Has the type of power to consistently hold up/set the edge when run at and uses his strong hands to disengage from blocks when asked to play the piano down the line and fend off blocks inside.However, he is inconsistent with his hands at times. Too often leads with his head when lined up inside vs. the run or really winds up his arms and wastes a lot of motion on his punch in the pass game. Can stack and put himself around the football, but doesn't use his hands well to routinely disengage and wrap up on the ball carrier.
Displays an impressive first step off the snap in the pass game though when lined up inside. Is consistently one of the first defensive linemen moving off the football. Is sudden and violent with his hands on contact. Loves to work his arm over to free himself inside and also has a rip that allows him to disengage as well. But his pad level will begin to rise once he gains a step trying to get up field and can be sealed away from the ball at times. Does a better job with his hands when asked to keep himself clean on his counter and can fend off blocks once engaged and work in pursuit.
Isn't a real explosive pass rusher off the edge as a DE, lacks the burst to reach the corner and again will allow his pad level to rise a bit when trying to change directions off his initial rush. Exhibits some natural body control and balance through contact, can drop his pad level around the corner and his combination of length and agility allow him to fight his way off blocks and make his way up the field.
Impression: Has really taken his game to another level this season, being productive at a number of positions along the defensive line using his combination of power, burst and suddenness to beat blocks and get after the football. Is inconsistent with his hands, but looks like a potential starter as either a three- or five-technique guy at the next level. Looks like a better prospect than Tyson Alualu to me."
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.
Pass Rush: Only moderate initial quickness off the snap. Doesn't possess the top-end speed to be more than a marginal pass rusher in the NFL. Relies on his power and technique to pressure the pocket. Has a strong club move and rip and swim moves. Has the hand strength to knock away the initial punch of the pass blocker and often supplies his own punch to drive his opponent into the pocket. Good use of leverage and very good strength for the bull rush. Locates the ball and shows a late burst to close when opportunities are presented. Has long arms but is still developing recognition and timing to get his hands up. Has only five passes broken up in 50 games.
Run Defense: Stout run defender. Understands gap responsibilities in the 3-4 defense. Has the long arms to keep defenders away from his chest and the bulk to anchor. Locates the ball quickly and pursues hard. Good balance and appears more agile in run defense forcing the back wide to the sideline than he is as a pass rusher. Good effort in lateral and downfield pursuit.
Explosion: Flashes an explosive initial burst but is inconsistent in this area. Doesn't have the speed or flexibility as an edge rusher to take full advantage of his spotty suddenness, but can shock his opponent when he times the snap correctly. Shows a late burst to close on the ballcarrier, resulting in big collisions. Forced four career fumbles.
Strength: Arguably his greatest asset. Possesses very good upper- and lower-body strength to remain as a five technique defensive end in the 3-4 or a base (left) defensive end for the 4-3 alignment. Comes off the snap low and hard and has the bulk to create a pile. Can drive his opponent into the pocket with his bull rush and slide off to make the tackle when the ballcarrier is near.
Tackling: Good strength for the drag-down tackle. Will lower his shoulder and bring his hips for the big collision. Strong enough that he can slip off blockers and find the ball. Doesn't have great balance or flexibility to break down in the open field to tackle elusive ballcarriers but his long arms and good hand-eye coordination help him to at least trip up the target.
Intangibles: High-effort player. Plays to the whistle and pursues hard. Good bloodlines. Father, Steve Jordan, was a six-time Pro Bowl tight end during 13 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Suspended for 2008 season opener after an arrest for suspicion of a DUI -- the only game he missed at Cal. Played in 50 of 51 games, including 32 starts. Characterized by teammates as a "locker-room clown" and a "just a big kid at heart." Had his maturity questioned by coaches early in his career, though he emerged as more of a leader since."
Pursuit: Shows good quickness off the snap. Good timing. Fairly strong in pursuit. Jordan doesn't move laterally as well as other ends, or even as well as Cameron Heyward. Can be a little stiff in the hips on his movement. Gives a good effort, but maybe not a hair-on-fire kind of player that will work all over the line.
Run defense: Very stout against the run. Jordan is a big, strong end who keeps a good base against the run. Since he's hard to move around, Jordan is a natural lane closer. Run defense isn't always evident in the stat sheet. Often pushes the lineman back into the pocket to slow down the ball carrier, which allows teammates to make the tackle. Has the quickness to get outside to contain the edge.
Strength: Jordan is NFL ready in the strength category. He's powerful enough to hold the edge and consistently close rushing lanes. Strong enough to beat double teams, as long as the second blocker doesn't go low. Will lose some of his strength advantage by getting high in his stance.
Tackling: Because Jordan is so strong, he's a devastating tackler. When he can wrap up, the play is over. Where Jordan could do better here is keeping his knees bent and when closing in the short area. Is the kind of power tackler where you wonder if he's hurt the ball carrier.
Technique: As good as Jordan is, he has some technique flaws. Most notably, he'll let offensive linemen get inside him for contain. This allows linemen to work him inside into the trash, knocking him out of the play. Jordan will tend to engage only once on a blocker and not make a second move. Could do a better job of guarding his feet from blind side blocks.
Final word: Jordan has proved as a senior that his game isn't predicated on playing next to Tyson Alualu. Still, he's not the top five talent some have been purporting. What he is, though, is a very good power end with the ability to play in the 3-4. With so many teams playing a 3-4 scheme, he should hear his name called in the first round."
Jordan's stock could be on the rise.
Jordan played in a handful of games in his first season and a half, and started every game for Cal since the 5th game of his sophomore season. He played both defensive end and defensive tackle in his time at Cal, showing off his versatility, and is now being talked about as a surefire first round pick.
Jordan is extremely athletic and versatile for such a thick player. He’s shown a nice ability to play on the inside in a 43 scheme as well as a defensive end. His brute strength is a fantastic quality of his, and he uses his hands better than any defensive lineman in this draft. He has great array of moves with an excellent rip and swim, as well as push and pull technique. He can eat up blockers while forcing double teams, and will most likely be asked to move to a five technique in a 34 defense, in which he has two years experience playing in. He’s a solid wrap up tackler, using his power to drag the opposition to the ground. He is one of the most instinctive athletes to have played on the Cal defensive line in the last decade and is a very hard worker.
There aren’t a lot of weaknesses that Jordan has. He’s one of the most complete defensive lineman in the NFL Draft. However, he doesn’t really excel at any one thing. He’s not a pure pass rusher, nor is he a dominant run stuffer. He struggles at times in space, and keeping contain, sometimes being sucked in on play action as well. Some character concerns could come up as he was arrested as a sophomore on potential drinking and driving charges.
It’s hard to tell if Jordan is going to be a Top 10 pick, but it’s quite possible if he keeps up his production. He’s been great during Senior Bowl week, and he finished his campaign at Cal on a high note. I’d say that Jordan’s a good bet to be looked at heavily by Dallas, Washington, Houston, St. Louis, Miami, and New England. That would put him anywhere between the 9-17 range, with five of those teams running a 3-4 defense, which would place him as a five technique.
NFL Comparison: Luis Castillo"
"Positives: 48 tackles, 9.5 for loss and six sacks in 2009... Good size... Ideal fit as a five-technique... Could also play power end in a four-man front... NFL bloodlines, father, Steve, was a six-time Pro Bowl tight end with Vikings... Average pass rusher... Decent initial quickness... Uses his hands well... Long arms... Will effect passing lanes when he cannot reach QB... Good swim and club moves... Solid versus the run... Stays low... Good lower body strength... Can disengage quickly... Can anchor... Takes good ankles... Plays with good balance... Wide base... Keeps blockers off his body... Can make plays in pursuit... High motor... Does not wear down late in game... Disciplined... Good teammate... Has never missed a collegiate game due to injury... Already plays in 3-4 defense.
Negatives: Is not a speed threat... Lacks snap instincts... Four of six sacks last season came against mediocre competition (Maryland, Washington State and UCLA)... Is a better run stopper than pass rusher... No experience in a four-man front... Was suspended for 2008 season opener following arrest for suspicion of DUI."
Weaknesses: Inconsistent get off from the snap. Adequate speed and quickness for his size, but he is not going to be a speed threat from the outside as a pass rusher. Would like to utilize his strength more with a bull rush to compliment his pass rush moves. He was suspended for the 2008 season opener after being arrested for a DUI suspicion.
Projection: First rounder, with the potential to be as high as top 20. Jordan has the perfect size and strength to start immediately at five technique for a team running a 3-4 defense."
Right now Jordan is a borderline first round draft pick. In a 3-4 defense, ends do not usually put up great numbers, but Jordan is doing pretty good in that category. Yet, it will be during the workouts when he begins to separate himself from some other defensive ends. Much like Alualu a year ago, Jordan could see his stock rise very quickly after the NFL combine."
Cameron Jordan offers an extraordinary fusion of Pass Rushing skills and Run Defense. He is the most well rounded Defensive End in this Draft Class, and could certainly play in either a 30 Base or a 40. He is projected as a Top 15, and that is completely justified: He's one of the very best Prospects in the entire Draft.
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