Outside Linebackers OLB 1) Dion Jordan School: Oregon, Sr. Height: 6’ 6” Weight: 248 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.60
“call Dion Jordan Mr. Versatility” Jordan is the most natural 3-4 outside linebacker prospect of the bunch. But as a pass-rusher, he’s currently a one-trick pony: speed on the edge. Against the run, Jordan is too lean to take on pulling guards, but holds his ground well against tight ends. Has gotten by with good pad level and ability to disengage from blocks but will need to get much stronger in the NFL.
44 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 3 FF
In a nutshell: Just call Dion Jordan “Mr. Versatility.” He lined up as a stand-up defensive end and outside linebacker, playing on either edge. More impressive is that Jordan dropped into coverage quite a bit, sometimes lining up in the slot, covering tight ends and receivers. There’s no doubt Jordan has the best combination of length, speed and athleticism among the linebacker candidates. He moves like the former tight end he was, showing unique fluidity and nimble feet.
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2) Damontre Moore School: Texas A&M, Jr. Height: 6’ 4” Weight: 248 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.95 In a nutshell: Only 20 years old, Damontre Moore has as much upside as any potential 3-4 outside linebacker in this Draft. He’ll only get stronger, but already exhibits the power, quickness, and flexibility that translates well to the hybrid position. Moore needs a year in the weight room and technique work as a pass rusher, but the natural ability is all there. As a pass rusher, Moore shows an array of abilities.
He has just enough speed to win the edge, the power to bull-rush tackles and the quickness to make his inside College career: A former tight end, moves successful. He closes on the Jordan converted to the defensive quarterback with speed and delivers side of the ball as a sophomore. As a hard hit. a junior, Jordan garnered first-team All-Pac-12 honors, often lining up On tape, Moore was better against in several different positions on the run than better against the run consecutive plays. For the year, he than expected. He locates the ball managed to rack up 42 tackles, 13 and pursues sideline to sideline, nevfor a loss and 7.5 sacks. er giving up until the whistle blows. Like Clay Matthews, he makes a lot By the time you read this, Jordan of hustle tackles pursuing from the will have undergone surgery for a backside. torn labrum in his shoulder. The surgery will unfortunately limit Moore is similar to Aldon Smith, Jordan’s ability to “beef up” before but whereas Smith was not a 3-4 training camp.. outside linebacker and would be a future All-Pro as a 4-3 defensive 2012 stats: 44 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5 end, Moore could be a near All-Pro sacks, 3 FF at either position in a few years.
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