Monday, April 29, 2013

Dion Jordan might be late to Dolphins' OTA party


The player that the Miami Dolphins took first in the draft will likely be the last draft pick to join the team for offseason workouts.

Defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan, who the Dolphins traded up to take with the third overall pick on Thursday, will probably miss Miami's first three offseason workouts due to conflicts with his academic schedule, according to a report from the South Florida Sun Sentinel. (photo:

Jordan's current school, the University of Oregon, operates on a quarters system as opposed to semesters, which will run into June. NFL rules prohibit a player from joining a team before his academic year is over.

The report states that Oregon's finals are scheduled for June 10-14, which could make the athletic linebacker available for Miami's fourth and final mini-camp before training camp, scheduled for June 11-13.

Missing time with his conditioning coaches could be a slight issue for Jordan, who many believe needs to add bulk to his 248-pound frame to reach his NFL potential. Dolphins second-year tackle Jonathon Martin, who missed the majority of the team's 2012 offseason programs due to Stanford University's quarters schedule, was in a similar situation prior to last season and it may have contributed to his struggles in his rookie campaign.

The two situations and the natures of their respective positions are clearly different, but the missed time will at the very least delay his acclimation to his new team.

Linebacker Josh Kaddu, a 2012 fifth-round draft pick of Miami's and a former teammate of Jordan's at Oregon, also missed most of last season's offseason programs.

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