The NFL is the epitome of “what have you done for me lately,” and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft class may be about to learn that. According to Jason La Canfora, the Miami Dolphins are exploring trade options for 2013 first round pick Dion Jordan.
Last year Jordan was considered to be the premier pass rushing linebacker in the class primarily because he has the athleticism to play all over the field, especially in a 3-4 defense. Unfortunately, the Dolphins run a 4-3 and tried to force Jordan to play with his hand in the dirt. If Miami is honestly exploring a trade, the Tennessee Titans should make a serious offer for him.
With Tennessee shifting to a 3-4 “hybrid” defense, an athlete like Jordan would be a great asset. His speed and size would allow him to be an honest 3-4 DE/OLB who can actually drop into coverage or rush the passer instead of being exposed in coverage. Ray Horton and the rest of the defensive coaching staff knows that they need to add a true pass rusher to the outside of that defense with Akeem Ayers and Kamerion Wimbley both having question marks.
So what would it take to get Jordan? Well, the Dolphins need a pass rusher to run counter to Cameron Wake, and the Titans have some extra pieces that don’t quite have a home in a 3-4 defense. All of that points to Derrick Morgan in my mind. Of course, the Titans will have to part with more than just Morgan if they are serious about this trade.
Proposed Trade No. 1:
The Titans receive: DE/OLB Dion Jordan
The Dolphins receive: The Titans’ second-round pick (No. 42 overall) and Derrick Morgan
Proposed Trade No. 2:
The Titans receive: DE/OLB Dion Jordan and the Dolphins’ third-round pick (No. 81 overall)
The Dolphins receive: The Titans’ first-round pick (No. 11 overall)
Both trades have their pros and cons, but it would be hard to argue with either. In trade one, the Titans get Jordan and retain their first round pick to take the best player available. This hopefully allows the Titans to add an offensive tackle or a playmaker like Mike Evans or Sammy Watkins, though depth will suffer a little.
The second trade is a dangerous move because you are essentially trading away the possibility off finding any blue-chip players. If the Titans are sold that Jordan can be that guy for the franchise, though, then this would be a great way to add a third-round pick.