March 19, 2008

Dizon pleased with Pro Timing Day showing

BOULDER, Colo. - Jordon Dizon was one of 15 players that participated in CU's Pro Timing Day event on Wednesday morning.

The players were measured, then tested and then they ran through a number of position specific drills. All of which was done in front of roughly two dozen NFL Scouts.

Dizon was pleased with his performance.

"Considering the workouts we had and the intensity and how we did everything back to back to back, I think my legs held up pretty good and overall I did pretty good," said the young linebacker.

Dizon tested out with a 4.59-forty, which is a marked improvement from the 4.70-forty that he ran at the NFL combine in late February. He did 12 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press and tested out with a 34.5-inch vertical leap.

"Pretty much everything I improved in (compared to his combine numbers), which is good," Dizon said. "Today I helped myself, I really did."

Despite the fact that Dizon recorded an eye-opening 160 tackles and was a Butkus Award finalist last fall as a senior, he is not projected to get picked until the later rounds of the draft. Size is the main reason why.

On Wednesday, Dizon measured in at 6-foot-0, 225-pounds.

That size issue has always been there for me but like I did before, I [will] overcome it and show them that I can play football.


"I have had to deal with it my whole life," Dizon said in regards to being undersized. "Coming to college as a linebacker [I was] 6-foot-0, 195 [pounds] and [I] started (as a true freshman). That size issue has always been there for me but like I did before, I [will] overcome it and show them that I can play football.

Dizon said he feels like he has done 150 job interviews with NFL teams. "Some say this process is a meat market and in a lot of ways it is," he said. "They pass you around from one person to the next person."

How does he see himself fitting in at the next level? "I can't fit in to a 3-4 with my hand in the dirt and come off the edge," Dizon explained. "But I can fit into a 4-3 like we had here where I can read the play and run it down. I can also fit into the Tampa-two style defense."

While many NFL bound players focus solely on training in the months leading up to the draft, Dizon has decided to remain enrolled in classes at CU. He is currently taking 15 credits and is on pace to earn a degree in Accounting in May.

Dizon has chosen Peter Shaffer from All Pro Sports and Entertainment as his agent. The NFL Draft will take place on April 26th (Rounds One and Two) and April 27th (Rounds Three thru Seven).

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