NFP looks at prospects in the Fiesta Bowl

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  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    The Fiesta Bowl
    Oregon -vs- Kansas State
    Oregon Prospects – DE/OLB Dion Jordan (Senior), RB Kenjon Barner (Senior) and OT Kyle Long (Senior).
    Kansas State Prospects – LB Arthur Brown (Senior), WR Chris Harper (Senior) and QB Collin Klein (Senior).

    While few prospects in this game will hear their names called in the first round, there will be many NFL personnel people in attendance. The one player who is likely to be drafted in the first round is Dion Jordan who has NFL teams excited with his ability to consistently pressure the quarterback.

    With great height, a long, linear frame and rare athletic skills Jordan’s ability to defeat pass blockers out on the edge makes him a valuable commodity. While he looks thin for a pass rusher, his frame should enable him to add weight in time. As a player who relies upon his quick feet, agility, burst and technique to defeat blocks, his lack of bulk makes it tough for him to shed blocks if they can get ahold of him. A dynamic play-maker, Jordan’s burst off the ball and speed enable him to consistently threaten the corner as a pass rusher and to chase down ball carriers along the line of scrimmage in backside pursuit. I expect Jordan to shine at the Senior Bowl and work out like a champion at the Combine, which will put him in position to be one of the first pass rushers drafted in April.

    While Kenjon Barner lacks starter’s size at 5-9 and 186, his ability to make game changing plays when he has the ball in the open field makes him a valuable prospect. Naturally instinctive with good vision, Barner easily fins the open hole/crease, has burst to get through it and the elusiveness to make tacklers miss out in space. Patient following blockers, he is effective waiting on blocker’s hip and then can make quick cut off block when hole opens up. Obviously, Barner’s lack of bulk/size limits his tackle breaking ability and makes him less effective as a short yardage runner, so he will have to carve out a career as a third down back and returner similar to Darren Sproles. NFL people want to see him up close to determine if he can be as productive as Sproles has been.

    Despite 2012 being Kyle Long’s only season playing at Oregon and second playing offensive line, he is viewed as a very intriguing prospect because of his natural athleticism, size and competitiveness.
  2. xwalker

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  3. xwalker

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    I really like Dion Jordon. His upside could be better than some of the higher rated pass-rushers, but he is a riskier pick. I find it difficult to project how well his thin frame will hold up at the NFL level.

    He does appear to be much stronger, especially in the upper body than you would expect based on his size/appearance.

    If he is available when the Cowboys pick, it would be difficult to pass him up.

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