When the Miami Dolphins traded up to take Dion Jordan with the third pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, they assumed they’d be getting a dynamic difference-maker. Following his recent four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy, it’s looking like Jordan might instead be headed for “bust” status.
#Dolphins DE Dion Jordan has been suspended 4 games for violating the league’s PED policy, team announces. 1st rounder from 2013
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 3, 2014
Jordan is coming off what can only be described as a disappointing rookie season during which he managed only two sacks despite being touted as a pass-rush specialist. The first-round pick failed to crack the Dolphins’ starting lineup, and only managed to see the field for 339 snaps as a rotational defensive end.
Now he’ll miss the first four games of the Dolphins’ 2014 campaign, which could further sink his stock as he attempts to prove he wasn’t a complete waste of a draft pick. Luckily for him, he’ll still be able to take part in training camp and the preseason, but must disappear once the regular season kicks off.
What makes it worse is that Jordan was creating some positive buzz heading into training camp after showing up to OTAs and minicamp with a rejuvenated spring in his step and 20 extra pounds of muscle. Now it makes sense, though, as to how he bulked up so much over the offseason.
The Dolphins already have Olivier Vernon as their starting right end, and now he’ll be able to widen the gap between him and Jordan even more. The Oregon product needed a big showing early in 2014 to earn more snaps; a suspension obviously hinders any progress he was making.
The outlook for Jordan’s NFL career continues to grow dimmer and dimmer. If he can’t improve significantly on his rookie performance once he returns from suspension, the Dolphins might make a serious push to trade him away before his value is completely depleted.
He’s not there just yet, but the “bust” stamp is already hovering over Jordan’s forehead.