“With the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select defensive end Dion Jordan.”
And so it begins. The words uttered by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have forever changed the life of the Oregon alumnus and he couldn’t be more excited. The Dolphins made history when they selected Jordan making him the highest-drafted defensive player ever by the franchise.
Miami’s newest weapon took part in his first training camp practice this past Tuesday at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. ”I feel real good, first of all just being out there with the guys and being able to run around and hit things and just get back to normal football routine,” Jordan told the AP. The defensive end signed his rookie contract last Saturday but missed the first two days of training camp, taking full precaution while nursing his shoulder back to full strength following surgery on February 27.
The 6′ 6″, 248-lb ex-Duck was limited to individual and personal drills during his first day at camp due to the surgery but that was not enough of an excuse for Dolphins veterans’ to revoke Jordan’s rookie duties. Jordan was spotted walking off the practice field carrying the helmets and shoulder pads of two veteran Miami players. Clearly, they don’t care if where you’re drafted – a rookie is still a rookie.
Jordan went on to state his draft position does not add any additional pressure to him, nor did he come into training camp with any expectations. ”No matter what it is, if it’s just a pass rusher, if Coach puts me out there to start, even if it’s special teams, I want to play football,” Jordan said. ”No matter where it is, you’ve got to earn everything. I have to earn whatever it is.”
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