You’ve heard the names before–the usual suspects.
Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith, Star Lutulelei, Jarvis Jones, Dee Milliner.
Each of the above players have been frequently linked to the Eagles in the first round of April’s upcoming draft. But it’s more than possible that none of the players will in fact be the Eagles’ man.
After an impressive performance in Indianapolis this week, Dion Jordan may be one such player to crash mock drafts everywhere.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes Jordan has done enough to be ranked the top outside linebacker prospect in the draft, making him a prime target for teams like the Eagles.
“When I see (Jordan) play, I see a raw Aldon Smith,” Mayock said. “He needs to gain 20 pounds (to fill out his 6-foot-7 frame).”
Forget that Jordan played for new head coach Chip Kelly at Oregon. What’s more important is Kelly’s well documented preference to rebuild the defense with more size. Jordan certainly fits the mold.
While comparing Jordan to Smith in terms of pass rushing ability may be a bit of a stretch at this point, Jordan’s coverage abilities are widely considered superior to the 49ers standout.
Whether or not his impressive 4.60 40-yard-dash time is enough to vault Jordan onto the Eagles’ radar at the number four spot remains to be seen.