One of the more intriguing defensive linemen available for the 2011 NFL Draft is DE Cameron Jordan (California).
Jordan (6-4, 287), whose father Steve Jordan was a six-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Minnesota Vikings, is capable of playing end in a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme at the NFL level.
“That’s one of the things that works to my advantage. I am versatile. I have shown this year that I can stand up and play 3-technique and 5-technique. Like I’ve said, put me anywhere and I can play,” the defensive lineman said during his media session at the NFL Scouting Combine.
And it’s that versatility that’s helping him draw attention from teams that run either defensive scheme.
Jordan is expected to visit several teams including the Atlanta Falcons (4-3), Buffalo Bills (3-4), New Orleans Saints (4-3), New York Jets (3-4), Pittsburgh Steelers (3-4), San Diego Chargers (3-4) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3), a source confirmed. Jordan already visited the Detroit Lions, who run a 4-3 scheme.
Jordan, according to personnel sources, is expected to go off the board within the first 15-18 selections in the first round. His performance during Senior Bowl practices, especially during one-on-one drills, and athletic performance during the combine, helped solidify his first-day status.