When the Miami Dolphins traded up to draft Dion Jordan, it shocked all of the NFL draft ‘experts’. Mostly everyone (myself included), thought the Dolphins were trading up to select their new starting left tackle, Lane Johnson. However, when Roger Goodell announced that Dion Jordan was the pick, we all screamed “YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH, AWESOME!!!! WAIT, WHAT?” The Dolphins were determined to get their man, a man that stands 6’6.5″ tall and weights 250 lbs. They were determined to find a freakish pass rusher opposite of Cameron Wake. However, what no one knows for sure is exactly how the Dolphins will utilize the unique athlete that is, Dion Jordan.
The Dolphins played a 4-3 defense for a majority of the season in 2013 under first year defensive coordinator, Kevin Coyle. However, the moves made this offseason would suggest that changes are coming to the Dolphins defense. Gone are run stoppers Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby, from the middle of the defense. Incoming defensive pieces include the more athletic linebackers Philip Wheeler, Dannell Ellerbe, hybrid Dion Jordan, and defensive tackle Vaughn Martin. These new pieces suggest that the Dolphins might be considering a more hybrid defense in 2013.