Player: Defensive end/linebacker Cameron Jordan, California
Basics: Jordan is a versatile player who has seen his stock rise since an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 287 pounds, Jordan is the son of Steve Jordan, who played tight end for 13 seasons in the NFL and appeared in six Pro Bowls. The younger Jordan has emerged as a legitimate athlete in his own right, totaling 16 1/2 sacks and 34 tackles for a loss in four years at Cal.
Why he might fit:The Redskins want someone who can rush the edge opposite Brain Orakpo but who’s also versatile enough to drop back in coverage. Andre Carter and Lorenzo Alexander struggled to do both last year, and Jordan showed in college he might have the athletic skills to play linebacker in the NFL. In Cal’s 3-4, he often lined up as a “five technique” with his hand in the dirt. He makes good use of his hands and fights his way to the quarterback.
Why he might not: The Redskins saw with Orakpo that teaching a defensive end to play linebacker comes with a learning curve. Jordan has drawn raves as a strong character guy and a natural team leader, but Washington’s need is someone who can complement Orakpo and wreak havoc on the edge. Jordan’s 40-time and bench numbers were better than Marcell Dareus’s, but Jordan has to work hard -- he has a great motor -- to make his impact.
Likelihood Redskins draft him (scale of 1 to 10): 5. Jordan is a guy who talent evaluators think can fit in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. After a year of forcing square pegs into round holes, the Redskins, though, need someone who’s a natural fit for their scheme. If they’re intent on selecting a pass-rusher and Robert Quinn isn’t available, Jordan might be the best available option considering the questions surrounding Da’Quan Bowers’ knee.