Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." -Muhammad Ali
"NIIIIIIIICE." -Jim Schwartz
Now Muhammad Ali probably had the catchier and more eloquent quote, but regardless Jim Schwartz is equally correct in his assessment of Dion Jordan. And I suppose that makes Ali clairvoyant. Or something along those lines.
Dion Jordan does float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. The quote epitomizes his style of play very well. It is well documented by this point that he is an athletic freak who can rush the passer effectively in any scheme while being able to drop back into coverage. To face a 4-3 DE who can effectively cover in the middle of the field
can will drive quarterbacks crazy. Jim Schwartz must be drooling harder than Andy Reid at a buffet at the prospect of being able to pair Jordan with noted player-stomper/interior beast Ndamukong Suh.
Jordan's strengths, weaknesses and combine statistics are all well documented by this point so there is no need to keep rehashing that. Plus, his weakness against the run may be a tad overstated because Jordan can run down ball carriers and seal the edges well; he will just struggle to take them on straight up. But it is a weakness that can be developed and worked on.
The fact is - the Lions have a glaring hole at a defensive end spot, and Jordan fits. This pick was difficult because the two ideal targets - Dee Milliner and Eric Fisher were off the board. Those two would have filled a need and been the best player available. But at this point, the best players available (in my opinion) were a pair of defensive tackles, Star Lotulei and Shariff Floyd. With Donkey Kong and Nick Fairley set at DT, those two would have been utterly redundant. So Schwartz finds them the new Neon Dion to join in on the quarterback hunting.
And if you don't think Jordan is the best pick here, Kevin Prince passionately begs to differ:
And if Prince's testimony doesn't flow for you, then allow a leaked transcript of a portion from one of Jordan's combine interviews to do the trick:
...yes I do like mac and cheese. No I do not like broccoli. Tuna is acceptable. Do I take long walks on the beach? Only sometimes. Blue X 72 Wing Trips Y Z 7 Spider. Mhm. Mhm. Liam Neeson. I hear that Roger Goodell guy's a total...
Alas, that's where the transcript cuts off. Maybe the good folks at CSC could finish that sentence? As well, let's hear your thoughts on Dion Jordan to the Lions below!
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||
OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
QB Geno Smith - West Virginia
||Dragon Ninja Warrior||48%|
CB Dee Milliner - Alabama
OT Eric Fisher - Central Mich.
DE Dion Jordan - Oregon