California defensive end Cameron Jordan is putting on a show in Senior Bowl practice, and looking more and more like an ideal candidate to bolster the Patriots’ defensive line come draft time.
Jordan, who emerged as a first round talent this past season, has been “virtually unstoppable” in the first two days of Senior Bowl practice according to Rob Rang. Playing left defensive end and tackle, Jordan has done a little bit of everything on the field, and has impressed even in pass rush—the biggest question mark of his game coming into the Senior Bowl.
If there’s any problem, it may be that he’s a bit enthusiastic:
Jordan was too dominant, at times. His burst upfield landed him in trouble with the Bengals’ coaching staff during a full 11-on-11 scrimmage at one point, when he hit quarterback Ricky Stanzi to force a fumble.
Players are strictly instructed not to hit quarterbacks during practices.
Taking all that into consideration, might Jordan be helping himself a bit too much for the Patriots’ good? With ESPN’s Todd McShay citing Jordan as one of the fastest rising stocks in the draft, he might be getting a bit too high for New England’s first pick at no. 17.
We’ll have to wait until the draft to know whether or not Cameron Jordan will be lining up alongside Vince Wilfork when next the Patriots take the field, but for now, he’s making a strong case that it’s something New England fans should be hoping for.