An Athletic Pass RusherFebruary 24th, 2013
Even with stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy wreaking havoc on the inside, the Bucs simply didn’t get enough heat on the quarterback last season.
Some blame injuries to defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers. Others blame the trainwreck that was the Bucs cornerbacks who were so wretched, they couldn’t cover themselves with a blanket at night, enabling quarterbacks to get rid of the ball basically before the defensive line had a chance to cross the line of scrimmage.
If Bucs rock star general mnaager Mark Dominik wants an athletic, pass rushing specialist, perhaps Oregon’s Dion Jordan is that man?
Yesterday while speaking with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Jordan sold himself as an athlete playing defensive end.
“I feel like me lining up all over the field on defense shows my athleticism, shows that I understand the game and that I did a lot for the university,” Jordan said. “But my whole thing is getting after the quarterback, so pass rush would be my No. 1.”
But Jordan isn’t just a jock. He credits his intelligence with being able to read offenses, read what they are doing on any given play, which he believes gives him an extra step in getting to the quarterback.
“I understand the game, I understand defenses because I played on the offensive side of the ball, I understand a lot of the offensive schemes also,” Jordan said. “So it plays to my abilities, just understanding a lot of little things.”
Could Jordan hack it in the NFL? Well, he did practice each day at Oregon against some of the best offensive players in the nation, which he believes will serve him well on the NFL level.
“As a defensive player, keeping up with guys like a Kenjon Barner, chasing him down the field, or LaMichael James or even a DeAnthony Thomas, those guys are very special. As a defensive player, being able to keep up with those guys Monday through Friday, when we get to the game on Saturday, it’s pretty easy for us as far as the game speed.
“I’m used to that type of tempo.”
Again, Jordan as a defensive end would be more of a pass rushing specialist than anything else. Many project Jordan to be a 34 outside linebacker, which is pretty amazing for a 6-7 guy.
Given his height, Jordan, in addition to rushing the passer, ought to be able to disrupt passes — something the Bucs front line really hasn’t done a much of in recent years.