Dion Jordan was the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013, but as he battled injury and transitioning to a game where it wasn’t good enough for him to just though his jock out on to the field, the freak athlete posted just 26 tackles and two sacks in limited playing time as a rookie.
Dion Jordan was facing questions about his size and strength, as many were saying he couldn’t play with his hand down on the ground on first, second down answered those questions at least from a physical standpoint. The “Praying Mantis” recently said he had added 17 pounds of muscle to his frame meaning that he was then not only faster than Cameron Wake, but also bigger. Jordan obviously was seriously committed to impacting quarterbacks and games in 2014, but unfortunately he got a little help in the weight room and he got caught on a banned performance-enhancing substance.
And sure coach Philbin can speak for all of us when he says that “(w)e were disappointed to learn about Dion’s suspension,” as he will be out of the Dolphins first four games and will banned from practicing during that time, but this is not the worst thing in the world Dol-fans.
I don’t like cheaters, and all indications point to Jordan being a cheater, but with that said Jordan wasn’t the only guy in the league on something, and with increased testing we can be sure he wont be on anything anymore. Jordan has accepted responsibility for his actions, because well, he has no other choice, but he will move on from the situation a bigger man. No literally a bigger man.
Jordan said that “during the suspension, I will stay in top shape and will be ready to contribute upon my return.” And this is the silver lining folks. Jordan could have remained an undersized defensive end who could have improved with experience, or maybe he wouldn’t improve, and he would be a top pick who can only run with tight ends and miss the occasional sack (think Colts game). But we don’t need to waste our time talking about the undersized defensive end he could have been, because he’s not that anymore. He built the house, all be it illegally, but he built it and now all he needs to do is maintain it. Jordan now has the size needed to compete with large tackles and engage and shed blockers on running downs. This miracle growth stemming from something other than Miracle Grow came at a cost, but that cost was only four games and his reputation. The Dolphins could have had a slightly improved version of the 2013 Dion Jordan for 16 games, or they could have a filled out freak athlete that looks ready to live up to the hype for 12 games + if Tannehill makes a big third year leap.
I am not saying that Jordan should be pat on the back for breaking the rules, but I am saying that there is a silver lining, and it will come fast and hard off the edge. Jordan is not banned from preseason play, so expect the Inflated Mantis to see a lot of work, and I am expecting that you will like what you see. And well if you don’t, when you want to make your argument for severing ties you can always lead with “he’s a cheater.”