NFL Draft: Dolphins select Dion Jordan with third pick
With the third pick in the first round, the Dolphins selected outside linebacker Dion Jordan out of Oregon.
With the third pick in the first round, the Miami Dolphins selected outside linebacker Dion Jordan out of Oregon. Jordan is one of the most athletic players available. But in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, there were questions about why he didn't make more big plays in college.
Still, the upside is there and those pre-draft concerns weren't enough to keep the Dolphins from trading up for Jordan, who offers the flexibility to rush the edge as well as drop into coverage.
The Dolphins traded the No. 12 and No. 42 overall picks to move up to take Jordan.
“I had some intel that maybe Oakland was looking to get out of there and (I) made a call before the Draft to just let them know that I was interested in maybe getting up," Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said. "Then, I waited for about, I don’t know, maybe five or six minutes while they were on the clock and there was no call from them and so I called and just asked if they were looking to move the pick."
"They said they were open for business. I offered my first offer and they said, ‘We’re not interested,'" Ireland added. "So I waited another 45 seconds to a minute and they called right back (and) asked for 42. I said, ‘Sure, we’ll do it.’ And that’s all that was.”
More on Jordan via NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang:
Jordan relies on his speed as an edge rusher. However, he shows no advanced complementary inside move at this time. While he's capable of unique coverage responsibilities, he has never proven productive in this role, either, posting two passes broken up and zero interceptions in a pass-happy conference.
He registered just two pass breakups over his career and never intercepted a pass. He registered 7 1/2 sacks as a junior in his career-high campaign and just five a season ago. Oregon coaches tout his toughness and dedication, yet he has struggled with durability throughout his career. Jordan's upside warrants early consideration, but he is far from the sure thing that his cut-ups have led some to believe.
Ireland believes Jordan can eventually become an every down player.
"We think he’s an outstanding talent, has tremendous versatility," Ireland said. "He’s a great kid. We just think the world of the player and what he’s capable of doing. He’s got tremendous upside."
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