With the third pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected DE Dion Jordan from the Unniversity of Oregon. Less than four years later he has now been released and is a free agent.
The Dallas Cowboys have lost many significant pieces from their defensive core last season, and even though defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has been Belichick type of genius the defensive still needs to make improvements. These improvements will most likely be made during the draft, however, bringing in someone like Dion Jordan makes a lot of sense.
Jordan had 14.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in 33 career games at Oregon. He also had 29 tackles for a loss. The defense that he played in at Oregon was not similar to the defense Dallas runs in terms of schematics, however Oregon’s defensive cordinator, Nick Alioti who started coaching at Oregon in 1978, like Marinelli did a lot interesting things with their defense. This means stunts, blitzs, drop backs, etc.
The Cowboys signed defensive linemen, Stephen Paea and Damontre Moore this offseason. They signed them to take over Terrell McClain and Jack Crawford’s roles. However, even last year they needed more from their defensive line. They do have 2016 fourth round pick (first of two, second being Dak Prescott), Charles Tapper coming back from injury. Also, most of the top defensive linemen will not be there for the Cowboys first round pick at 28 overall. Therefore, there’s a lot going on here, but Jordan could help fill a need by being a low risk – high reward player that only needs a chance and isn’t looking for high compensation. This is a very realistic possibility.
Published by: Nicco Vocaturo