Former number three overall pick, OLB Dion Jordan, has had a tremendous fall from grace with the Miami Dolphins since his being drafted by the team in 2013. Miami has been gearing up for the consistently unreliable Jordan’s absence after the the former Oregon Duck was suspended for the entire 2015 season. When asked if Jordan would be welcomed back to the team in 2016 when his suspension ends, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said to reporters: “We haven’t gotten that far. What is it, 11-and-a-half months from now? So there will be a time and a place to discuss all of that stuff.”
What Philbin probably should have said instead was “No, next question.” The athletically gifted Jordan has been giving the Dolphins headaches ever since his arrival with the team. Jordan’s poor track record with the league has kept him off the field and unable to mature as a player, much less a person.
On July 3, 2014, Jordan was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing substance policy. On September 19, 2014, Jordan once more violated the drug policy and was given an additional two games to add for the suspension. Then again on April 28, 2015, Jordan violated the NFL’s performance enhancing substance policy for a third time and received his suspension for the entire 2015 season. Aside from this being his second suspension in two years, Jordan has only managed to produce 46 tackles and three sacks since being drafted.
So what would tempt the New York Giants into giving up anything for such an immature and underwhelming player?
For starters, it is where the Giants could use him. In Miami the Dolphins were trying to turn Jordan into a three down defensive end which simply is not his strength. The 6’6″and 246 lb Jordan, is a quick and rangy athlete who excels when using speed rushing moves off the edge to get to the quarterback. In new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s blitz heavy scheme, Jordan would have a prime opportunity to consistently pin his ears back and rush the passer.
Playing as a stand up outside linebacker, Jordan’s presence would give Spagnuolo an athletic, albeit somewhat raw, player who he can toy around with in various blitz packages. If New York’s disciplined oriented coaching staff can instill some level of maturity in him, Jordan’s speed and tackling ability could make him a Pro Bowl caliber special teams star until he can develop into a more complete player.
While such a trade is a long shot to actually happen, the deal would be a low risk-high reward type of investment for the Giants. The Dolphins have made it abundantly clear that they will not welcome Jordan back and he has made a point of showing that he does not want to be their either.
The Giants could swap a seventh round pick for Jordan’s services, a player who was once considered the next great pass rusher coming out of college. If Jordan can from there realize just half of his once highly touted potential the trade would be an absolute steal for the Giants.