At this point in the Mock Draft, there are 2 notable pass rushers still on the board; LSU’s DE Sam Montgomery and Oregon’s DE Dion Jordan…..
In this case, the choice is simple for me as I believe Montgomery plays on the better overall defense but Jordan is the better overall player.
Montgomery lacks everything that Jordan has in explosiveness/burst off the line, hip fluidity and ability to not only drop in coverage and defend TEs (cough – Hernandez/Gronkowski -cough) but to do so adequately since he’s use to doing so at Oregon, something Montgomery has no experience with. Montgomery attempts to make up for what he lacks in burst and quickness off the snap by trying to utilizing his power and strength with bull rush moves and that won’t get it done on the next level.
Jordan possesses a rare freakish blend of size and athleticism. At 6-feet-7-inches tall, Jordan moves like a safety. He has fluid hips in coverage and excellent explosion off the line of scrimmage. Oregon frequently called upon Jordan to cover tight ends and slot wide receivers one on one. Jordan’s quickness and straight line speed will allow him to matchup with the athletic tight ends NFL teams are utilizing definitely something the Jets will be interested in considering they play against 2 of the best/most athletic TEs in the NFL…
As a pass rusher, Jordan has plenty of room to grow, but few players in this class rush the edge like he does. Jordan gets incredible bend around the edge, showing the flexibility to maintain his speed and get after the quarterback. Jordan also has tremendous length for a pass rusher, which he combines with an explosive first step off the line off scrimmage to consistently beat tackles. Jordan also has great closing speed both when getting after the quarterback and chasing down ball carriers in the open field.
The biggest pros to Jordan’s game are his upside and his versatility.
I believe the Jets in this case are best suited to grabbing a pass rusher they can throw right in to help maximize the potential on this defense next season and I believe Jordan, the best pass rusher on the board at THIS time does that for them.