The latest edition of the Fansided Mock Draft is out.
Thus fa, we’ve had the Bengals going defense in the first-round. Our projections have included Oregon defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan, LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery, and Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro.
NOTE: This is as accurate a draft order as possible. As the season nears it’s conclusion, the accuracy of the draft positioning will become more pin point. Here is the current draft order.
Now it’s time for our latest projection:
With the 18th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals made the same selection as their first one in Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.
The Bengals could use some upgrading on their front line, particularly with a dominating edge rusher. Dion Jordan is a name quickly climbing mock drafts and big boards and it’s not for no good reason. He’s got Jason Pierre-Paul potential as Jordan is fast, athletic and his stock is only going up. The Bengals are a team themselves quickly rising in the NFL and if they can get a dominating defense to compliment their offense, we may have a new power take over in the AFC North.
Jordan’s edge rush is as good as any prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft. He stands at 6-feet-7-inches tall yet is flexible enough to bend around the edge better than any other player in the entire country. Combined that with a solid burst off the football, Jordan could rack up double-digit sacks with Geno Atkins clogging the interior of the defensive line. Jordan could also be used as a pass-rushing linebacker on passing downs.
His coverage skills are admirable, and he’s displayed an ability to play both zone and man-to-man coverages and not be a liability. Could the Bengals draft him in hopes of making him an NFL linebacker? Only time will tell.