Potential Eagles target Dion Jordan to undergo surgery, be sidelined 3-4 months
Potential Eagles draft prospect Dion Jordan, a pass rusher from Oregon, will miss 3-4 months because of shoulder surgery. Jordan is expected to undergo surgery after he leaves the Scouting Combine to rectify a labrum injury sustained in the middle of last season.
Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan answers a reporter's question during media day for the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Oregon is scheduled to play Kansas State on Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Potential Eagles draft prospect Dion Jordan, a pass rusher from Oregon, will miss 3-4 months because of shoulder surgery. Jordan is expected to undergo surgery after he leaves the Scouting Combine to rectify a labrum injury sustained in the middle of last season.
The injury could theoretically affect Jordan's draft stock, although he'll likely be back in time for training camp. Jordan has not yet met with the Eagles in Indianapolis, although the Eagles coaching staff already has a good idea about Jordan and his personality.
Jordan, who measured at nearly 6-foot-7 and 248 pounds, started his career on offense before he was moved by Chip Kelly. His position coach was Jerry Azzinaro, who became the defensive line coach with the Eagles.
"They had a plan for me and I stuck with it," Jordan said. "And things worked out for the best for me."
Jordan's versaility is a benefit, and the Ducks used him in a variety of ways this past season. But he was clear about his one best attribute: rushing the passer.
"I feel like me lining up all over the field on defense shows my athleticism, shows that I understand the game and that I did a lot for the university," Jordan said. "But my whole thing is getting after the quarterback, so pass rush would be my No. 1."
Jordan is certainly a name to watch for the Eagles. There is uncertainty about how the Eagles pass rushers will translate to the defense, which has yet to be announced but will almost assuredly include elements of the 3-4.
Some other names to watch: Ziggy Ansah, Barkevious Mingo, Jarvis Jones.