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Monday, February 18, 2013

Oregon defender should be on Eagles radar

The next Aldon Smith...or Jason Pierre-Paul?
The Eagles are in a tough spot in this draft.

That would be the top 10.

The way NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock breaks it down, this isn't a great year to have the fourth overall pick because there's much more of a risk of your guy going bust than in previous lotteries.

But there is a real out-of-the-box selection the Eagles could make to shore up what was a sorry playing defense ... linebacker Dion Jordan. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly coached him at Oregon.



Jordan reminds Mayock of Niners Pro Bowl defensive end Aldon Smith.


"He’s only about 240 pounds but he’s 6-7, he has frightening 
athletic skills," Mayock said on a conference call Monday. "He’s a year away so he’ll be a situational pass rusher in year one. And if he puts 20 pounds on I think he’s going to be a perennial all-pro. But again that’s a little bit of a risk reward for betting on this kid two years from now."

Jordan played through a shoulder issue last year that will be thoroughly evaluated at the combine.

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