2013 Miami Dolphins NFL Draft Review and Analysis

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May 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) during rookie minicamp at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

1. First round, 3rd overall: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

I have to admit, this pick shocked me a little bit but I really liked it a lot. I can’t say I’m overwhelmed with what Dion Jordan has done on the field, and he’s battling some injuries right now, but he is a heck of an athlete who has the type of pass rush potential that we saw in guys like DeMarcus Ware. I don’t like the Aldon Smith comparisons because I think Jordan can be a much more complete player, while Smith is pretty ineffective against the run. I think Jordan is more scheme diverse and can give the Dolphins another playmaker off the edge to pair with Cameron Wake. His explosiveness and athletic ability to this point are more impressive than the numbers he put up on the field, but I think most people see that this guy has a ton of potential. Hopefully for the Dolphins, he can tap into that potential and help put them back into contention for the AFC East.

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