Dion Jordan on his way to SoFla
All those months of prognostics, mock drafts, Internet reports, rumors and rumblings, and former Chandler and Oregon defensive lineman Dion Jordan’s call to professional football still came as a surprise.
A 2013 NFL draft perceived to be light on “sizzle” and heavy on “steak” (or “beef”) worked out in a potentially big way for Jordan, the former Wolves and Ducks’ supreme athlete who was taken No. 3 by Miami on Thursday night after the Dolphins traded with Oakland to move up.
Jordan, who’s about get rich quickly after being the highest Arizona-native football player drafted into the NFL, figures to see the field immediately as a pass rusher, which was his strength and what he wanted to do most when it came to possible destinations heading into the draft.
“I was really surprised,” Jordan told South Florida reporters late Thursday night. “I wasn’t expecting the trade to go down. I do feel like they made the right move.”
Adding strength is a priority for Jordan to be an every-down lineman in the NFL someday, but all in due time. Besides, former Chandler coach Jim Ewan noted this week Jordan’s work ethic and unprecedented mental toughness following his accident and third-degree burns, a story which will be well-chronicled in the coming weeks and months around South Florida.
He’ll likely begin as a third-down pass rusher and go from there. There’s a lot of pressure on him in the wake of Miami moving up to select him (though not as much as the Dolphins’ front office). But, let’s face it, given his background and football pedigree, it’s a safe bet he’ll handle that part fluidly.
Good luck, Dion, though the suspicion here is you won’t need much of it.