Cleveland Browns Draft: Spotlight on DE/LB Dion Jordan

By Ryan Ruiz
Jim Rider-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe it’s all one big smoke screen. Maybe the Cleveland Browns‘ most pressing need is an outside rush linebacker/defensive end. Maybe that’s the direction the Browns are going to head and fool just about everybody.

If they do decide to pull the covers over everyone, Dion Jordan from the Oregon Ducks may not be a bad way to do it. The kid is an absolute stud and is easily the best linebacker/defensive hybrid in the draft. At 6-foot-6 and 248 pounds, Jordan is a fighter and not afraid of serious contact. Recruited as a highly-regarded tight end, Jordan switched to defense on the Ducks after a brief stint on offense, and did not disappoint.

During his Oregon career, the 23-year-old accumulated 14.5 sacks, 29 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and picked off one pass. Looking at Jordan on film, he compares a lot to Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers. However, Jordan may be faster as he ran a  4.6 forty yard dash at the NFL Combine.

While there is plenty of upside to the future pro player, the downside is that Jordan ended his college career injured. There were reports that he may have a torn labrum in his right shoulder. This is because of his willingness to throw his shoulder into another player to free up one of his teammates.

The Browns signed Paul Kruger this offseason for a rush linebacker, so the odds of taking Jordan are slim. Cleveland has other desperate concerns, and Jordan may not be the best available player on the board when the sixth pick goes on the clock. In 10 days, we will find out.

Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer. Please Follow Me on Twitter @ryanpruiz24

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