The Oakland Raiders wanted to move out of the third spot in the draft. The Dolphins wanted to move up. In normal years the desire to move up and the desire to move back is a marriage of convenience that comes with an expensive dowry.
Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland explained the events that led to this exchange. It started over a dinner with the coaches and owner. Stephen Ross polled the group and said that “Dion Jordan’s name kept coming up”. Jeff Ireland said they had been watching him for two years, since 2011.
Ireland told local media that he called Oakland before the draft and said they had interest. The GM, the coaches, and even the owner figured it was too expensive to move up. Five minutes into the selection, Ireland said he told Ross he was going to call them. Ross thought it was a joke.
Ireland told the media today that he felt you can try and you get nothing if you don’t. Ireland would not reveal what his first offer was only that the Raiders rejected it. Within a minute the Raiders were calling back asking if the Dolphins would give their 42nd pick. Ireland accepted and the war room was shocked and excited.
Dion Jordan, a long shot to make it to Miami in any manner, suddenly was in their hands. Amazingly, there are those in the media today who believe the Dolphins overpaid. Regardless of whether the Dolphins’ Jordan becomes a boom or bust, the Dolphins’ Jeff Ireland worked out an amazingly lopsided deal and got the guy his guys wanted.