some help on the defensive end.
One prospect that could be available at 15 for the Saints is Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.
Jordan is an interesting prospect because of his frame and athletic versatility. As a freshman, Jordan was actually a tight end even though he never saw action as a receiver. Then in his sophomore year, he was converted to a defensive end, and proved to be a defensive anchor for the Ducks.
Jordan stands at 6’7” 243 pounds and is a very quick defensive lineman, and uses his speed and athleticism to get in position to make the tackle or sack the quarterback. Furthermore, with his long arms he can create space against opposing offensive linemen and would definitely be able to swat a lot of passes down. Also, given his versatility, Jordan excels against the run and can chase down opposing teams’ running backs.
The Saints have been looking for a good pass rusher for years, and Jordan could fit the bill. He will definitely need to add some weight to his lean frame when he gets to the NFL, but I do not see that being a problem for him to do so while maintaining his athleticism.
Jordan played defensive end while at Oregon, but many scouts see him as a perfect fit to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive alignment. With the Saints switching to a 3-4 alignment and Rob Ryan as the new defensive coordinator, the former Oregon player seems like the perfect fit for the Saints.
It is not often that a team has a chance to draft the perfect player for their team, but the Saints have that opportunity. If Jordan is still available, the Saints should strongly consider using their 15th overall pick to draft him.