Some have questions whether the Eagles would look at a mobile quarterback like Geno Smith. Others have thrown out the idea that, if Andy Reid and the Cheifs pass on Texas A&M offensive lineman Luke Joeckel, the Eagles could take him at the four spot. Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner has been slotted at four to the Eagles by the likes of ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. There are countless other options on the board but one of them might be rising faster and faster than the rest.
Kelly’s Oregon roots are not hidden as his first player move was to sign his former Ducks’ quarterback Dennis Dixon. His penchant for having faster players is also quite apparent when looking at film from the Ducks under Kelly.
Well the perfect storm might be forming for Kelly as one of his former Ducks has shot up the draft boards in recent days. Defensive end/outside linebacker Dion Jordan shot up the draft boards with his impressive performance at the Combine. Jordan ran an unofficial 4.53 40-yard dash on Monday. For a 6’7” 243 lbs. player, 4.53 seconds is lightning quick. With his ability to play as an end or as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense then add in his familiarity with Kelly’s system, Jordan and the Eagles seem like a match made in heaven.
The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock says that Jordan should add 15-20 lbs. but compared him to the 49ers standout Aldon Smith. In his most recent mock draft on February 7th, Kiper had Jordan going to the Jets at ninth overall citing that he would be the best player on the board while noting “he has star potential.” Jordan had the ability to drop back in coverage and play the pass, rush the quarterback, and also the speed to contain the run. NFL Draft expert Matt Miller tweeted that he is writing it in ink that the Eagles take Jordan at No. 4 overall. USA Today NFL reporter Mike Garafolo echoed the sentiment that the Eagles “love” Jordan and would take him with the fourth pick.
Jordan’s stock is rising which has some diehard Eagles fans concerned that they can be looking at another Mike Mamula. The good news is that Jordan was already projected to be an impact player even before the combine.
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