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Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Height: 6-6. Weight: 248. Arm: 33.78.
40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2013): Top-10 Pick.
4/24/13: Jordan’s stock has continued to rise in the lead up to the 2013 NFL Draft to the point that he is a consensus projection to be a top-five pick. Jordan could add enough weight to play defensive end in the NFL, or he could maintain in the 250s and still play outside linebacker.
Jordan notched 44 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and five sacks this season. His pass-rushing opportunities were hurt because the Ducks often dropped him back into pass coverage. Jordan plays well in space and would definitely fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL, but he is so fast and athletic he could play outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.
Jordan put on a clinic in the field drills at the Combine. He was extremely fast in the 40, fluid in the field drills and a natural as an outside linebacker. Jordan is having shoulder surgery and could start to add weight to his frame once he is done rehabbing.
Jordan could become an elite pass-rusher off the edge in the NFL due to his speed and athleticism. He has a ton of upside and appears to be just scratching the surface of his talent.
8/27/12: Jordan is a raw prospect who has some upside. He was a tight end early in his college career before switching to defensive end in 2010. Jordan had 33 tackles and 5.5 tackles for a loss as a sophomore. Jordan made real strides last year and produced a lot more with 42 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. The junior was a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection.
Jordan needs to fill out his frame to hold up on the edge in the NFL. If the senior continues to improve his production this season, he could move up higher on the second day of the draft.
Kyle Long, OT/G, Oregon
Height: 6-6. Weight: 313. Arm: 32 1/8. Hand: 10 7/8.
40 Time: 4.94.
Projected Round (2013): 1-2.
4/24/13: Long tried for, and was denied, another year of eligibility, so he entered the 2013 NFL Draft class. The athletic blocker used to be a defensive lineman like his Hall of Fame father, Howie Long, and Pro Bowl brother, Chris Long.
Kyle Long was excellent at opening running lanes for Kenjon Barner and protecting his quarterback in 2012. Long is very strong and extremely fast. His speed and athleticism was on firmly on display at the Combine. He only played one season at Oregon, so he could use more development in the NFL.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Long rises up draft boards in the months to come. His great bloodlines will help him to get selected earlier and overcome some off-the-field problems. Long started out his career on Florida State’s baseball team before getting in trouble and leaving the school. He went through junior college on his way to Oregon.
Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Height: 6-3. Weight: 238. Arm: 32.18.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2012): 2-4.
4/24/13: There are mixed grades on Alonso because due to off-the-field issues. He had a few arrests during his collegiate career.
Alonso put together an impressive senior season that he definitely needed after getting trouble with the law. Alonso recorded 81 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, four interceptions, one sack, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles. Alonso finished 2011 with 46 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks. He didn’t play in his previous three seasons at Oregon. Alonso was unable to work out at the Combine.
Alonso could go in the middle of the second day if he has convinced a team to look past his past problems.
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Height: 5-9. Weight: 196. Arm: 29 5/8. Hand: 9 1/4.
40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2013): 4-6.
4/24/13: Barner was a little slower than expected at the Combine, but he did well in the field drills. Barner ripped off big yardage for Oregon throughout 2012 as its feature back. He had 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns, and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. Barner also snagged 20 receptions for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for 321 yards and five touchdowns against USC, but had some struggles against California and Stanford.
The speed back is a threat to score on any carry, but he doesn’t compile yards after contact. Barner had a decent week at the Senior Bowl.
8/16/12: Like all Oregon running backs, Barner has the speed to break off big runs. He had a strong season in 2011 despite splitting carries with LaMichael James and D’Anthony Thomas. Barner ran for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He has returned punts (10.1 average) and kicks (22.5 average) in his collegiate career, too.
Barner could be a third-down back in the NFL who also contributes on special teams. He needs to clear up ball-security issues.
Michael Clay, OLB, Oregon
Height: 5-11. Weight: 222.
Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
Projected Round (2012): 6-FA.
4/24/13: Clay led Oregon in tackles this year with 101. He also recoeded 10 tackles for a loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. Clay had an even bigger impact in 2011 with 102 tackles, two interceptions, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
Clay is extremely undersized for linebacker. He may have to lose some weight and move to safety in the NFL, unless he can add another 10-15 pounds.
Jackson Rice, P, Oregon
Height: 6-3. Weight: 218.
Projected Round (2011): FA.
4/24/13: Rice averaged 40 yards per punt in 2012, but he was usually aiming for shorter punts to down the ball inside the 20-yard line.
9/3/12: Rice had a strong 2011 season, averaging 45.9 yards per punt with a long of 61. He downed 17 inside in the 20-yard line. Rice improved from 2010 when he averaged 42.3 yards per punt. His average was 40.5 yards per punt in 2009. Rice needs to continue that trend to get drafted.
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