Dion Jordan Selected No. 3 by Miami Dolphins
We didn’t have to wait long for the first trade of what figures to be a high-movement NFL Draft. With Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel coming off the board at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, the Miami Dolphins opted to pounce on a No. 3 pick that the Oakland Raiders had been looking to deal. Oakland received the 12th and 42nd overall picks in return.
And with that pick, the Dolphins tossed a curve ball, passing on OT Lane Johnson to nab DE/OLB Dion Jordan.
Jordan is an absolute freak of an athlete at 6-foot-6, 248 pounds, and he’ll bring a lot of speed to the Dolphins’ defense. He’s also capable of performing a number of tasks — rushing the passer, dropping in a zone, diving in on run defense. The issue here is that Miami currently sits in a 4-3 base defense, and both Jordan and his former defensive coordinator at Oregon, Nick Aliotti, told Audibles that Jordan would be better off landing as an OLB in a 3-4.
Miami now may look to move pick No. 54 to Kansas City for Branden Albert, a deal that’s reportedly been in the works for days. That apparently impending move might have convinced Miami that Johnson was less of a need than Jordan.
Grade: B. Dion Jordan might be a sensational NFL player in the mold of Elvis Dumervil or Aldon Smith. But he’s still learning the game and growing his body, plus this will require Miami to get creative with how it uses him.