The Miami Dolphins made the first aggressive move of the 2103 NFL draft by trading up and making Dion Jordan the third player taken. With a strong fit, Jordan will excel in his role with the Dolphins.
After trading up to the third pick, many thought the Dolphins would grab offensive tackle Lane Johnson. Instead, the Dolphins made a strong move to improve their defense.
Jordan is a freak of an athlete, as evidenced by his huge combine performance. At 6'6", 248 pounds, Jordan ran a 4.6 40-yard dash, had a vertical of 32.5" and recorded 122" in the broad jump (all combine results via NFL.com). Jordan's film shows that athleticism in action.
While Jordan will have no problem rushing the passer, his fit as a 4-3 end is being questioned because of his ability to shed blockers. Jordan's big frame should allow him to put on some weight and become more capable of setting the edge.
Coming off shoulder surgery, Jordan may not be able to put on a ton of weight this offseason, but more so next year.
Jordan will have an impact this season, but this pick has the next 10 years in mind. He has the gifts to become one of the best ends in the league within the next few seasons with solid coaching and weight training.
The Dolphins defense has desperately needed a pass-rushing presence opposite Cameron Wake. Jordan finally gives them that player. Having him on the defensive line should open up things for the entire front seven.
In addition to giving the Dolphins a pass-rushing threat, Jordan has the athleticism, versatility and experience to be moved around the defense. During his career at Oregon, Jordan was all over the field for the Ducks, including some coverage responsibilities.
With Wake and Jordan on their roster, the Dolphins immediately improved their pass rush. For more than the last decade, the Dolphins have had to deal with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' lethal passing attack. They will be much more suited to do so this season with their talented pass-rushers.
Should the Dolphins face the zone-read, Jordan has experience with it after facing it in practice day after day. That's not a huge concern, but if the trend continues, it could be a small plus. The Buffalo Bills might run a bit of it with E.J. Manuel.
Overall, Jordan is a great addition for the Dolphins as he can come in and get after Brady and other quarterbacks on a regular basis. While he rushes the passer, Jordan will have a chance, over the next few seasons, to become a complete defensive end.
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