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Dion Jordan not projecting as Miami Dolphins starter?

Defensive end Dion Jordan was the No. 3 player taken in a 2013 NFL Draft that felt noticeably lacking in star power. Jordan's draft slot was a product of a lack of standouts.


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Jordan looked like a player who might take time to develop, and that's what happened during a disappointing rookie season. He struggled to stay on the field in part because of his strength, which could be an ongoing issue. The Miami Herald wrote Sunday that Jordan doesn't project as a 2014 starter.

"When we drafted Jordan, nobody expected Olivier Vernon to develop like he did," a Dolphins source told the newspaper. "My concern is (Jordan) will have struggles playing against bigger tackles. If you play him at linebacker, he has far more range and speed and explosiveness than (Koa) Misi. But Koa is more consistent and steady. Jordan gives you great flexibility because he can cover and rush the passer. This is a huge offseason for him."

The most discouraging part of Jordan's rookie season: He never earned more playing time. He was on the field for 35 snaps in the final two games combined, accounting for just 23 percent of the team's total defensive snaps. The Dolphins' coaching staff reportedly believes Jordan needs more "muscle mass" to get on the field more. Jordan is behind two talented players (Vernon and Cameron Wake), but teams find a way to get great players on the field. 

The lack of development is partly on the Dolphins' staff. Jamie Collins, the New England Patriots' second-round draft pick, has a similar skill set to Jordan. The Patriots found a way to work Collins into the mix and play to his strengths late last season. The Dolphins didn't seem to know what to do with Jordan.

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