This past 2013 NFL Draft was best defined as a bit “unconventional” from recent versions of the annual selection process. No quarterbacks served as the anchor picks in which clubs jockeyed in and around those that just had to have the next franchise signal caller for their organization. Unlike the prior season with Andrew Luck and RGIII, or the previous season to that with Cam Newton, the NFL draft was influenced predominantly by those protecting QB’s and those hell bent on taking them out.
The emergence of the so-called “dual threat” at the position calls upon general managers to find athletic protection at offensive tackle. Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, and Lance Johnson were three of the top four picks in this year’s draft and all holding down the outside perimeter of the offensive line. But three of the top overall six picks were hybrid pass rushers with the flexibility to bring pressure off the edge and yet the athleticism to drop into coverage. These players could be considered “dual threats” themselves and will be charged with slowing down the growing popularity of the read option offense in the National Football League.
Dion Jordan, Ziggy Ansah, and KeKe Mingo make up the trio of defenders that quickly came off the board in conjunction with their offensive counterparts.
Jordan ultimately was judged the best of the three by the Miami Dolphins who were picking at #3. Steve Burkett, founder of the cutting edge analytical software Eye-Scout, breaks down the evaluative thought process of Miami’s front office in selecting the former Oregon Duck. This is a timely post as Jordan has been hampered by offseason shoulder surgery and had limited practice participation as the Dolphins prepare for their 3rd preseason game of 2013.
Examining Miami Dolphins 2013 NFL Draft 1st Round Pick Dion Jordan
by Steven Burkett – Eye-Scout Analysis
DE – Dion Jordan
2013 NFL Draft 1st Round #3 Overall
Dion Jordan is a Defensive End from the University of Oregon (PAC-12) that was drafted somewhat unexpectedly by the Miami Dolphins who traded up to the #3 spot to get Dion when most people thought they would be drafting one of the top Offensive Linemen.
I believe this will turn out to be one of the best picks Jeff Ireland has made in his career.
I will recap what is already readily available information on the internet about Dion before getting into my direct thoughts deeper than what is currently available. When I analyze talent I like to drill down deeper into the type of person, character, and leader they are (Critical Factors). What is their chemical makeup and what kind of teammate will they be in the lockerroom and on the football field. How do they think and what makes them tick.
Lets take a look at Dion’s “Parameters” and how they might compare with what a typical NFL Team might be looking for at a “Rush End” postion: