I'm not sure how you can deem the deficiency "evident" when he only played against the run on 87 snaps (certainly not a sizeable sample size by any means) and had an average grade in those 87 snaps.
Nobody is singing his praises for the other side of the argument either.
I'm not really sure what that means.
I do however recall, during the season, several people noting that Jordan was very effective at rushing the passer the few times he got in and wondering why we weren't figuring out how to get him in more. On at least two ocassions, his pressures late in games led to game clinching interceptions (against the Falcons and Colts).
Oregon's academic schedule along with Jordan's lingering shoulder injury prevented him from strength training and full participation, which along with Olivier Jordan's immense development, prevented him from seeing the field. Not his talent.
Let's not forget, the two surefire offensive tackles taken before him struggled their rookie seasons (one with season ending injury). Tackle is supposed to be the safest position to draft and these guys were supposed to come right in and be effective.
So did the guy taken after Jordan and so did the defensive end taken 6th overall. The defensive end taken 5th overall put up nice sack numbers, but he is another example of stats being misleading.
Actually, if you base it on their first year, the top 10 picks in the draft were pretty much a failure overall, so let's keep things in perspective.
No one will care about how Jordan was acquired and how he did his rookie year if he turns into the player he is expected to turn into.