The Oakland Raiders was on the clock at the number 3 pick, but suddenly the Miami Dolphins came out of nowhere and traded with the Raiders for a chance to select defensive end Dion Jordan out of Oregon. There is only one message the Dolphins want to express to the New England Patriots: “we going to get you”.
I’ve been saying all along since the start of free agency that the Dolphins are on a mission – a mission to at least become a division contender. While will take a great amount of effort to slow down Tom Brady and company, I can say that the Dolphins are on the right path. It all started with the hiring of head coach Joe Philbin and with the drafting of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Going into this draft with 11 draft picks, the Dolphins have more leverage than any other team in the league.
At 6’6” and 248 lbs, the Oregon product has great flexibility and speed to rush the edge and drop coverage. While he must work on his upper-body strength to get off blocks and gain advantage against linemen, Jordan was often asked to cover receivers or tight ends after lining up in the slot opposite to them. He can be more of a linebacker than a defense end as his body frame allows him to be more efficient at rushing the passer or as an outside linebacker in a three-man front, which is quite perfect for the Dolphins 3-4 defense.
There’s no doubt the Dolphins are in a quest to become an AFC East division winner.
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