NFL Combine 2013: Is Dion Jordan the next Aldon Smith?

Joe Robbins

Follow all of our 2013 combine coverage in this storystream.

Since being taken with the #7 overall pick by the 49ers in 2011 NFL draft, DE Aldon Smith has racked up an absurd 33.5 sacks over his first 2 years in the league. By some, he was seen as the "next DeMarcus Ware" when he came out due to his scheme versatility as a 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB.

So now teams are looking for the "next Aldon Smith" and according to Mike Mayock, that could be Oregon DE/LB Dion Jordan.

"When I see (Jordan) play, I see a raw Aldon Smith," Mayock said. "He needs to gain 20 pounds (to fill out his 6-foot-7 frame)."

Related: Dion Jordan to have surgery after combine

Jordan actually measured in at 6-6, 248 with nearly 34 inch arms and when you combine those measurements with superior athleticism as evidenced by his blistering 4.6 40, he's almost perfectly constructed as an outside rusher in a 3-4.

And, as scouts have pointed out, Jordan has something that guys like Smith and Ware didn't coming out of college... plus coverage skills. Mayock ranks him as the top OLB prospect in the draft.

Question is, if you're the Eagles would you pull the trigger on the Oregon product at #4?

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