A while ago I opined that I don't see Jordan as more than a 5th round pass rusher. While he does have good size, arm length, and edge speed, he has virtually no short area quickness or agility to make inside spin moves. He's a classic one trick pony as a pass rusher, using his speed to dominate against college athletes. To me he is a classic mid to late round guy you take a flier on because of his athleticism and size.
However, after seeing the following video (linked at Rob's blog today), I noticed something very interesting.
On some of the snaps, Oregon had Jordan lined up as a corner. A press corner. And if I may say so, his talent for press looks very promising. Like he's the Megatron of press corners.
Dion Jordan is rumored to run a forty in the 4.4 range. That would make him faster than both Sherman and Browner. He's a little stiff, so I'd probably limit him to being a pure nickle corner, but I could see him as being the perfect foil to the big TE's that are dominating the league as of late. And as it happens, the Seahawks might be looking for help at the nickle corner spot this offseason, depending on how things shake out the rest of the way.
It's true that you don't often see players converting from DE to CB. But Jordan is a one of a kind player that is essentially without a true role, but capable of playing almost anywhere on a defense with his size and speed. It would take some time for Seattle to coach up Jordan into a nickle CB role, but remember that Richard Sherman was playing WR just a few years ago, and Browner was out of the NFL and was initially foreign to the concept of press when he first came here. Carroll knows a thing or two about molding talent.
I'm not saying you blow a 1st rounder on Jordan, but if he slides in the draft due to lacking a clear role on an NFL defense, he could definitely be worth snagging in the mid rounds as a high upside gamble. For that matter, I'd be really curious how he'd do at LB. His athleticism and body type remind me a lot of Zach Brown. That's an added plus since Pete gravitates toward back seven players that are DB/LB hybrid types.