- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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The second in a series highlighting players who could be selected by the Jets with the No. 9 overall pick in the April 25 draft:
Player: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 248 pounds
Scouts, Inc. ranking: 7
Draft projection: Second to ninth overall.
Scouting report: If Rex Ryan could build the ideal pass rusher, he'd probably make him a lot like Jordan. He has terrific size, with room to add weight, and he can flat out rush the quarterback. His explosiveness is on the elite level, as he demonstrated at the scouting combine -- the fastest 10-yard split (1.56 seconds) in the defensive-line group. Jordan has more than speed; he's a fluid athlete with great hips. How many 6-foot-6 pass rushers could line up in the slot and cover receivers and tight ends? He did that on a fairly regular basis. Right now, Jordan lacks bulk to be an every-down, edge-setting OLB in a 3-4, but he could follow the Aldon Smith route, starting out as a pass-rushing specialist as a rookie and becoming a starter in year two.
Key stats: He recorded 44 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss and five sacks last season. He notched a team-high 7.5 sacks in 2011.
Red flags: Jordan played with a bum shoulder through most of last season and underwent surgery after the combine to repair his labrum. The recovery time, he said, will be three to four months. He should be ready for training camp, but he could be limited and it could affect him in the regular season. In high school, he suffered second- and third-degree burns over nearly half his body, the result of a freak accident. He tried to siphon gas with an electric vacuum. He required skin grafts on his left leg.
In his own words: "I hurt myself the middle of our season, Colorado game, and it was just an unfortunate event. I went and made a tackle the wrong way. They say you shouldn’t arm tackle and I got the worst of it. But you know, I’ve dealt with it. I only missed one game last season. I dealt with it, and I feel like it shows my toughness, that I finished the season, I stayed true to my team and I made sure as a leader, as a senior of our team, it shows I’m willing to win and do what it takes to compete."