Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan has already gotten the sales pitch from former Ducks teammate T.J. Ward on how great it would be to join the Browns, but the speedy edge-rusher was an easy sell. "Yeah, T.J. was great, but he didn't have to do much pumping up to get me excited about playing for the Browns," Jordan said in a phone interview. "They have a new defense and a new scheme, and if I land in Cleveland, I'd really look forward to playing with T.J. again and being part of the Browns' organization." Jordan, one of the players the Browns are considering with their No. 6 overall pick Thursday's first round of the draft, can already envision the impact he'd have on the Browns' new 3-4, multifront scheme. "There's a lot of good talent on that defense," he said. "T.J.'s doing a great job in the secondary and so is Joe Haden, but I think I could really help those guys back there if I was coming off the edge." Jordan, who played a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position in Chip Kelly's multifront scheme at Oregon, would most likely start at right outside linebacker in Ray Horton's defense, opposite free agent pickup Paul Kruger. It's the spot at which converted defensive end Jabaal Sheard is penciled in. "I think I'd make a good bookend with Paul Kruger," Jordan said. "I've watched his brother (Joe) play at Utah and that's a very good breed of football player in that family. It would benefit me to play against that caliber of player." Jordan (6-6, 248), visited the Browns last week in Berea and left thinking he'd be a great fit in Horton's defense. In addition to his explosiveness off the edge, he can cover tight ends and even receivers in the slot, which he did some at Oregon.
Oregon's Dion Jordan excited about visit, Cleveland Browns' new defense
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Apr 22