NFL Nation: Steve Jordan

Todd McShay's latest mock draft Insider, published Wednesday on, offers three scenarios for each spot before deciding on a selection. It's worth noting that, hours after we asked you about Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, McShay has both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions passing on him.

You'll need an Insider subscription to view the entire draft, but here's how it shook out for the four NFC North teams:

12. Minnesota Vikings
McShay's pick:
Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan
Seifert comment: The son of former Vikings tight end Steve Jordan would be a solid pick, but taking him ahead of Bowers? That can only mean the Vikings would have serious concerns about Bowers' knee. Another possibility: Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo.

13 Detroit Lions
McShay's pick:
Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara
Seifert comment: This remains a dream scenario as far as I'm concerned. When we discussed this issue earlier this month, I wasn't considering Bowers as a true option. But the Lions' need for a cornerback is acute.

29. Chicago Bears
McShay's pick:
Baylor guard Danny Watkins
Seifert comment: I would be fine with a guard in this spot, especially considering that five offensive tackles are already off the board in this scenario. I wonder, however, if the Bears would trade out of the pick if that situation arises.

32. Green Bay Packers
McShay's pick:
UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers
Seifert comment: As we've noted all along, outside linebacker is one of the Packers' few actual needs. Be it Arizona's Brooks Reed or Ayers, the pick makes sense.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The locker rooms in San Diego and Kansas City could do a lot worse than adding a player like Cameron Jordan to the mix.

One of the fastest rising players on draft board, the California defensive end/linebacker emerged as one of the most entertaining and engaging players who met the media this weekend. His press session Saturday was must-attend material.

Jordan forced his confidence on the room. He promised a strong performance during the combine.

“I don’t lose. I’m going in with the mentality tomorrow that this is mine. Everything I do, I’m going to win.”

It’s difficult not to believe Jordan. He emerged as a star of the Senior Bowl in January. He is considered one of the best pure pass-rushers in a draft full of strong pass-rushers.

San Diego (which picks No. 18) and Kansas City (which picks No. 21) could be in the market for a player like Jordan.

If Jordan has a strong combine, both teams might have to trade up to get him. Combine his on-field production, his quality personality and strong workout numbers, and Jordan -- the son of former NFL tight end Steve Jordan -- has the making of a top-10 pick. Jordan said he has talked to a “plethora” of NFL teams.

He said he wants to exceed the NFL success of his father, and that his sunny disposition shouldn’t confuse anyone.

“If you see my film, I’m hitting people,” Jordan said. “I’m laying people out. There’s sort of a switch. I still got the smile on, but it’s all for a different motive. It will be the biggest smile on me to hit a quarterback and hear the wind come out of his chest. That pleases me the most.”

Come on, San Diego or Kansas City, get this guy to the AFC West. We could use the good copy.

Cameron Jordan should suit Patriots' needs

February, 26, 2011
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."

Three minutes into an engaging interview, a reporter asked Jordan whether he can transform from a happy-go-lucky guy into a vicious tackler on game days.

"If you see my film, I'm hitting people. I'm laying people out," Jordan said with a laugh. "Actually, there's sort of a switch because I still have the smile on my face, but it's all for a different mode.

"It'll put the biggest smile on me to hit a quarterback and hear the wind come out of his chest. That just pleases me the most."

Jordan is the son of former Minnesota Vikings tight end Steve Jordan, a six-time Pro Bowler.

Despite the bloodline, Jordan's dream was to play point guard.

"That's what I thought I was going to be," Jordan said. "I thought I was going to be the next A.I. [Allen Iverson]. I don't think I have the frame for that. I'm a little bigger than he is. I thought I was going to be Kevin Garnett. That didn't pan out as well.

"Football better suits me."

Typical kid, Jordan admitted he hasn't taken all of his old man's advice.

"He always gave me tips on how to beat a guy, control a guy," Jordan said. "He gives any tips that he can. I may listen to about 45 percent of it.

"He is my father, so I listen to most of it. But 55 percent does slip in one ear and out the other. He'll tell you the same thing.

"My father was a great player, but I'm going to be better than him."