Oregon OLB/DE Dion Jordan To Miss 3 Months Or More After Labrum Surgery

One draft hopeful that has been linked to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last several weeks is Oregon linebacker/defensive end Dion Jordan. On Saturday Jordan announced at the NFL Scouting Combine that he\’ll have surgery to repair a torn labrum.

With his surgery just now taking place, Jordan is expected to be out of commission for at least three months, and maybe more. This time out means that he will miss working out at his pro day and it could cause him to miss the entire offseason program with the team that winds up drafting him. Jordan is, however, expected to be ready for training camp.

Depending on what the doctors say, this is unlikely to hurt Jordan\’s draft stock. His game tape tells the story and missing working out at the combine and his pro day really isn\’t as big of deal as others will make it. As long as there are no post-surgery complications, it would be shocking to see him fall down to the bottom half of the first round.

The Steelers will likely address the outside linebacker position at some point during the draft and Jordan certainly could be enticing should he fall to the 17th overall pick.

  • Bob Francis

    Mayock was drooling over this kid as a 3-4 OLB, so I wonder if this might help him slide to the Steelers at 17!

  • HarryBackside

    It’s going to hurt his draft stock. Not doubting the importance of film, but work outs have value too. I think the biggest question mark with Jordan was his ability to add size while maintaining his athleticism. There’s no way of knowing that now.

  • mghjr88

    I personally hope the Steelers stay away from the round peg-square hole prospects.

  • mghjr88

    Did Jordan add significant weight?

  • HarryBackside

    If he didn’t have a shoulder injury that required surgery, he would have been able to do some serious weight training leading up to the combine. He also would have been able to continue adding size over the next two months. If he was healthy during that time, he would have had a pro-day and also been able to work out for teams during individual work outs.

  • Nolrog

    I agree it’s going to hurt him somewhat. There will be times when a team was considering between him and another guy similarly rated and they’d lean towards the other guy because of the injury. This doesn’t mean he’ll slide into the 3rd round now, but certainly does increase the chances that he’s available at 17.