Miami Dolphins star DE/OLB Dion Jordan barely played as a rookie, and a regime change coupled with a crowded front seven led to trade rumors surrounding the former Oregon Ducks star. Jeff Ireland made a bold move to trade up for Jordan despite a lack of need at the position, but he believed that the versatile defensive playmaker’s elite physical tools and all-around potential were too good to pass up on. Jordan looked really good in limited snaps last year, and there was some speculation that Chip Kelly could reunite with the Oregon star on the Philadelphia Eagles. That never materialized, and the Dolphins appear to be more than happy to keep him around. In fact, they did their best to refute every single trade rumor that surfaced earlier this offseason.
At this point in time, the Dolphins seem very high on Jordan’s possible impact in 2014, and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle gave some high praise to the second-year pro. Pinpointing him as a breakout player, Coyle said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, But we have great expectations for Dion Jordan coming into this year. You cannot have enough great pass rushers and we feel with Dion at full speed we have a prime time player that’s going to explode this season. ”
Jordan gained some major weight this offseason, and a big reason for his inability to get on the field last year was a lack of offseason preparation. Seen as a bit raw coming from the Oregon defense and coming into the league with vast physical tools, Jordan was also recovering from a significant shoulder injury that had a huge effect on the amount of time he could spend working. Now that he has experienced and is bulked up, Jordan is ready to make an impact as a pass rusher, in coverage (check out his work in that respect at Oregon), and against the run. The Dolphins front seven is nasty, and Jordan has as much potential as any of the 2014 breakout candidates in this league.