If they end up getting Albert, then taking Jordan – rather than an offensive lineman — seems much less questionable.
I predicted and would have liked if Miami had gone all-in on surrounding Ryan Tannehill with firepower by drafting Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert. Then again I can’t very well criticize drafting Jordan considering I’d had him going No. 2 overall in my mock draft. The attention paid him will make Cam Wake that much better. I like that Miami swiveled an emphasis back to defense after last year’s draft and recent free-agency stressed offense. Jordan’s potential is very big.
But even Jordan admitted, “I was surprised,” at Miami trading up to grab him.
Then came the obligatory bravado, of course: “If I can do one thing it’s get to the ball,” he assured. “I bring tremendous athletic ability. Overall I’m a great person.” (If he does say so himself!)
It had to be disconcerting, though, for Dolfans watching the draft live to hear ESPN’s Jon Gruden say he was “shocked” by the selection and call Jordan “a one-dimensional edge rusher” who could be defended. Durability also has been an issue with Jordan, who is recovering from shoulder surgery and may not be fully healthy for the start of summer training camp.
Miami entered this draft with 11 picks including a league-high five in the first three rounds. The math suggests that what the team does from here will be more important overall than Thursday night’s one selection. There is something about a first-round pick, though. A parade only has one lead float, and symbolically the No. 1 choice is the face of any team’s draft.
Whether or not you were cheering the Dolphins’ lead float Thursday probably gets back to your faith in the personnel chief who decided Jordan is that good, was worth the trade-up, and is worth the excitement.
We’ll find out if this was a good, smart pick.
In the meantime, this is far more about the man who did the picking.