NFL Combine LinkedUp: Former Oregon Ducks Jordan and Barner Impressive in Indy


The 2013 NFL Combine is a place where college players can show off their talent on and off the field. Five Oregon Ducks had the opportunity this week to workout with NFL trainers, as well as former players, General Managers and Coaches.

Oregon’s Contingent included Defensive End Dion Jordan, Running Back Kenjon Barner, Linebacker Kiko Alonso, Offensive Lineman Kyle Long, and Defensive Back John Boyett.

Below are some of the links looking back a the 2013 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Let’s take a quick look at several players who look to improve their Draft Status, starting with Defensive End Dion Jordan.

Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive lineman Dion Jordan speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Dion Jordan ran the 40 yard Dash in 4.60 seconds, which tied him for third overall. Jordan has a torn labrum and will undergo shoulder surgery this week. He played with the tear throughout part of his Senior year with the Ducks.

NFL combine: Former Oregon Ducks defensive end Dion Jordan impressive in workouts

The former Duck Defensive End talks about the upcoming draft and he’s ready to play.

Sporting News has a look at the Winners and Losers of the NFL Combine.

Jordan looks to be a potential first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft for a team in need. His former coach is even paying attention.

Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner (24) against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Oregon Running Back Kenjon Barner is also looking to the NFL. His 40 yard dash time was 4.52 seconds, whcih was good enough for 6th place in the NFL Combine, but he impressed with his speed, quickness and ability to catch the ball  in other drills at the NFL Combine. 

One site has Barner ranked as between the 3rd and 8th best running backs in this year’s draft.

Offensive Lineman Kyle Long was also invited to the NFL Combine to show his skill for the next level. The son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, some are saying that he has worked his way back to being an NFL prospect. Long did set a 40 yard dash time of 4.94, which is considered good for an Offensive Lineman. He did nothing to decrease his stock during the Combine.

Former Oregon Linebacker Kiko Alonso did not run the 40 yard dash due to an injury. He is seen as a mid level draft pick, somewhere between the 4th and 7th rounds by

John Boyett, who missed most of his senior season due to surgeries to repair his legs is at the NFL Combine today. This morning he showed off some upper body strength with an impressive 27 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press, which is among the leaders on the day. As far as running it’s not known what he will be able to do the rest of today. NFL Scouts like Boyett, but one sees him as a second day pick or a free agent.

Players not invited to the NFL Combine, including Linebacker Michael Clay will have their workouts on campus at the University of Oregon March 14th.

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Justin Phillips is Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW in Eugene, Oregon.