Dolphins release 2013 draft bust Dion Jordan following failed physical

By Ron Clements 1 April 2017 275
Dolphins release 2013 draft bust Dion Jordan following failed physical

The Dolphins have finally given up on Dion Jordan.

The 27-year-old defensive end was released by the Dolphins Friday following a failed physical.

Jordan will go down as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history. The Dolphins moved up nine spots to select the former Oregon pass rusher with the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. 

Jordan played sparingly as a rookie, but did appear in all 16 games. He registered 26 tackles and a pair of sacks, but missed the first four games of the 2014 season after he was suspended for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy. Before his four-game suspension was even up, he got two additional games for violating the league's PED policy again in September of 2014.

Jordan had just one sack and recorded 20 tackles in 10 games. He made only one start in his career, on Dec. 28, 2014, which was also the last time he stepped onto the field for a regular-season NFL game. 

Another PED violation cost him the entire 2015 season and was again banned for the 2016 season after playing in three preseason games last summer. 

The Dolphins had hoped Jordan would be the type of freak athlete at 6-6, 275 pounds to be a bookend pass rusher opposite Cameron Wake. 

"Obviously from where he was selected to today it’s not a move that’s worked out," Miami's executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum, who was not with the Dolphins in 2013, told reporters this week at the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix. "It’s pretty obvious. We’ll keep evaluating our roster and make moves when we feel it’s appropriate."

Jordan is perhaps the biggest bust in what was a very underwhelming 2013 draft class, especially at the top. Of the first 17 picks in the draft that year, only Detroit's Ezekiel Ansah, selected fifth overall, and Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, the 13th overall pick, have been selected to a Pro Bowl.

The No. 1 overall pick that year was Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher, who is still with the Chiefs. Of the top 10 picks that year, only Fisher, Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, Ansah and Rams receiver Tavon Austin are with the teams that drafted them. Former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, selected ninth overall by the Jets, was out of football last year. 

Jordan now joins Milliner in the free-agent market.

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