Dolphins trade up to No. 3 pick, select Oregon DE Dion Jordan

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

The Miami Dolphins have acquired the No. 3 overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft from the Oakland Raiders and used that pick to select University of Oregon pass-rusher Dion Jordan.

In exchange for trading down, the Raiders have received the No. 12 overall pick as well as the first of Miami's two picks in the second-round of this year's draft, the No. 42 overall selection.

The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Jordan played all over the place at Oregon and projected as either an outside linebacker or defensive end in the NFL. The Dolphins moved to a 4-3 defense in 2012 and Jordan, who was the No. 8 player on the "Shutdown 50", is expected to play defensive end in Kevin Coyle's system.

Miami's defense produced 42 sacks in 2012, the seventh-most total in the NFL. Jordan, who had 14.5 sacks and 29 tackles for a loss, brings a dynamic play-making presence, though he'll most likely begin his career as a pass-rush specialist, playing opposite Cameron Wake.

Upon the news that Miami had moved up to No. 3, the prevailing thought was that the Dolphins were going to select Oklahoma left tackle Lane Johnson, who ended up being the No. 4 pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. Bypassing Johnson to select a pass-rusher is an indication that the Dolphins will continue to work on a trade to acquire Branden Albert from the Kansas City Chiefs.

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