In a shocking turn of events, Jeff Ireland moved all the way up to the No. 3 spot. Lane Johnson was the predicted pick until Roger Goodell uttered the words, "Dion Jordan."
Out of all the draft day scenarios, moving up to select arguably the best pass-rushing prospect in the draft was certainly not a popular one. Ireland just gave up pick No. 42 in the deal, quite the coup for the embattled general manager.
In terms of draft value, Ireland absolutely underpaid to move up this far to the top of the first round. According to the traditional trade value chart, the move from No. 12 to No. 3 was worth 1,000 net points, while the No. 42 pick was worth just 480.
In other words, Ireland paid less than half the price he should have to make the move.
The chart is a bit outdated, and the new CBA changes those values, but it is difficult to say Ireland didn't get excellent value given how much teams have given up to make other moves. Remember that Washington gave up a second-round pick and two future-first rounders to move up four spots last year.
Jordan will now join forces with Cameron Wake to terrorize opposing quarterbacks. It will be interesting to see how well he fits in as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme—he was projected to be an outside linebacker coming out—but he will certainly be a handful for opposing offenses.
There has been some backlash against the move because of Jon Gruden's criticism of the pick, namely because Jordan was on the field for relatively fewer snaps than other pass-rushing prospects.
The Ducks lined Jordan up as a defensive back for big chunks of many games, which would be a major reason why his production is down. He did play fewer snaps than ideal, though some of that has to do with the fact Oregon blew so many opponents out.
The fact Jordan pressured the quarterback so often on plays where he actually rushed the passer is key—he did it a lot.
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Pick Grade: A-
The Dolphins get an A- for this pick only because it wasn't a top priority—they now have less flexibility to address the offensive line. It is still bold stroke of ingenuity that wound up costing less than it would have in prior years.