Monday, February 25, 2013
Jordan to the Eagles at No. 4?
By Tim Kavanagh
Any time a coach comes from a strong collegiate program to the NFL, there's going to be speculation that he'll target some of his former charges with his new team. In the case of Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles, that has already come to pass, as Philly has added former Oregon Duck Dennis Dixon to their QB shuffle. And based upon some buzz emanating from the scouting combine on Monday, there could be a more recent Oregon player added to the mix when it comes time for the NFL draft in April.
After running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.53, Oregon DE Dion Jordan is going to attract a lot of attention, and during the NFL Network's telecast, it was suggested that Eagles -- holding the No. 4 overall pick -- could use their first-round selection on him. NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller tweeted shortly after the 4.53 showing, "Dion Jordan to the #Eagles at No. 4. I'm writing it in ink."
Well, there's a lot more that goes into a pick than the young man's college and his 40-yard dash time at the scouting combine; furthermore, the Eagles have significant needs at other positions where a different prospect would make more sense. Nevertheless, Jordan has certainly put himself in the conversation for that pick.