Now that the Miami Dolphins drafted former Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan with the third overall pick in this year’s draft, they still need to figure out what position will fit him the best. He can either play linebacker, defensive end, or both.
The Jordan question: Jordan can attend this weekend’s practices but not future ones in May or June because his class at Oregon hasn’t graduated, according to the Dolphins. So the decision on how best to use him will become clearer in training camp, when he should be fully healthy.
Oregon did not use him much as a hand-in-the-ground defensive lineman. It’s possible he could play a hybrid end/outside linebacker role in Miami, but the coaching staff will make that call.
“Could be,” Ireland said when asked if Jordan could end up at linebacker. “That’s what I like about him. He’s very versatile and he played linebacker there and he also rushed the passer.
“[When] we get our hands on him, [we will] see where the best place he’ll fit. We’ve got a great vision for him. Part of that’s going to be rushing the passer but the other part’s up to [coach Joe Philbin].”
Asked about the pace of his recovery from the shoulder surgery, Jordan said: “I’m doing well. Can’t give you a percentage. I’m not a battery. I tried it already, playing football with one arm. It doesn’t work.”
At the end of the day, the fact of the matter is that Jordan is a defensive play maker and it will be up to the Dolphins to figure out how to use him the best in 2013 and beyond.
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