The NFL combine finished up on Tuesday with a former Duck quickly flying to the top of the rankings. Dion Jordan put on a show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where he wowed scouts with speed and athleticism throughout workouts at the combine. Jordan, who originally came to Eugene as a top-10 nationally rated tight end prospect, showed he still has the speed, even after his continued physical growth which pushed him to become a defensive end. His 40 yard dash time of 4.6 flat blew away NFL scouts, increasing his value in the April draft.
To put Jordan’s 40 yard dash time in perspective, former Duck and teammate Kenjon Barner ran a 4.52 40 yard dash while highly touted linebacker Manti Te’o out of Notre Dame ran a disappointing 4.82 time. Jordan’s combine workouts were so impressive that ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that Dion Jordan has the chance to be a top five draft pick after a great week at the combine.
Jordan’s sudden surge into a top five prospect was largely unexpected. He is a great versatile player that any team can use. He is athletic enough to rush the passer and beat offensive lineman on the edge, but also has the potential to drop back in coverage and cover tight ends or receivers in the slot. Rumors have been swirling in the City of Brotherly Love that Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in taking Jordan with the fourth pick of the draft. This could be a dream come true for Chip Kelly, who could use Dion in the same way he used him at Oregon on defense.