The Miami Dolphins shocked everyone when they traded up to the #3 pick with the Oakland Raiders. As soon as the trade up happened, everyone assumed it was for left tackle, Lane Johnson of Oklahoma. The next big surprise was when commissioner Roger Goodell announced: “With the 3rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select, Dion Jordan, defensive end, Oregon”. I saw watching this all unfold and was literally speechless. The Dolphins made a very bold move, draft a player that many have compared to Jason Taylor. I thought I was dreaming and literally pinched myself. Then, unimaginable fear overcame me……WHAT DID THEY GIVE UP TO GET HIM?!?!
According to the often used NFL Trade Value chart, the Dolphins move from #12 to #3 should have cost them two 2nd round picks. Instead, the Dolphins moved up 9 spots and surrendered only the #42 pick to do so. Whether or not you love the pick of Dion Jordan, you can’t deny that the Dolphins essentially moved up into the top 3 for half the price of what it would normally cost. The Raiders wanted out of the top 3 so badly and needed extra picks so badly, that they made a good deal (for the Dolphins).