Oregon DE Dion Jordan, who is making a pre-draft visit at One Bills Drive here on Wednesday, did not begin his college career at defensive end. In fact he didn’t even begin his playing days at Oregon on the defensive side of the ball.
Jordan was recruited by Chip Kelly as a tight end. His junior year of high school he caught 54 passes for 804 yards and 13 touchdowns. His senior season was cut short after six games when an electrical accident led to third degree burns on over 40 percent of his body, letting him only make 13 catches for 292 yards 3 TDs.
For Jordan all that experience on the offensive side of the ball he believes helps him diagnose plays now that he’s on the defensive side of the ball.
“I think it just shows that I understand the game, understand defenses because I’ve played on the offensive side of the ball I understand a lot of the offensive schemes also,” said Jordan. “So it plays to my abilities and understanding a lot of little things and my size at 6’7” as an outside linebacker is kind of unique.”
YahooSports Les Carpenter put together an in depth story detailing the horrific events of that day when Jordan wondered if his football career was over.
Tags: 2013 NFL draft, Dion Jordan
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