Following an extraordinarily forgettable rookie campaign, Dion Jordan is reinventing himself to fit at defensive end in the Dolphins’ 4-3 scheme.
The results are more than noticeable.
Hitting the field for OTAs on Tuesday, Jordan weighed in at a rock-solid 265 pounds — a 17-pound increase since the 2013 Combine — looking like he “took an air pump and plugged it into his arms and shoulders this offseason,” according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero.
Jordan, last year’s No. 3 overall pick, explained that his beefed-up stature will help conquer a position that demands he holds his own.
“I was definitely too light to go out there against some of those offensive tackles,” Jordan said. “This year I had the opportunity to have an offseason where I can take care of my body. I’m trying to move forward and continue to try to better myself in a few areas.”
When the Dolphins traded up to nab the former Oregon star, it was assumed he would be a natural fit at outside linebacker. But coach Joe Philbin was — and apparently still is — adamant against moving Jordan from Miami’s three-man front.
“To hear the coach explain it, coaches don’t want Jordan thinking about covering zone or man when he should be chasing the quarterback,” Salguero wrote. “So he’s a defensive end.”
Jordan recorded just 26 tackles and two sacks in 2013, appearing more on special teams than in defensive rotations. With Cameron Wake and Oliver Vernon locked into starting spots, Jordan must take a giant leap in order to see more meaningful snaps.
Bulking up is certainly a good start.
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