INDIANAPOLIS -- Plagued by a right shoulder injury much of the season, Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan will have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum. He plans to participate in every drill this week at the combine, excluding the bench press, and made a note to explain how excited he was to run.
The timetable for the surgery rehab is "three to four months," according to Jordan, which would put him on track to be healthy for training camp in the summer. He played through the injury for the second half of the season after getting hurt in late October against Colorado while attempting to make a tackle.
A versatile prospect, Jordan played defensive end and linebacker in college, rushing the passer and dropping in coverage. He said he has received a lot of attention from NFL teams that utilize the 3-4 scheme that want him to play linebacker. Jordan agrees that scheme best fits his athleticism.
"The whole thing is getting after the quarterback so the pass rush is my No. 1 thing with my athleticism," Jordan said.
Jordan is a potential top-10 pick in April, but the question now is can he stay healthy in the NFL?
Dane Brugler is an Analyst for www.NFLDraftScout.com, published by The Sports Xchange.