Less than a year after the Miami Dolphins drafted defensive end Dion Jordan with the No. 3 overall pick, it appears the franchise is ready to part ways with the pass rusher that was supposed to wreak havoc in the AFC East over the next decade.
Reports now state that the franchise is placing Jordan on the market, with the intention of moving up from their No. 19 overall selection in the draft. With the Dolphins’ desire to revamp the offensive line, Jordan is not the only one on the market — the team is ready to move wide receiver Mike Wallace and defensive end Cameron Wake if the right offer presents itself.
Some may say that it’s a bit too soon for the Dolphins to give up on Jordan, and it arguably is. Though the University of Oregon product showed very little improvement as the season wore on in 2013, it was still his rookie season and the hybrid defensive end/linebacker does possess athleticism, size and pass-rushing skills that are hard to nurture in the NFL.
At the same time however, the young pass rusher did just have two sacks in 2013, while it’s been known ever since he was drafted by the team that he wasn’t a fit in the team’s 4-3 scheme — he’s best used as a hybrid pass rusher in a 3-4 defensive alignment.
The problem also is that the Dolphins stubbornly played Jordan as a 4-3 defensive end despite Jordan weighing just 250 pounds. Koa Misi was strongly entrenched as the strong side linebacker while Olivier Vernon received snaps at defensive opposite of Wake. Combined with a shoulder injury, it was a disastrous season for Jordan.
The franchise gave up their No. 12 and No. 42 overall picks in the 2013 NFL draft in order to move up to No. 3 to select Jordan. The franchise is showing too much impatience in its willingness to trade Jordan. In its defense, however, the franchise likely realizes how bad of a fit Jordan is to the defense’s scheme, that it realizes the longer the pass rusher plays for the Dolphins, the more it hurts his market value.
The quicker the Dolphins rid themselves of Jordan, the more they’ll get in return for the former No. 3 overall pick.
Either way, the decision to move up in the 2013 NFL draft and spend a No. 3 overall pick on Jordan was a bad decision. It took less than a year for the team to realize this.