University of Oregon outside linebacker/defensive end Dion Jordan will have an official pre-draft visit with the Browns, league sources confirmed today for the Beacon Journal.
The Browns have the sixth overall pick in next month's draft. In addition to Cleveland, Jordan has the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 1 overall pick), Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 2), Arizona Cardinals (No. 7) and New York Jets (No. 9) on his list of visits, Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net reported.
The Browns, like all NFL teams, are allowed to host as many as 30 national prospects at their facility until one week before the draft, which runs April 25-27. The sources did not specify when Jordan, a projected top-10 selection, will visit Northeast Ohio.
During an interview last week at the NFL owners meeting, CEO Joe Banner said the Browns plan to meet their allotment of pre-draft visits. Of course, they’re expected to host most of the big-name prospects because of their position on the draft board.
The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Jordan is one of the top-rated pass rushers in this year’s class. Despite signing outside linebackers Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves this month, the Browns are still looking to bolster their pass rush in defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4, multi-front scheme.
Jordan compiled 29 tackles for loss and 14 ½ sacks during the past three seasons. He had 44 tackles, including 10 ½ for loss and five sacks, in 12 games last season, missing one game because of an injured shoulder he suffered Oct. 27 against the University of Colorado. As a junior, he tallied 42 tackles, including 13 for loss and 7 ½ sacks.
Jordan had surgery Feb. 27 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, according to the Oregonian. Jordan said last month at the NFL Scouting Combine his rehabilitation should take three to four months, and he hopes to be ready for training camp in late July.
By delaying surgery, Jordan was able to impress at the combine. He tied for third in his position group in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.6 seconds and tied for fourth in the broad jump with a leap of 10 feet, 2 inches.
University of Arizona quarterback Matt Scott is set to visit the Browns April 9 or 10 after coming from a visit with the Buffalo Bills, another league source told the Beacon Journal on Monday. NFLDraftScout.com projects Scott as a fourth- or fifth-round pick.