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How They Would Fit... the Cameron Jordan Edition

 

Well it is nearing that time...Draft Day...And Dallas has the #9 pick in the Draft....There have been many mocks and Suggestions as to who Dallas should pick with, however most of them go like this, "(insert player name here) is a stud!! He would immediately upgrade(pick one, DL,LB opp. Ware, Secondary). However I want to look at each player and See just where and How they could impact.... As Noted in the Title I want to look at Cameron Jordan this time. Several Poster here (I am looking at you Chia!) have been tooting his horn, so here we go..

I apparently was unclear with the direction of this series in my last post. I will be looking at certain players and trying to forecast where they would play using Dallas' current roster as a guideline. I will be giving other options, such as if Dallas gets "player X", and adjusting the roster to fit. Also I will be using the top free agents in this role, for the simple fact that A) Jerry likes to "go Big", and B) it is my post. Any opinions expressed are My opinions only and do not reflect the opinions of the Dallas Cowboys, SB Nation or their affiliates.  

 

 

 

First off lets look at Cameron Jordan. A quick check at NFL Draft Scout reveals this:

Name: Cameron Jordan 
College: California     Number: 97
Height: 6-4   Weight: 287 
Position: DE  Pos2: DT
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2011
40 Time: 4.85      40 Low: 4.78   40 High: 4.96 
Projected Round: 1-2  Stock:     
Rated number 4 out of 182 DE's

Now As the Combine has yet to arrive we don't have His Short shuttle or Vertical leap, so we will have to use the "eyeball test", and other scouts notes.  As noted in the Front Page , Cameron has been Blowing up Senior Bowl Practices. Apparently to the level where he has caused so much disruption that the coaching staff has gotten on to him. Ok, if he is that good, lets see where he fits with in the Dallas "D" shall we?

Here is the Current Dallas Roster, as it pertains to the D-line

Josh Brent   Defensive Lineman   7/22/2010: Signed a four-year, $1.838 million contract. The deal included a $47,500 signing bonus. 2011: $405,000, 2012: $490,000, 2013: $575,000, 2014: Free Agent

Stephen Bowen   Defensive Lineman   2011: Free Agent

Josh Brent   Defensive Lineman   7/22/2010: Signed a four-year, $1.838 million contract. The deal included a $47,500 signing bonus. 2011: $405,000, 2012: $490,000, 2013: $575,000, 2014: Free Agent

Clifton Geathers   Defensive Lineman   2011: $405,000, 2012: Exclusive Rights Free Agent

Jason Hatcher  Defensive Lineman   2011: Free Agent

Igor Olshansky   Defensive Lineman   3/6/2009: Signed a four-year, $18 million contract. The deal contains $8 million guaranteed, including a $6 million signing bonus and $2 million in guaranteed salary. Another $4.5 million is available through incentives. 2011: $3.335 million, 2012: $4.2 million, 2013: $4.4 million (Voidable Year), 2014: Free Agent

Jay Ratliff   Defensive Lineman   12/14/2007: Signed a five-year, $20.935 million contract. The deal included an $8 million signing bonus. 2011: $3.75 million, 2012: $4.875 million, 2013: Free Agent

Marcus Spears   Defensive Lineman   4/6/2010: Signed a one-year, $1.226 million contract.

Sean Lissemore   Defensive Lineman   7/14/2010: Signed a four-year, $1.839 million contract. The deal included a $48,600 signing bonus. 2011: $405,000, 2012: $490,000, 2013: $575,000, 2014: Free Agent

9. Packer B.J. Raji
DT
Contract: Five years, $28 million. $18 million guaranteed

What does this have to do with anything? this is the Contract for the 2009 #9 pick. Fortunately BJ was also a DL player so his contract is what we will have to pay at minimum. (yearly inflation on rookie contracts i think is approx 5-10%, could be wrong) Now also Jay Ratliff will shortly be a Free agent, and I am sure he will command 30 -40 million over 5-6 years. However I digress, this is about Cameron Jordan, not Jay Ratliff... or is it? 

Now there are alot of people that want to move Jay Ratliff to DE to get him away from the double teams that he sees at the NT position. Frankly that will not solve the Problem. Here is what will happen, teams will See Jay at the DE position, adjust their blocking schemes, and instead of the center and the Guard doubling Jay, the Guard and RT double him. Frankly Jay is that good, he Commands a Double team, that is why he is the NT. No what Dallas needs is a player next to Jay that makes teams take that Guard off Jay and put it on the DE. That is where Cameron Jordan comes in. Now here is my thoughts on the Roster if Dallas Drafts "Cam J". note Ws=weak side(Ware) Ss= strong side(Spencer)

WsDE-Cameron Jordan , NT Jay Ratliff, SsDE - Sean Lissmore

Backups would be RDE-Bowen, NT-Josh Brent-Price LDE-Hatcher

I like this as it give Dallas a very young D-line, that can "grow up" together. this is huge especially in an attacking type "D". This allows the players to get to now each other and how to use their individual talents to create the most Havoc. However there is one player out there who is a free agent that could come in and change things up slightly. 

Haloti Ngata. probably the premier NT in the league- at 27 years old he is two years younger than Jay and is just as accomplished as a player. So let's spend some of Jerry's Money shall we?

WsDE-Cameron Jordan, NT- Ngata, SsDE- Jay Ratliff 

Backups, Ws/Ss DE-Olshanski and NT- Josh Brent-Price

Now that would be nice. now I put Cam J at Ws DE for one reason. Protection. Sandwiched between Demarcus Ware and Ngata/Ratliff, Cameron could go "under the radar" so to speak. thus allowing him to become the Beast We all hope he would be.

Here is Video of "Cam J" in action:

Cameron Jordan vs. Colorado (via AloAloysius)

From what I saw he appears to be pretty good, though I am not sure he would be worth the #9. However I am not a scout so my opinion there doesn't mean much. If someone whats to breakdown the Video for me I would be very much appreciative ( you would have my eternal gratitude). As always I welcome criticism, though please keep it civil.  As I said I want to make this an series based on what you guys want. Tell me in the Comments! 

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