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Another possible hurdle awaits Dion Jordan before NFL

Posted by on January 8, 2013 – 5:36 pm

Former Chandler High football stud Dion Jordan earned an exclamation point to his terrific college football career at Oregon in coming back home and helping Oregon win the Fiesta Bowl.

After the 6-foot-7, 240-pound defensive end standout ran for a two-point conversion after the game’s opening touchdown, he made a couple nice plays at his usual defensive end spot, but a shoulder injury forced him out of the game prematurely. It was a bummer of a way to finish his tenure after being a two-time all-Pac 12 first team defensive honors and Butkus award finalist after switching from tight end to defense as a sophomore.

He’s unlikely to play in the Senior Bowl, and surgery is, unfortunately, a reasonable possibility.
How his injury, possible surgery and recovery affects his NFL combine and draft status remains to be seen.

He’s projected as a mid-to-late first round pick because of his pass rushing abilities, speed and length. He’ll probably need to put on some weight to better compete against NFL offensive lineman, especially against the run, but he has always been tall and lanky, so adding weight to his frame is certainly feasible.

Given his future, surgery (though never a sure thing) might be prudent thing toward achieving a full recovery (otherwise there would still be questions about his health).

Given his well-documented past (mother overcoming drug addiction after 20 years and the gasoline siphoning accident during high school which severely burned half of his body) and above-the-board disposition, this hopes to be little more than another hiccup on his way to Sundays.

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