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2013 NFL Draft: Dion Jordan to visit Buffalo Bills

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The versatile pass rusher will be the latest in a furious wave of pre-draft visitors at One Bills Drive.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that one of the top pass rushers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Dion Jordan of Oregon, has scheduled a pre-draft visit with the Buffalo Bills.

In his four years at Oregon (where he played for current Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly), Jordan did not maximize his potential from a production standpoint, registering 121 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks in 45 career games. Then again, Oregon didn't ask him to rush the passer as much as they should have, instead asking Jordan to do a bunch of different things, including drop into coverage and even line up across from receivers in the slot.

Jordan remains one of the draft's hottest prospects, however, thanks largely to that versatility - and his rangy 6'6", 248-pound frame with fluid athleticism (4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash) certainly doesn't hurt, as well. He offers elite upside and scheme versatility, and those commodities beget early first-round draft picks. There's little doubt that a defensive coordinator like Mike Pettine would love to coach an athlete like Jordan.

Whether or not Jordan will still be on the board when the Bills pick at No. 8 overall is another matter entirely. Reports indicate that Jordan is one of a small group of players in contention to be the No. 1 pick, and there is speculation that the Jacksonville Jaguars could take Jordan to play the 'Leo' position in Gus Bradley's defense.