Feature Photo by Gary Breedlove
We all knew Dion Jordan would be a top pick the minute he played defensive end in a game. Barner, a consistent and all-time great Duck running back has received obvious praise, but has also attracted some questions about durability and strength between the tackles. What better way to break down two of Oregon’s greatest players at their respective positions than by putting them through the ESPN Sports Science Gauntlet.
Dion is just a freak. He posted the third best rating (92.1) of any defensive end in the history of the show just behind Demarcus Ware and Dwight Freeney. Dion cuts with his leg at a 40 degree angle, the same as Arian Foster. Probably the most amazing statistic in the segment is that his ten yard acceleration is as fast as any receiver in this year’s draft. I’m glad I’m not an offensive player in the NFL.
Barner’s segment blew my mind. I’ll admit, I have been a critic of Barner at times, not that he isn’t a great running back – which is glaringly apparent – but I just felt he could run through defenders a little bit more. He runs through the heavy bags like a champion, posting the best time of any running back in the draft. His cutting ability also looks smoother than any back I have seen. You could practically throw a glass of water on his head and watch it stay vertical.
These two players were phenomenal college athletes, but they don’t seem to be stopping here. Both Jordan and Barner are All-Pro potential players and these Sports Science clips prove it.