2013 Draft Pick Break-Out Year
This is the second of a four part series. Today AFC East News … Dolphins will be picking a player from last year’s draft for each team. I will tell you why I believe he will be a difference maker this season.
Jordan was labeled a bust before he even took a snap in the NFL. Dolphins fans and haters alike have put a label on this young man from day one (including this writer).
Let’s remove our dark glasses and really look at it. Jordan was a top 5 pick, long before the Dolphins were involved. Clearly they liked him a lot, because they moved up knowing too well that the Philadelphia Eagles were about to select the kid.
He had a tremendous college career at Oregon, in one of the top programs in the country.
He is very good at pursuing a runner, not as much standing up at the line. That may come with time as he bulks up.
We have wrongly labeled this young man. It wasn’t his fault the Dolphins moved up to #3 to get him, and certainly not his fault the shoulder injury prevented him from being a full participant in OTAs a year ago. I blame the old Dolphins front office for not admitting that they were drafting a future player, regardless of injury, and not an immediate starter as was needed.
Jordan will rebound nicely; from all I read he is having a tremendous off-season, and is as expected when drafted, bulking up to a NFL DL weight.
We tend to put too many expectations on early rounds picks. Regardless of where a player is taken, it takes time to adjust to the speed, opponent’s size, and athleticism the NFL requires.
The Dolphins will need to rely on him a lot more, and not waste his talents on STs.
If used properly, the kid can develop into a Jason Taylor type. I will be very surprised if he doesn’t reach 7-8 sack totals. His sophomore year should quiet the critics.
Miami has found a player they can count on for years to come.