Cameron Jordan should suit Patriots' needs

February, 26, 2011
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INDIANAPOLIS -- California defensive end Cameron Jordan isn't bashful about revealing how he plans to perform in the NFL.

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AP Photo/Dave MartinDefensive lineman Cameron Jordan is considered versatile enough to play in any scheme.
"I'm a competitive person," Jordan said with a smile on his face. "I don't lose."

Jordan just gave one of the more entertaining news conferences from the NFL scouting combine so far. He's near the top of a deep class. Scouts Inc. rates him the fifth-best defensive end and the 18th-best overall player.

The Miami Dolphins draft 15th and wouldn't appear in the market for Jordan's services. The Dolphins have a crowded defensive line that might leave last year's 28th pick, Jared Odrick, a backup. As for pass-rush stability, sacks specialist Cameron Wake and last year's 40th overall pick, Koa Misi, already are on the roster.

But Jordan looks like a fit for the New England Patriots. They need front seven help and will draft 17th and 28th -- if they don't trade out of those spots.

ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay each project Jordan going to the Patriots at No. 17, the pick they acquired from the Oakland Raiders for Richard Seymour.

"The Patriots are a phenomenal team," Jordan said.

Jordan checked into the combine at 6-foot-4 and 287 pounds. He played left end in Cal's 4-3 defense, but he isn't concerned with switching to a 3-4 position -- possibly outside linebacker -- or punter, by the sounds of it.

"My motto is: Draft me, and I'll play anywhere," Jordan said. "I don't care where I play. I just want to be on the team. I want to play football. That's what I love doing.

"I have shown I can stand up. I can play a 3-technique. I can play a 5-technique. Put me anywhere, and I'll play."

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