The Miami Dolphins surprised the football world when they traded up and selected DE Dion Jordan with the 3rd overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. In a previous article back in February, I actually had the Dolphins selecting Jordan, but 12th overall (see article here ). Now, there are no surprises surrounding Jordan. He has signed a 4 year, 20+ million dollar contract. As of yesterday, he has been cleared to practice with the team in training camp.
It is also no surprise that Jordan has found a mentor in All-Pro pass rusher Cameron Wake. In a report for NFL Network, HOF Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp spoke with Wake on his way into Miami’s camp. Wake claimed that Jordan was “underneath his wing” and that Wake would help Jordan “step by step” of the way. When asked about Jordan’s role in Kevin Coyle’s defense, Sapp claimed that word around Miami’s camp is that Jordan will be used more on 2nd and 3rd down. Again, nothing shocking there.
It is no surprise that Wake is helping Jordan. It makes sense. While Jordan already possesses the ability to get to the quarterback, I would like to see him increase his run-stopping skills. His athleticism in the open field give him freakish potential, and he has one of the greatest defensive ends in the league to learn from. I think we can expect big things from Dion Jordan in the future.