With the time for pre-draft visits winding down, the Lions are scheduled to host Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan in Allen Park today. Jordan could be the first defensive player taken next week, as high as No. 2 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Lions, who have gaping needs at defensive end, could consider Jordan if he slides to No. 5. At Oregon, Jordan played outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but his 6-foot-6 height would allow him to move to defensive end if he adds weight to his 248-pound frame. Jordan, who underwent surgery to repair a torn right labrum last month, had just five sacks last year but was limited as a pass rusher after his October injury. “Me lining up all over the field on defense shows my athleticism, shows that I understand the game and that I did a lot for the university,” he said at the NFL combine in February. “But my whole thing is getting after the quarterback, so pass rush would be my No. 1 (attribute in the NFL).” The Lions have just three defensive ends on their roster: Willie Young, Ronnell Lewis and free agent addition Jason Jones, who’s slated to start at left end and will move inside in some third-down situations. Young flashed during the preseason last year, but he hasn’t had a sack since the final game of the 2011 season. Lewis, a fourth-round pick last year, played one defensive snap as a rookie. The Lions have hosted most of their 30 allotted team visits and have one scheduled with another possible top-10 pick, West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin, later this week.
Lions scheduled to host Oregon's Dion Jordan today
Detroit Free Press | Apr 16