Mel Kiper Jr, and Todd McShay, the pair of ESPN draft experts who will grace televisions across the country for the next several weeks, not only agree on the position of need for the Cleveland Browns, they have agreed on what player would be best if the team decides to stick with the sixth-overall selection in the upcoming draft: Oregon pass-rusher Dion Jordan.
While the two have largely wavered between edge rushing components for the Browns (Kiper recently pegged the Browns with BC’s Bjoer Werner; McShay was a fan of LSU’s Barkevious Mingo), Jordan is the player who both experts feel will add the most impact for a team in the midst of a change of scheme.
The Browns had one of the worst pass rushes in the league last year, even with Jabaal Sheard around. Jordan is a long, explosive pass-rusher with freakish athleticism and an ability to work in space. This is a guy you want to unleash in a 3-4.
Free-agency factor: The Browns could be looking for some pass-rush help, but they won’t find a player with better value than Jordan for their system. Yes, the Browns could still make a move for a quarterback, but I’m quite certain they won’t use this pick for one if they can’t add one via free agency or trade.
Under new coordinator Ray Horton, the Browns could feature multiple fronts with an eye on transitioning to more of a base 3-4 defense. Jordan is a phenomenal athlete who fits best working out of a two-point stance.
He has the length, speed and athleticism to immediately make a significant contribution as a pass-rusher and pursuit run-defender. Jordan also has good awareness in coverage and unusually fluid hips for his 6-foot-6 frame. The combination of Jordan opposite Jabaal Sheard would cause problems for opposing offenses.
Jordan is an extremely athletic 6-feet-6-inches, 250 pounds. Where the recently-added Paul Kruger has been shrouded with concerns over his ability to play on all three downs, Jordan provides the upside and skill set to cause havoc after every snap of the ball.
Both Kiper and McShay have West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith going seventh-overall to the Arizona Cardinals. Both also have Georgia’s Jarvis Jones and LSU’s Mingo going later in the first round.