COMMENTARY | With three days left until the 2013 NFL Draft, the mock drafts are coming out in bulk. Matt Miller, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. have crunched the numbers, reviewed all of the tape on every eligible player and matched those players to teams. Miller suggests that the Eagles should select Dion Jordan, the same Dion Jordan that is the one player I would like the Eagles to stay away from for a variety of reasons.
In three seasons as a defensive end/outside linebacker for the University of Oregon, Jordan had his best statistical season in 2011. That year Jordan posted 39 total tackles, with 7.5 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss. Although his numbers were solid throughout the year, when the team played in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin, Jordan posted two tackles the entire game. During that game, Wisconsin scored 38 points with future Seattle Seahawk QB Russell Wilson throwing for 296 yards and 3 total TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing). Running back Montee Ball ran for 164 yards and a TD on 32 carries. Wisconsin's offense had more first downs than Oregon, 508 total yards and a third down conversion rate of 62 percent. Wisconsin's offensive line had two players drafted in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. Kevin Zeitler (1st round, 27th overall to Cincinnati) and Peter Konz (2nd round, 55th overall to Atlanta) played for Wisconsin during that game. This offensive line is the type of competition Jordan will be playing against on the regular basis, and he had two total tackles during that game. Two.
Philadelphia has a more pressing need on the offensive line. As I said in this article, the Eagles' offensive line is rebuilding from injuries to Jason Peters and Jason Kelce, a 1st round bust in Danny Watkins and a right tackle in Todd Herremans whose natural NFL position is right guard. Selecting an offensive tackle in this year's draft would allow Philadelphia to have a short and long term plan for the offensive line. The player selected would allow Todd Herremans to slide inside to right guard. Watkins could be evaluated by Kelly and his coaching staff without the pressures of needing him for the starting lineup. The short term future would be set. For the long term, the potential tackle taken could be groomed by 2011 1st team All-Pro Jason Peters to replace him whenever that time comes for Peters.
Philadelphia has several potential outside linebackers for this hybrid style defense the Eagles plan to run. Trent Cole is coming off a down season for him with three sacks and 40 total tackles and will be excited to prove that he is still a player who can produce a ten-plus sack season. Brandon Graham is fully recovered from his ACL injury after having 5.5 sacks and is working towards a significant role with the Eagles. Connor Barwin just signed a six year deal worth $36 million to be the player Jordan projects to be in the NFL. Mychal Kendricks is building from his rookie season where he had 75 total tackles and nine passes defended. I expect every player mentioned to make the 2013 team roster, so where would Jordan receive playing time? Hopefully he receives playing time from another team.Matthew Gould follows the professional Philadelphia baseball (Phillies), basketball (Sixers) and football (Eagles) teams passionately, producing a blog for them called OneLibertyPlace. His Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Seton Hall University and his passion for sports fittingly blend together.
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