In this year’s NFL draft, players who can fit in at both defensive end and linebacker will be especially appealing to the Cleveland Browns. Oregon’s Dion Jordan should have been one of the Browns’ top prospects after this week’s scouting combine, but he is now expected to miss three to four months after having surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Jordan – 6-6, 243 pounds – is an extremely athletic pass rusher, which is exactly what the Browns are looking for. Much like another potential top pick, Georgia’s Jarvis Jones, Jordan is now a very risky pick, thanks to his injury. He’ll miss a team’s rookie camps for sure, and might still be recovering into a few minicamps.
While that isn’t the end of the world, it’s not exactly an ideal situation for a team’s top pick (or even as one of a team’s top picks). The Browns might be forced to pass on Jordan, unless they are already truly convinced.