Thursday night’s start to the 2013 NFL Draft brought a lot questionable moves, but none as surprising as the Miami Dolphins pick of Dion Jordan out of Oregon. The Dolphins traded up from the 12th overall pick to the third pick in order to get Jordan.
This is a rather shocking selection for the Dolphins as they run a 4-3 defense, and Jordan is a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker that’s more suited for a 3-4 defensive scheme.
I would give this draft pick a C- grade. The fact that they picked a player that doesn’t fit their defensive scheme is a little questionable, leaving the league wondering what their plans are with Jordan.
There is a possibility that the Dolphins are going to use Jordan as trade bait with the Kansas City Chiefs to get Branden Albert, but that seems highly unlikely with the way that the Dolphins have been operating this offseason.
Jordan is a versatile defensive player that makes any team better, but it still doesn’t make sense for Miami to execute this trade. With players like Lane Johnson, Dee Milliner, Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper or even Tavon Austin still available and representing more of a need than Jordan, trading up to get him is confusing.
Having lost Jake Long via free agency, Johnson, Cooper or Warmack would have made much more sense. Overall, this pick by the Dolphins is not the smartest of moves, especially having traded up to get him. It was a good day for the Oregon Ducks and Dion Jordan, but not for Miami’s front office.