The Dion Jordan saga in Miami finally is over.
The Dolphins cut the former No. 3 overall pick after the defensive end failed a physical.
Jordan played in 26 games with one start for Miami. He had 46 tackles and three sacks. He missed the past two seasons because of suspensions for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum said the following:
“Obviously from where he was selected to today it’s not a move that’s worked out. It’s pretty obvious.”
This stat is somewhat crazy:
Dion Jordan's 3.0 sacks in his first 4 seasons are the fewest by any defensive lineman after being selected Top 5 in the draft since 1982 https://t.co/M2Hvmabbzy
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 31, 2017
Here’s a taste of the Twitter reaction to Jordan being cut:
So many dogging on Dion Jordan. Not me. He's got mental health issues. He tried to come back. Didn't work out. Wish him the best.
— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) April 1, 2017
I'd just like to thank the @MiamiDolphins organization for taking Dion Jordan before Chip Kelly did.
— Lee (@Nelson81) April 1, 2017
The Dolphins have waived Dion Jordan. The Pats are excited to sign him for a bag of chips & make him a Pro Bowler.
— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) March 31, 2017
CBS Sports’ John Breech says Jordan is one of the biggest busts in NFL Draft history:
In retrospect, this Bleacher Report analysis of Jordan in 2013 doesn’t look so good:
“If a player is going to be considered a ‘can’t-miss’ prospect, he needs to have a combination of elite physical traits, sound technical football skills and be free of character flaws. Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan may not be the first player selected on Thursday night, but when you consider the combination of athleticism and versatility he brings to the table, there is no way Jordan will fail to produce in the NFL.”
ESPN’s Jon Gruden was skeptical of Jordan at the time, though:
“I really like Dion Jordan’s athleticism, but I’m shocked about this pick. When I watch Dion Jordan play, Mel (Kiper), I just don’t see him play. And this isn’t any false information. When you watch Oregon play, he doesn’t play against Cal because he’s hurt. But they play almost like hockey. He plays six plays; he’s out six plays. When you watch Dion Jordan play seven snaps in an NFL game, that’ll be the first time you’ve ever seen him do it. … He’s a great athlete, but there’s a lot of unknown right now at third overall.”
FanRag’s Alex Kolodziej says in fairness to the Dolphins, the entire 2013 draft basically was a bust:
The defensive end’s release was yet another piece of the 2013 draft class to bottom out. As it stands, there are only four players — Eric Fisher, Lane Johnson, Ziggy Ansah and Tavon Austin — that were selected in the Top 10 to enter the 2017 season with the same team they were drafted by. So not only was the draft in itself a yawn fest — five of the first 10 picks were offensive lineman — a majority of the top-tier players weren’t significant enough to keep around.
While several teams reportedly are interested in Jordan, including the Patriots and Steelers, the Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser is unconvinced it will matter:
Jordan leaves as a 27-year-old with plenty of baggage and not enough potential value to offset it. He’ll have a hard time getting any organization to take him seriously, and it’s a long shot that he’ll ever play again. The more realistic (and important) ambition for Jordan is to find a way to be a functional adult. To his credit, he was accountable for missteps and sounded intent on straightening out his life.
Fox Sports’ Cameron DaSilva broke down several other recent draft busts:
2012: WR Justin Blackmon, Jaguars (5th overall) — Remember Blackmon? He’s the guy who was once called Dez Bryant “with all of his brain cells,” yet he’s played just 20 games in his career and has repeatedly found himself in trouble off the field. He had very minimal impact for the Jaguars, catching just 93 passes for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns in his career.
2014: QB Johnny Manziel, Browns (22nd overall) — Only one player taken in the first two rounds of the 2014 draft has played fewer games than Manziel, and that’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste – the 58th overall pick. Manizel, the 22nd selection, has been a huge disappointment, to the point where he can’t even find a job in the NFL.
2015: LT Ereck Flowers, Giants (9th overall) — Flowers has been a disaster at left tackle for the Giants, and it would seem that a move to right tackle or guard might be necessary. Through two seasons, he’s been one of the worst left tackles in the NFL, and it’s strange that the Giants haven’t been more open to booting him from that position.
What do you think? Who is the biggest NFL Draft bust of the past five years: Jordan, Flowers, Manziel or Blackmon?