Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 10/17/14
The Dolphins defensive line last year was pretty good. Defensive tackle Randy Starks and defensive end Cameron Wake each went to the Pro Bowl, and end/tackle hybrid Jared Odrick had a career year with 5 sacks as well. However, along with the addition of versatile athlete Dion Jordan to the defensive line rotation comes more questions, most notably: how will the playing time be divided up among this bevy of talented players? At first, one might think Cameron Wake and Dion Jordan as the team’s two most talented pass rushers should see the field as much as possible. While I agree with this, I don’t think Jordan should start in the Dolphins’ base defense at defensive end. Should Wake and Jordan be Miami’s starting defensive ends in base defense, they’ll likely get eaten up in the run game, as  Wake and Jordan are each about 250 pounds. This is largely undersized to be consistently holding up against 320 pound  offensive linemen in run defense, and something tells me the Dolphins’ offense won’t score points and force opposing teams to pass enough to justify an undersized pass rushing duo like Peyton Manning’s Colts did with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Instead, it seems the Dolphins’ best use of personnel would result from a hybrid front like the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos employ. While Cameron Wake has been a starter on the Dolphins’ defensive line for multiple seasons now and is a proven all-around player, Dion Jordan worries me. He’s young and raw, and players like that often don’t play the run well early in their careers. Therefore, instead of having Jordan start at defensive end opposite Wake, Jared Odrick is big enough to hold his own against the run (302 lbs.) but still provides pass rush, as shown by his five sacks last season. With Odrick solidifying the edge similarly to Red Bryant on the Seahawks, the Dolphins need not worry about defending the run. And with the aforementioned Starks and Paul Soliai at the defensive tackle positions, this starting group doesn’t look much different from last year’s. Where it becomes different is in Dion Jordan’s role. Jordan’s athletic and explosive skill set means should be highly effective in a Von Miller role; he would play strong side linebacker in a 4-3 under defense and then transition to defensive end opposite Wake in sub-packages, where he wouldn’t have to worry about playing the run and simply concentrate on using his athleticism to rush the passer. He would essentially at times be playing 3-4 outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense, since Odrick’s role primarily as a run defender means he would be playing (like Red Bryant) the five technique as a 3-4 defensive end. Kick Odrick inside with Starks in sub-packages to rush the passer, and the Dolphins’ front four on passing downs looks like one of the better in the NFL. Defensive end Oliver Vernon, who showed flashes of greatness on special teams last year to go along with 3.5 sacks, would likely be the Dolphins’ primary rotational defensive end used to spell Wake or Jordan. While the Dolphins will probably have to get creative to take advantage of Dion Jordan’s ability, having too many question’s because of the addition of a player like Jordan is a good problem to have. Need NFL Tickets? Loading... The post A talented Dolphins defensive line still has questions appeared first on Pro Football Zone.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Mike Pettine considered benching Hoyer for Manziel

Percy Harvin speaks out: 'I'm not a perfect person'

Report: Kobe has prevented Lakers from signing top talent

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

Alleged details of War Machine's suicide letter released

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Austin Davis says Rams security didn't recognize him

LeBron: Bulls are 'much better' than Cavs right now

Redskins to stick with Colt McCoy over Kirk Cousins

Rick Pitino: Louisville will beat FSU in football

Report: Rams considered favorites to move to LA

Kobe to Julius Randle: You’re an idiot if you (expletive) this up

WATCH: Boxer viciously attacks referee at Euro Championships

WATCH: Salvador Perez hassles Lorenzo Cain at media session

Lane Kiffin trashed in Tennessee political ad

WATCH: Lawrence Timmons throws up on field during MNF

10 NBA players who could be traded by the All-Star break

WATCH: Jimbo Fisher gets annoyed, cuts interview short

WATCH: Les Miles has classic reaction to dumb question

WATCH: Tennessee coach tried to trip Ole Miss player?

News station congratulates Gary Payton for breaking TD record

Did Sidney Crosby troll Flyers fans with Halloween costume?

Why Dan Mullen is not leaving Mississippi State

12 amazing stats from Week 7

Dolphins News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Pistorius sentenced to five years

Lane Kiffin trashed in political ad

Details of War Machine's suicide letter leaked

Angry Jimbo Fisher cuts off interview

Is Kobe's deal hurting the Lakers?

Tenn. coach tried to trip Ole Miss CB?

GGG continues his reign of terror

The 6 things that mattered this weekend in the premier league

News station congratulates Gary Payton for TD record

Ray Rice could be back by Week 10?

12 amazing stats from Week 7

World Series preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.