Almost a week ago, Miami Dolphins defensive end/ outside linebacker was suspended for four games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
The question the Dolphins need to ask themselves now is whether Jordan is worth the effort or if now is the time they should cut there losses on the former number 3 overall pick?
Right from the start there were good reasons to question Miami's drafting of Jordan doubly so considering their decision to move up in the draft to grab him at number three.
Simply put Jordan has never been and will likely never be the right player for the Dolphins system. Miami play a 4-3 system with four defensive linemen and 3 linebackers. If Jordan were to play in this system he would have to play as a defensive end.
At the time of the draft in 2013 though Jordan weighed 248 pounds making him far too light to play on the line at defensive end. Then natural position for Jordan in the NFL then would have been at outside linebacker. In the Dolphin's 4-3 system though the role didn't exist.
If Jordan was going to make it with the Dolphins then he would need to gain a lot of muscle and weight. As Jordan's NFL draft profile points out though Jordan's “tall, lean frame” isn't necessarily well suited to adding lots of muscle.
It is in part for this reason that Jordan's rookie season was at best below par or in the words of pro football focus “a complete bust”.
The Dolphins never really seemed to decide how they wanted to use Jordan and he was ultimately relegated to a situational pass rusher. Far from what you are expecting for a number three overall pick that you draft up to get.
Despite, a disappointing rookie season though hopes for Jordan were still high. There were strong rumors of a trade to the Philadelphia Eagles where Jordan could link back up with his college football mentor from Oregon Chip Kelly.
In the end though these rumors went nowhere and Jordan began preparing for his sophomore year with the Dolphins. Jordan was tipped to play at defensive end and began to bulk up specifically to do this.
So successful was Jordan's fitness regime that he added about 20 pounds of muscle leading to Miami Herald writer Armando Salguero to comment that Jordan was now so big he “looked as if he took an air pump and plugged it into his arms and shoulders this offseason”.
Of course as it turns out much of this increase was due to the presence of performance enhancing drugs in his system. Since Jordan's bulking up was due to the presence of PEDs then the Dolphins now have to make a big decision.
They are surely not going to completely retool their defense to help Jordan play as an offensive linebacker. Furthermore, coach Joe Philbin did not want Jordan playing in a position where he would have to deal with covering the pass he wanted Jordan chasing down the quarterback.
It seems that Jordan is unable to do that in a 4-3 system though. He simply isn't big enough to play defensive end.
This simply leaves Miami with the choice of getting rid of Jordan. The franchise may not like the idea of getting rid of a player that they have invested so much in but throwing good money after bad is never a good choice. Plus at least Jordan can still be written off as a mistake of one of many out of the Tom Ireland era.
If Miami are very lucky there might be a team willing to trade something for Jordan, maybe a fourth or fifth round pick, if there is, the Dolphins should bite the teams handoff.
If there are no trade options the Dolphins need to do the best thing for the franchise's
long term health and cut Jordan. Jordan isn't a first choice player anyway and the Dolphins are already recovering from enough representational problems that they don't need another.
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