2013 NFL Draft: Dion Jordan Makes Miami Dolphins' Defense Very Dangerous

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IApril 25, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Dion Jordan of the Oregon Ducks holds up a jersey on stage after he was picked #3 overall by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins traded up with Oakland Raiders and took Dion Jordan with the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. That's a sentence I never predicted I would write, but that is exactly what makes the draft so incredible.

As all of Miami tries to figure out what just happened, they should first take solace in the fact that the Dolphins only gave up the 42nd overall pick, leaving them with another second-round pick.

But Dolphins fans should be ecstatic to get Jordan. He gives defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle a dangerous weapon who can wreak havoc on offenses in a number of different ways.

His versatility and pass-rushing potential is undoubtedly what enticed Jeff Ireland to move up and make this pick, and he improved his defensive line dramatically in the process.

With a 2013 opening day defensive line starting Cam Wake and Jordan on the outside with Randy Starks and Paul Soliai on the inside, the Dolphins will have one of the scariest front sevens in the NFL.

Jordan is a little over 6'6", but has the agility one would expect from a cornerback. And even though he played mostly defensive end and outside linebacker at Oregon, he actually did line up occasionally against the slot receiver.

His athleticism is unparalleled, especially for a guy of his height and length. For a defense that struggled to make impact players and create turnovers last year, Jordan is the perfect addition.

He struggles a little with strength because of his long, lean frame, and won't run over any offensive linemen. But he uses his hands well and can get around the outside routinely.

With his long arms, he can also reach up and bat down thrown balls a la J.J. Watt.

On tape, you see the tallest guy on the field who also looks like the fastest pursuing the ball. His motor is solid, and he hits with a surprising force. 

If Coyle wants to get creative, he can move Jordan around and keep offenses on their heels. Jordan has the ability to get around the edge quickly, but can also backpedal on a blitz disguise and drop into coverage.

No matter what way you cut it, the Dolphins defense just got a lot better. I hate doing draft grades and all that, but this trade and selection both look great to me right now.

Stay tuned for more information on Jordan and the Dolphins' draft moves.