After being a first-round bust, Dion Jordan is looking to revive his career with the Seattle Seahawks.
In 2017, the Seattle Seahawks took a chance on former first-round pick, Dion Jordan. Jordan was a first round pick by the Dolphins in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Dolphins picked Jordan at No. 3 overall after trading with the Oakland Raiders. While Jordan was viewed as one of the top prospects in the draft, people were still surprised by the move the Dolphins made. Standing 6-6, 275 pounds, Jordan had the look of a potentially dominant defensive lineman.
Jordan played four years at Oregon, and was a starter for his final two years. He collected 14.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in his time in Eugenue. He was a First Team All-Pac-12 performer in 2011, and the Ducks expected big things for Jordan’s senior year. Jordan collected five sacks, and 10.5 tackles for loss, despite playing with a shoulder injury that limited him.
He had surgery on his shoulder after the Combine to fix the issue. Despite the shoulder injury slowing him down as a senior and the pre-draft surgery, the Dolphins felt confident enough to trade up and select him third overall.
Jordan got off to a slow start in his career with the Dolphins. While he did play in all 16 games, he was only able to sack opposing quarterbacks twice. It was an underwhelming year for the first-round selection.
He only played in 10 games in his second year in the league due to multiple violations of the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy. He received his third violation in the 2015 season, which caused him to be suspended for the entire season. After being reinstated for the 2016 campaign, Jordan did not play in a single game for the Dolphins due to a knee injury. After being released by Miami, it seemed like Jordan’s career was going to be a lost cause.
In 2017, Pete Carroll and the Seahawks decided that they would give Jordan a second chance. Jordan started off the year on the reserve/non-football injury list while he recovered from a knee injury. Jordan was cleared to play for the final five games in 2017, and rewarded the Seahawks with four sacks.
It has been a long journey for the former Oregon Duck, but he has found a new opportunity in Seattle. With the departures of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, Jordan will be given a chance to be a starter this year. Now entering his fifth season, Jordan will be given a chance to revitalize his career in Seattle.