The Miami Dolphins remain undecided what to do with Dion Jordan. While the second-year pro is interested in continuing to lineup as a defensive end, the Dolphins are considering moving him out to linebacker, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Many NFL insiders believe Jordan’s NFL career could take off if he were moved to linebacker full-time, returning to the position he played in the University of Oregon’s 3-4 defense.
“That’s one [decision] we’re going to keep talking through,” vice president Mike Tannenbaum said at the NFL’s Owner’s Meetings. “Obviously he’s a great pressure player in the front seven, a great athlete. We all see the play last year where he’s running 60 yards down-field covering [Lions receiver] Calvin Johnson. There aren’t many people on the planet that can do those things. He’s a young athletic guy with great upside and we’ll see how that plays out.”
Jordan, who is 6-foot-6, 275 pounds, is not opposed to a position switch, but admitted at the end of the 2014 season that he views himself as a NFL pass rusher.
Jordan has been used as a hybrid pass rusher for the past two seasons, typically coming on the field as a linebacker in the speed package on passing downs. He’s contributed 46 tackles and three sacks in the 26 NFL games he’s played.
The Dolphins could use the help at linebacker after the recent release of Phillip Wheeler, and last week’s trade that sent Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints opens up one of the two starting spots. Miami needs an outside linebacker to pair with inside linebacker Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins, the weakside linebacker who led the team in tackles last season.