Dolphins trade up for Dion Jordan

4/25/13 in NFL   |   droth   |   127 respect

With the third selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins traded up from the 12th spot to select Dion Jordan, defensive end/linebacker from Oregon. The Raiders will receive the 42nd overall pick in addition to the number 12 pick.

Jordan can be a hand-in-the-ground 4-3 defensive end or a stand up 3-4 outside linebacker. He is 6'6" and 248 lbs., yet he ran a 4.60 40 at the scouting combine. Still, the question with Jordan is his on-the-field performance. He was a very talented college player -- one that opponents had to game plan around -- but he did not dominant consistently.

Nov 24, 2012; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive end Dion Jordan (96) looks on in the first quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY SportsComing off of a 7-9 season, the Dolphins have had a busy offseason.  Their biggest move was acquiring vertical threat Mike Wallace and with Ryan Tannehill showing signs that he is the future of the franchise, the Dolphins could make some noise.  But All-Pro left tackle Jake Long is gone and the Dolphins need to protect Tannehill if they want him to be able to get the ball to Wallace. Many expected them to take tackle Lane Johnson to replace Long.

The Dolphins secondary allowed almost 4000 yards in 2012 and then lost cornerback Sean Smith.  They signed former Pro Bowler Brent Grimes and the addition of Jordan will complement Cameron Wake and put additional pressure on opposing QBs.

In a relatively weak AFC East with the Bills and Jets, the Dolphins believe they are just a few moves away from seriously competing for the playoffs.  But in order to do that they will need to slow down the Patriots aerial attack and this move will help.
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