Wondering who might be some perennial Pro Bowlers from this draft class? Godfather of scouting Gil Brandt answers the question for NFL.com and while the group is heavy on offensive and defensive linemen, there’s a lot to learn from Brandt’s evaluation of this year’s class. While he talks at length about players like Eric Fisher, Jonathan Cooper and Barkevious Mingo, here’s what he has to say about Dion Jordan, a player who has been often linked to the Jets with the 9th pick.
Jordan’s got real star potential. He could have used a torn labrum as an excuse for not working out at the combine, but he didn’t; the only thing he didn’t do was lift. I love the attitude of anyone who works out when they don’t have to. I also love his length (6-6 1/4). Jordan is very fast, has long arms and good change of direction. Between his attitude, aggressiveness and athleticism, there’s a good chance that whoever drafts him will have a star on their hands.
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.comJordan is now undergoing surgery and rehab so that he’ll be ready for the start of training camp. If Jordan isn’t to your liking as a pass-rusher, read about Mingo or Ansah or any of the other players that make his list. But Brandt is right about that “gamer” mentality that you like to see from a guy like Jordan who worked out despite not being able to be at his absolute best. Unfortunately, the success of players can come down to injury management, and scouts and coaches will like the dedication that they saw from Jordan during his time at the Combine.