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Dion Jordan hasn't even stepped on the Miami Dolphins practice field, let alone taken a regular-season snap. But the University of Oregon defensive end already understands what the NFL is all about.
"It's become a passing league," Jordan said Thursday night during his news conference at Radio City Music Hall. "You need guys who can protect quarterbacks and guys who get after them."
That's the story of the 2013 NFL Draft.
It won't be remembered for quarterbacks like the classes of 2012 and 1983. One didn't get chosen in the first round until Buffalo nabbed Florida State's E.J. Manuel at No. 16.
This year, it was all about the players who guard and pressure the passer.
For the first time in NFL history, the first six players chosen were offensive tackles or edge rushers. Jordan's high selection was no shock considering the pre-draft buzz surrounding him as the second coming of DeMarcus Ware.
The team that chose him was.
Sitting at No. 12, the Dolphins were considered a good possibility to move higher into the first round. But conventional wisdom had Miami targeting a left tackle to replace free-agent departure Jake Long.
Two of those behemoths -- Eric Fisher (Kansas City) and Luke Joeckel (Jacksonville) -- were already off the board when the Dolphins leapt all the way to No. 3 by swapping picks with Oakland and making the modest surrender of a second-round choice. Rather than read the name of Oklahoma left tackle Lane Johnson when reaching the podium like most media members were predicting on Twitter, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced a player who didn't even take a pre-draft visit to South Florida.
"There were phone calls here and there but it wasn't like my name was being tossed around to go to the Miami Dolphins," a smiling Jordan said.
The stealth move was another reason for Dolphins fans to celebrate what on paper might someday be remembered as the greatest offseason in franchise history.
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland snared the top free-agent wide receiver in Mike Wallace and provided more offensive firepower to an anemic unit by signing wideout Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller. The linebacker corps was overhauled with Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler. Other free-agent pieces were added as Ireland tried to compensate for the mistakes he made in previous drafts. And the Dolphins are still in the market for Kansas City left tackle Branden Albert, who is on the trade block.
The only way this spring can get better for the Dolphins is if Miami-Dade County voters pass a Sun Life Stadium-renovation referendum in May that will provide corporate welfare for billionaire team owner Stephen Ross.
While outside linebacker wasn't Miami's most pressing need, Jordan's selection was brilliant. Cameron Wake hadn't enjoyed a strong pass-rushing complement since Jason Taylor retired after the 2011 season. The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Jordan already has heard comparisons to Taylor because of his lanky build and athletic ability that would allow him to take some snaps at outside linebacker in 3-4 alignments.
The Dolphins now expect Jordan to accomplish what Taylor did for a decade -- harass Tom Brady as Miami tries to topple New England in the AFC East.
"Brady, man, he's a tremendous talent," Jordan said. "He's a staple in the NFL. To be in the NFL, obviously, it's a heck of an opportunity to play against guys like him.
"My best attribute is getting after the quarterback. I have to take care of that part."
Detroit and Cleveland are hoping that Brigham Young's Ziggy Ansah and Louisiana State's Barkevious Mingo -- the ends they chose at No. 5 and No. 6 respectively -- do the same. This is also why Kansas City, Jacksonville and Philadelphia, which chose Johnson at No. 4, selected tackles specifically to shield their quarterbacks from harm.
It's a passing league.
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DAVIE, Fla. The Miami Dolphins pulled off the first stunning move of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, trading up for Oaklands third overall pick and selecting Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.
The Dolphins sent their first-round pick (12th overall) and a second-round pick (42nd overall) to the Raiders.
Jordan, 6-foot-6, 248 pounds, is a former tight end considered to be an edge...
1.03 Miami Dolphins (From Oakland) Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon, (6-6, 248)
The first trade of the night is out of the way, the Dolphins have moved up into the third pick of the draft to get defensive end Dion Jordan. The Raiders get picks number 12 and 42 from the Dolphins as a result of the trade.
Dion Jordan is known as a pure pass rusher, being a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker...
The Miami Dolphins began the draft with the most picks of any team, and they used two of them to select pass rusher Dion Jordan of Oregon.
Miami general manager Jeff Ireland swung a trade Thursday night with Oakland to move up nine spots in the first round and take Jordan with the overall No. 3 pick.
The Dolphins needed a left tackle, and three of top four picks in the draft were...
The Dolphins acquired the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft in a trade with the Oakland Raiders. They use it to select Dion Jordan, Outside Linebacker out of Oregon.
Jordan is clearly a top 10 selection, one the Dolphins thought could be gone by their original 12th pick. Needing an impact linebacker, the trade up to get Jordan looks like an interesting move, considering...
The Oakland Raiders took the words "Black Hole" literally when they analyzed their roster, because no one was getting out alive. With notable releases such as; Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Huff, Rolando McClain and Carson Palmer being traded to the Arizona Cardinals, the Raiders were truly in a rebuilding phase.For the first time in Raiders history, they will have the...
The Miami Dolphins have traded their 12th overall pick and 42nd overall pick to the Oakland Raiders for the third overall pick in the NFL Draft. With that pick they took Dion Jordan, OLB from Oregon.
Jordan has been drawing comparisons to Jason Taylor, which is obviously a very nice comparison for Dolphins fans.
Miami obviously really likes Jordan, so we'll see how well...
Oregon's Dion Jordan was the third player taken in the NFL Draft on Thursday when the Miami Dolphins traded the Oakland Raiders for the chance to pick up the Oregon defensive end. Jordan is the highest drafter defensive player in school history and is the third Duck to be select No. 3 overall, joining quarterbacks Joey Harrington in 2002 and Akili Smith in 1999.
One of the bigger surprises so far in the 2013 NFL Draft was the Miami Dolphins trading up to the third pick of the draft and selecting University of Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan.
After the pick was made, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden didn't exactly look that enthralled with the selection:
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As expected the Raiders successfully traded out of the No. 3 spot in the trade in a move to acquire more draft picks.
The Raiders have traded the third overall pick in the NFL draft to the Dolphins.
In return the Raiders receive the 12th and 42nd picks overall.
The Dolphins used the pick to select OLB Dion Jordan, a pass rush specialist from Oregon.
The first two picks by the Chiefs...
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It’s still unclear how the No. 1 pick will shake out, let alone the first, second or third rounds, but this is the way I rank the Top 100 prospects in the draft. There may not be a consensus No. 1 pick in the class like there was in 2012 with Andrew Luck...
BY NICK ST. DENISDion Jordan is slated to be Cameron Wake's best friend. Jordan will be Wake's.When the Miami Dolphins traded up to No. 3 overall to take the Oregon pass rusher in Jordan, Wake finally got the opposite-side threat he's been lacking of late.Opposing offenses have increasingly keyed in on the quarterback-hungry Wake, as the team didn't boast another...
Last night was monumental for the Oregon Ducks football program, a night that will give the Oregon coaching staff yet another tool when they hit the recruiting trail in the coming years.
The Ducks saw their former defensive end, Dion Jordan, get drafted third overall in the 2013 NFL Draft and former offensive lineman, Kyle long, get drafted 20th. It was the first time since 1972...
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1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joekel, OT, Texas A&M
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
5. Detroit Lions: Ziggy Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabma
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
8. Buffalo Bills...