Earlier today the Dolphins Twitter account posted that last year’s third overall pick Dion Jordan will be suspended for four games for violating the NFL drug policy.
During training camp we heard nothing but good things about Jordan, he was healthy and put on a lot of muscle. Jordan had a chance to become an elite DE in his second year as he was also training with Jason Taylor. Quickly the idea was brought up that Jordan could be the next JT.
Jordan is going to miss games against the Patriots, Bills, Chiefs and Raiders. He will hopefully be back when Green Bay comes to town on October 12th.
Jordan had a chance to compete with Olivier Vernon to take the starting job opposite of Cam Wake. Now we have to wait to see what Jordan may actually be a starter. The Dolphins are deep enough where they can get by with their current group of edge rushers, but when Jordan comes back he should still be a potential starter.
People are already trying to already label Jordan a bust. It is still extremely unfair to label him that. When he was on the field last year he did nothing but show elite potential (except when he pushed Andrew Luck instead of tackling him).
A few other players drafted within their first three years in the league who ended up being quite good includes names like Joe Haden, Will Hill, Daryl Washington, Von Miller, Bruce Irvin and Josh Gordon. It is unfair to label Jordan this earlier in his career — though this suspension could hinder that progress.