Draft Watch: Cal DE Cameron Jordan

ESPNDallas.com looks at potential Cowboys picks for the April 28-30 NFL draft.


Position: DE

School: California

Scouts Inc. rank: No. 19 overall

Bio: First-team All-Pac 10 as a senior. Honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a sophomore and junior. … Finished college career with 175 tackles, 34 tackles for losses, 16.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, one interception and two touchdown returns. ... Played 50 of 51 possible games in college, including 32 starts. … Father, Steve, played tight end for the Minnesota Vikings for 13 seasons and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection.

Size: 6-4 1/8, 287

40-yard dash: 4.76

Arm length: 35 inches

Hand: 11 1/8 inches

225-pound bench reps: 25

Vertical jump: 31 inches

Broad jump: 9-9

20-yard shuttle: 4.37

Three-cone drill: 7.07

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Colorado, USC and Stanford games): Will usually line up as the left defensive end. … Jordan is a fluid moving athlete with size, speed and some initial quickness. Would like to see him do a better job of controlling blockers in the running game. Plays with some inconsistent hand use. More hand placement than shock of the blocker. When he did use his hands, have seen him fight pressure in the gap and control the point. … Showed the ability to take on double teams and is able to split blocks. Jordan has first-step quickness and can be difficult to handle when he works down inside or on the move shooting a gap. Had a nice tackle for loss against Stanford when he was able to avoid the tackle’s block on the move then slant inside to trap the running back in the backfield. … Can get initial push and is an upfield rusher who plays with balance and effort in the passing game. The majority of his best pass rushes take place when he is moved inside over the guard when the Bears would go to their nickel defense. Jordan would then line up as a three technique on the outside shoulder of the guard and use a quick arm-over move to free himself and work toward the quarterback. Likes to try and slap the blockers hands down then attack the shoulder. … Did not have much success rushing the passer against USC tackle Tyron Smith because Smith was able to mirror the moves of Jordan and control him with his hands. Jordan really struggled with his hands to disengage from Smith and was not as productive as he was against Colorado and Stanford. … Solid and dependable player over all that will stay on the field for three downs. See value as a nickel rusher. Will use technique and effort to get in on plays.