Dion Jordan postponed his shoulder surgery for a reason; he loves to compete.
And compete he did.
As Chip Kelly looked on with binoculars Monday, Jordan ran a 4.6 flat, finishing tied for third among D-linemen in the 40-yard dash. He also impressed everyone with his smooth, solid drills. (Watch his combine recap in this video).
"I didn't come in expecting anything less of myself. I came in to show GM's and coaches what I could do," Jordan told NFL.com after his workout.
Did he feel good about his forty time?
"I popped up too soon. I feel like I could have done a 4.5 or so. But honestly I feel like I did well. I put in great effort in everything I did."
Jordan's shoulder woes have kept him from adding the twenty or so pounds he needs to be a next level threat, but he hopes his performance sends a message.
"It shows my potential. Potential doesn't mean much at this level, but it shows what I'm capable of at the size I am now. And what I can do as I continue to mature and grow with a team."
Jordan has had various discussions with teams on which position fits best. Outside linebacker? D-Line?
"It was kind of even. Everybody knew what position I wanted to play but, I just wanted to show my ability and what I could do (in both aspects).
"When I see (Jordan) play, I see a raw Aldon Smith," NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock said during the live broadcast. He also suggested Jordan could be reunited with new Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly as the fourth overall draft pick.
Dion did, in fact, visit with Chip Kelly and the Eagles this past weekend.
"I sat down with him. It was a business meeting, so I talked all business. I wish the best of luck to Coach Kelly. I understand it's a building time for him so he has to get what he needs for the future."
Jordan will have shoulder surgery this week with a three-four month recovery time.