Originally posted on Know It All Football  |  Last updated 8/10/13
Yes,I know it’s only preseason. That, however, does not change the fact that the Miami Dolphins spent the third overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft on what they thought would be an impact, pass-rushing defensive end in Dion Jordan. Through two preseason games, Jordan hasn’t shown to be anything close to that. In fact, without watching the games, you’d have to look twice at the Miami box scores to make sure he actually played. In the Hall of Fame game last weekend against the Dallas Cowboys, Jordan registered two tackles and one quarterback hurry. On Friday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he logged a single tackle. This, preseason or not, is not the kind of impact you expect when you draft a defensive end with the third pick. The fact is, Jordan is undersized and lacks the strength to be an impact defensive player in the National Football League. He’s a natural tight end who was converted to defensive end in college and was average at best throughout his career. His 4.6 second 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine seems to have been all Miami needed to see to take him so high. They seemed to ignore the fact the he logged a grand total of 14.5 sacks during his entire three year career at Oregon. To put those numbers into perspective, three PAC 12 players had 13 sacks or more in 2012 alone. Jordan had five. To be honest, none of this is a surprise to me. Before he was even drafted, I targeted Jordan as a potential bust that someone was going to take way to high in April’s draft. This appears to be a classic case of scouts and “football people” in general focusing far too much on a player’s athleticism and not enough on his bottom line production. The lack of pass rushing production, especially from Jordan, has to be alarming and a bit of a concern for both the Dolphin coaching staff and their fans. Through two preseason games, the Dolphins have totaled four sacks. That same average would yield 32 sacks during the regular season, which would have ranked them 23rd in 2012. As it was, they logged 42 sacks in 2012 to finish seventh in the league as a team. You shouldn’t regress when you draft a guy as high as they drafted Jordan with the intent of improving on a specific stat. Given Ryan Tannehill’s inability to connect with highly touted free agent acquisition Mike Wallace due to what some think have been protection issues, perhaps the Dolphins would have been better suited to draft any one of a number of offensive tackles that went off the board early in April in order to replace Jake Long. Instead, they fell victim to the hype and combine numbers of some kid who has really never been anything but a workout warrior since he put on pads. BY J.P. SCOTT ON AUGUST 10, 2013 Follow @JPScottSports on Twitter. Reads: (20)
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