It’s an overly obvious one to make now that he’s a Dolphin, but the Dion Jordan-Jason Taylor comparison likely would have happened anyway. After all, Jordan has a similar tall, wiry frame and is incredibly athletic.
Jordan has heard the comparisons, telling NFL Network’s Michelle Beisner this week in Los Angeles that he’s focused on himself at this stage.
“After watching JT play for a while, I can see why they try to (compare) us, maybe because of our body size, the way we’re built.” Jordan said. “For me, I just want to build my own name. It’s good to be compared to somebody of his caliber, who has done a lot for that organization. But I’m Dion, and I’m looking forward to carving out my own path.”
How Jordan will initially be used remains a bit of mystery. At first, he could be a situational pass rusher, used on the line on passing downs and dropped back in coverage at other times — something of a defensive wild card. Jordan said that, while he see’s a primary role as a bookend rusher opposite Cameron Wake, that he’ll also be able to operate in space, if asked.
Time will tell if he can be a disruptive force like Taylor, able to consistently force quarterbacks into errors. The most prescient question now: When will Jordan be able to give it a full go on the practice field? Because of Oregon’s academic calendar, the third overall pick will have to a miss a portion of the offseason schedule, including next week’s OTA — Josh Kaddu and Jonathan Martin were put in the same spot last summer. The hope is that Jordan, who is recovering from February surgery, will be back at full strength by the start of training camp.
“My shoulder, and the injury that I had, is something that I’m really paying attention to,” Jordan said, “something I’m taking very seriously.”
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