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What he brings: Jordan has great measurables (6-4, 290) and has long arms and massive hands. He shows good strength at the point of attack to set the edge against the run, and can pressure the passer with active hands and a quick swim move. He needs to develop a wider array of pass-rush moves but he plays with great effort on every down.
How he fits: The Saints' No. 1 need on the defense is defensive end and Jordan should fill it well. He is a high-effort guy with great measurables and a strong football background. His dad, Steve, was an outstanding TE for the Minnesota Vikings. Veteran DEs Alex Brown and Will Smith are just not producing a lot of big plays and pressure, although the coaches are hoping Smith still has something left in the tank at RDE. With this 4-3 defense, they would like to blitz left and if Jordan can put pressure off the edge at LDE, it can take some pressure off the backend and he will likely replace Brown.
- ESPN.com draft analysis
He has surged up draft boards after emerging as a dominant force at the Senior Bowl. He was nearly impossible to contain in individual and team drills when working from the defensive tackle or end position, and his film from his final season at Cal reflects that same ability. He is a fluid athlete with good size, speed and quickness. He shows good first-step quickness and has the ability to play with power or finesse at the point. He cleverly works angles to his advantage and combines his agility with violent hands. He effectively uses an assortment of moves to quickly win battles at the line. Against the run, he can stack against single or double teams, and his ability to create penetration is impressive. Throw in a non-stop motor that results in numerous negative plays, and it's easy to envision Jordan becoming a difference maker as a pro."
- Gil Brandt, NFL.com
"Love him. He's a five technique defensive end, and he had a great Senior Bowl."
- Mike Mayock, NFL.com
NFL scouts have a relatively small pool of college 3-4 teams producing ready-made prospects from which to choose and frequently have to project players who haven't played in that scheme who might fit their needs. With Jordan, however, there is no projection. He's a four-year starter with the size, strength and consistency to start in the NFL immediately.
After signing as a top prep prospect out of Arizona, Jordan played in all 13 games as a freshman and registered 18 tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack and a forced fumble, which he returned for a touchdown. His first of three all-conference seasons came in 2008, when he had 47 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. A year later, playing opposite Jaguars 2010 first-round pick Tyson Alualu, Jordan had 48 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and six sacks.
With Alualu moving on, opponents keyed on Jordan in 2010, but he continued to produce. His strength and ability to locate the ball made him one of the more feared defensive linemen in the Pac-10, despite the fact that as a defensive end in the 3-4 alignment, his primary job was to occupy blockers and free up linebackers, not make plays on his own.
Jordan posted career highs in 2010 in tackles (62) and tackles for loss (12.5) and finishing with 5.5 sacks, earning first-team All-Pac-10 accolades.
Fans expect to see gaudy sack production from college defensive ends drafted in the first round. Sacks aren't the only way to judge the ability of defensive line prospects. Jordan has scheme versatility and the ability to plug holes in the running game, which should make him one of the first defensive ends selected in 2011. As was the case with Alualu, the 10th pick of the '10 draft, it might come earlier than many project.
- CBSSports.com/NFLDraftScout.com Overview