Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jordan: Whatever I have to do to make a play


The Miami Dolphins surprised almost everyone when they traded up to take Oregon defender Dion Jordan with the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft.

How Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle decides to use the athletic former Duck may turn out to be just as much of a surprise.

“He’s mentioned to me numerous amount of times what he’s planning on doing with me, the different types of schemes that the defense allows me to line up and do different types of things,” Jordan recently told The Finsiders. “He’s a very exciting guy.”

Jordan boasts a 4.5 forty-yard dash time to go along with his 6-foot-6, 250 lbs. frame, which combined with his overall athleticism, makes him one of the most versatile defensive players to come out of the draft in recent memory.

And it's that trait that makes him a perfect fit into what the Dolphins are trying to do on defense.

“One thing that I think is exciting about this whole group is the versatility that we have," Coyle told reporters during the team's June minicamps."[We have] guys that can interchange and play different spots.”

Jordan has yet to join in on any of Miami's practices due to NFL rules prohibiting his participation while his college is still in session, but he is set to join his teammates when the Dolphins begin training camp.

That fact has prevented the media from getting a preview of how Coyle will use his new highly-touted draft pick, but it's safe to expect one aspect of Jordan skillset to factor heavily.

“My ability to come off the edge and chase those quarterbacks down... and be lined up with a bunch of guys who have tremendous ability to get after quarterback and make big plays," Jordan said. As the 23-year-old rookie acclimates himself to the team and the league, his pass-rushing skills figure to be his most vital contribution.

"Getting after the quarterback is a very important thing,” he added.

After training camp begins, Jordan will have just a week before he suits up in a Dolphins uniform for the first time in the Hall of Fame Game on August 4th, a preseason tilt against the Dallas Cowboys.

No matter where Coyle decides to line the rookie up, Jordan will be eager to help his team succeed.

"Whatever I have to do to make a play, that’s what I’m willing to do,” he said.

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