After shocking the NFL world by moving up and selecting DE Dion Jordan instead of an offensive tackle back in January, Miami has had little to show for their gamble. While some would argue that Miami should have selected a tackle with the same selection they used to choose DJ (I can make that argument too), Dion Jordan showed us yesterday why picking him wasn’t such a bad idea.
In a bizarre and typical frustrating game as a ‘Fins game, Dion Jordan was a bright spot among the darkness. Though his stats say otherwise (he only registered 1 tackle), it was Jordan’s presence that made the biggest impact. He consistently beat his defender and put pressure on QB Joe Flacco. With the Ravens pinned deep in their own territory, Jordan almost snuffed out a screen to Ray Rice for an interception, but failed to come down with the ball. Shortly after, DJ made the play of the game and blew past his opposition to get a hand on Flacco’s arm during his throwing motion, popping the ball into the air and allowing Reshad Jones to walk in for six. At the time, the play completely shifted the momentum Miami’s way and tied the game.
Cameron Wake’s injury has left a huge hole on the defensive line. Miami is fortunate to have depth at the position. Jordan is getting better each week, and it won’t be long before Miami has one of the best defensive end tandems in the league. I am looking forward to the Dolphins’ DJ continuing to make music in Miami.