Why Trading Dion Jordan Makes Sense for the Miami Dolphins
The general manager for the Miami Dolphins who was in charge of maneuvering the trade for the third overall pick with the Oakland Raiders to select Jordan, Jeff Ireland, was given the axe in January. The Miami Dolphins hired Dennis Hickey, formerly the director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When new front office staff is hired, it’s not uncommon to see the new regime attempt to right any potential wrongs made by the previous men in charge and it’s possible Hickey doesn’t view Jordan as highly as Ireland did.
Dion Jordan didn’t exactly light it up in his first season at 4-3 defensive end, taking snaps in all sixteen games but finishing with just 26 tackles and two sacks. He didn’t make it long as a starter, being passed on in favor of defensive end Oliver Vernon, who finished 2013 with 57 tackles and 11.5 sacks. Dolphins fans I have spoken to about this topic have expressed support for Vernon to remain the starter in 2014, and many thought that taking Jordan before considering offensive tackle Lane Johnson (who ended up being selected the Eagles at the very next pick) was misguided and one of the final nails in the coffin for Ireland’s run in Miami.