According to CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora, the Dolphins have been trying their best to determine the 23-year-old's trade value since the season ended:
MIA has been gauging trade value for '13 1st round pick Dion Jordan, league sources said, after trading up to 3rd overall for him last year— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 28, 2014
The Dolphins selected Jordan No. 3 overall in the 2013 NFL draft, hoping that he would make an immediate impact off the defensive edge. Unfortunately, he struggled mightily, recording just 26 combined tackles and two sacks through 16 regular-season games.
Spotrac.com indicates that Jordan is heading into the second year of his four-year, $20.5 million rookie deal.
Regardless of whether he's moved, one Dolphins source told The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson that this will be a crucial spring and summer for Jordan:
When we drafted Jordan, nobody expected Olivier Vernon to develop like he did. My concern is [Jordan] will have struggles playing against bigger tackles. If you play him at linebacker, he has far more range and speed and explosiveness than Misi. But Koa is more consistent and steady. Jordan gives you great flexibility because he can cover and rush the passer. This is a huge offseason for him.
Although Jordan didn't produce eye-popping numbers at Oregon, he did record 14.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in three seasons with the Ducks. Moreover, his 6'6", 260-pound frame made him an attractive prospect ahead of the draft.
But if Jordan can't stay on the field for significant stretches, it seems Miami is better off moving him in exchange for talent or assets it can use elsewhere.
Jordan's lack of production is something he'll need to address quickly in order to stick around in the NFL. As NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal points out, however, the blame for his early struggles doesn't fall squarely on his shoulders:
The lack of development is partly on the Dolphins' staff. Jamie Collins, the New England Patriots' second-round draft pick, has a similar skill set to Jordan. The Patriots found a way to work Collins into the mix and play to his strengths late last season. The Dolphins didn't seem to know what to do with Jordan.
While it remains to be seen whether the Dolphins will in fact deal Jordan this offseason—and what they'll land in return if they do—it's obvious that Miami's vaunted pass rush will remain one of the team's strengths in 2014.
With Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, who combined to record 20 sacks and two forced fumbles last season, set to return this coming season, the Dolphins' defensive front is poised to rank among the league's best yet again.
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