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Dolphins add another DB with final pick

I wanted cornerbacks. I got three in this draft with the latest being Don Jones out of Arkansas State University.

Jones, 5-11 and 191 pounds, has two interceptions in his career.

At the Arkansas State pro day, he ran a 4.42 and 4.40 40-yard dash, according to NFLDraftScout.com. He also recorded a remarkable 42-inch vertical jump, which has skyrocketed his draft stock. For his senior season, he recorded an unofficial 72 tackles with one interception and two passes defensed.

Jones missed the 2010 season becasue he transfered to a JUCO due to academic reasons. He had been a running back in 2009.

Jones, who played strong safety, is expected to get the opportunity to play cornerback.

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"Bodine I'm keeping my expectations for Jordan low right now because he's a rook. The guy I'm expecting to see step in and perform is Vernon. We need a pass rush bad and I'm hoping Odrick comes inside on passing downs and Big Paul comes out and Vernon comes in. I'm still wondering if Soliai isn't going to be dealt at some point, as much as I like him I feel he's no longer a scheme fit for us."

Darkoak,

When you take a player that HIGH (at Number 3 overall) if he's not a difference maker as rookie then it wasn't a great pick. Why else do you trade up to get him??? So he could sit for a year or two & play behind guys??? No way. That's ridiculous. He MUST make an impact this year.

Assuming he puts on weight & is a DE that plays opposite of Wake (he & Ireland think that's his position) the bar for pass rushers has now been set by Aldon Smith (7th overall pick in 2011) who btw also is recovering from shoulder surgery for a torn labrum.

IMA I agree with you 100% this is year two of the rebuild and next season could be where we return to consistency in contending for playoff spots. There has to be progress this season though, if there isn't there will be lit torches and pitchforks out instead of planes with banners behind them. I'm expecting us to be in the wildcard picture as the bar I have set for success this season. If we finish with a losing record I would consider the season a failure.

Actually WHPs,

I TOTALLY disagree with your comments from above. So if a guy can't contribute from day one, you don't pick him at 3? If there were true Chris Long would never have gone number 2 to the Rams. Guys like Elway, Manning and Aikman struggled from the get-go.

It's not about ONE year, it's about their CAREER. I'm confident Vernon will step up this year while Jordan learns life in the NFL. I have NO problem with that at all. You get the top athletes on the team and then you develop them. The kid will be fine in time.

I agree with you. The expectations for Dion this guy need to be tempered. He's a very athletically gifted player but he's not a finished product yet. There will be an adjustment period for him to the NFL. Like you, I expect Vernon to have more impact this season. I'm fully expecting to hear all the 'Dion is a bust' crap from many on here.

Fukk 'em!!

Craig,

Obviously you can't fairly evaluate a player until he's been in the NFL for three years BUT when you take a guy that HIGH the expectation is that he's either going to be a starter or at the LEAST a very solid contributor.

WHPs,

Seems to me that Mario Williams struggled from the get go too. Pretty great player today. Likewise, I don't believe JJ Watt was a great contributor for day one. One of the best in the league today.

There's very few Aldon Smith's and Von Miller's who come in and have impact from day one. This is not the norm. It even took Cam Wake years to learn his craft. He's one of the best in the game today. The team needs to be patient with Jordan and they will. The investment money-wise wouldn't be outrageous.

Another guy who took a little time to develop was Demarcus Ware. One of the best at his position today.

I TOTALLY disagree with your comments from above. So if a guy can't contribute from day one, you don't pick him at 3? If there were true Chris Long would never have gone number 2 to the Rams. Guys like Elway, Manning and Aikman struggled from the get-go.

It's not about ONE year, it's about their CAREER. I'm confident Vernon will step up this year while Jordan learns life in the NFL. I have NO problem with that at all. You get the top athletes on the team and then you develop them. The kid will be fine in time.

Craig,

First of all Chris Long started ALL 16 games as a rookie.

As for the three QB's you mentioned??? They all played right away on terrible teams. Jordan is not a QB on a bad team like Tannehill was last year. If Tannehill could make an impact as a rookie (the experts all said no) then why should Jordan be any different. When Aldon Smith got drafted the experts all said he needed to add 'bulk' & they were wrong about him too b/c he's still the same size he was when he got drafted.

What dullards you people are. You have no lives whatsoever.

WHPs,

So your measuring stick for Jordan in his first year is if he starts all 16 games? I'm Ok with that.

I thought you might be expecting this guy to have 8-10 sacks right out of the gate.

Lets just get dion healthy first. Taylor is the guy we need to play good from the start

We are not done with free agency
There is more than 12 million available in cap so expect we now go for those we need to fill the holes we still have
I would not discard the possibilty of adding a LT and a receiver through free agency
Or maybe still trading for albert
They seem to like him just unable to get our terms so far

IF DION JORDAN WENT TO PATS OR JETS, WE WOULD ALL BE NERVOUS.
GREAT PICK!

There are similarities, fin4, between JT and DJ, but I was probably one of the first ones here to study Dion in depth and this guy is much stronger than JT ever was, all fiber, awfully strong. You'll see.

WE HAVE PLAYMAKERS,

YOUR PERSONAL HYGIENE IS ATROCIOUS. YOU DO NOT BATHE PROPERLY AND YOUR STENCH IS REPULSIVE. EVEN CATS AND DOGS DO NOT WANT TO BE NEAR YOU.

DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Seems to me that Mario Williams struggled from the get go too. Pretty great player today. Likewise, I don't believe JJ Watt was a great contributor for day one. One of the best in the league today.

There's very few Aldon Smith's and Von Miller's who come in and have impact from day one. This is not the norm. It even took Cam Wake years to learn his craft. He's one of the best in the game today. The team needs to be patient with Jordan and they will. The investment money-wise wouldn't be outrageous.

Another guy who took a little time to develop was Demarcus Ware. One of the best at his position today.

Craig,

You're misunderstanding what I said. Rookies are supposed to struggle to some degree. They're rookies but there are also expectations when you take a guy that high. It's VERY rare that you ever draft a product that adapts the NFL overnight.

I'm saying that Dion Jordan has to play, he has contribute, & he has to make an impact. I like Vernon but Jordan needs to make more of an impact that Vernon did last last year. Vernon was a 3rd round pick & Jordan was the 3rd player selected.

BTW--JJ Watt was also a 16 game starter as a rookie.

Oscar jt is a hall of famer. If hes half as good ill take it

Well yeah playmaker he bettee be a lot better than vernon. Vernon did nothing last year

How much does it cost to sign all of our draft picks?

WHPs,
When I read your comments I didn't understand that he has to contribute from day one. I agree.

But it's going to Jordan a year or two to become the player he'll eventually become. I'm just saying, I don't want to hear from people this crap of what a 'bust he is' because he doesn't lead the league in sacks right out of the gate.

I applaud the move because Ireland went and got the guy he wanted. None of us have any clue if he'll work out or not.

I like the Player, dusty, just didn't like the pick he was taken in.

we have claymakers and craigette, get a room.

So your measuring stick for Jordan in his first year is if he starts all 16 games? I'm Ok with that.

I thought you might be expecting this guy to have 8-10 sacks right out of the gate.

Craig,

LOL...That would be great BUT I don't think that's very realistic. Who knows??? Maybe Jordan doesn't even start right away. That's not what I'm saying either but he needs to play & he needs make an impact at some point this year. If that's the 2nd half of the year so be it BUT I expect this to be a MUCH improved team & he needs to be a part of that.

9.15 mill to sign picks

At the same time, JT is awfully smart and Dion, not so much(as he).

WHPs,

Jordan will be fine. The fan base will panic if it doesn't happen right away. i don't care. We've upgraded the defence ibg time and Vernon will be better. It will happen for Jordan at some point. that's the beauty of this, I don't believe he will be under pressure to be the GUY from the get go. We have some pretty good guys there who he will learn form.

When I read your comments I didn't understand that he has to contribute from day one. I agree.

But it's going to Jordan a year or two to become the player he'll eventually become. I'm just saying, I don't want to hear from people this crap of what a 'bust he is' because he doesn't lead the league in sacks right out of the gate.

I applaud the move because Ireland went and got the guy he wanted. None of us have any clue if he'll work out or not.

Craig,

Here's what Chip Kelly said;

"Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles just made eight draft picks in three days and did not take a former Oregon player.

That doesn't mean they didn't have one in their sights.

"Trust me, the guy who went No. 3, we considered him heavily," Kelly told reporters Saturday, referring to defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan, whom the Miami Dolphins traded up to draft right ahead of the Eagles. "We didn't get a chance to pull the trigger on that one."

I said this about Tannehill too after he was drafted. If his former coach wanted him then I want him too.

whos this qb clay belton they signed,lol

DJ will be awesome , he's a fierce pass rusher and very disruptive he will be all over the field and he is a quarter back hunter

Chip Kelly wanted him badley

Great Draft by the Eagles also.

WHPs,

I was an astute move for Ireland to go and get Jordan, in that he was the guy he wanted. It was clear to all that he had to get up ahead of the Eagles if he wanted him. I don't believe Jordan would have made it past the Eagles at 4. The fact he got him for less than it normally would have taken to trade up was another great move.

So we don't know if the player will work out or not but full marks for going and getting it done.

ESPN, crew gives our draft B-.

Jaws reviewed all of Tannehills throws last year, said he improved every game, loves him. He also loved getting Wallace and picking DJ. Thinks we can compete this year..the others think we are still 2 years out, all they can talk about is how bad our oline is.

Very probable knowing what Kelly said now, Craig M, very probable.

Bodine,

I hope the media talks us down all year. No question we have a tough schedule but I think we can surprise some teams this year. Have we done enough to make the playoffs? Don't know. Time will tell. But I think we're heading in the right direction. The talent level is there, they really all need to come together under Philbin and the coaching staff. We'll see how it goes.

Good stuff today fellas. Nice to see what this blog can be when the nimrods aren't polluting it!

Jordan will be fine. The fan base will panic if it doesn't happen right away. i don't care. We've upgraded the defence ibg time and Vernon will be better. It will happen for Jordan at some point. that's the beauty of this, I don't believe he will be under pressure to be the GUY from the get go. We have some pretty good guys there who he will learn form.

Craig,

At the end of the day it's about the TEAM having success & not one player. If Vernon or Odrick are playing well opposite Wake then great.

I truly believe that we have the right coaches here & I believe that we've improved our team's depth with this draft. I love our depth at CB, LB, TE, & RB. NOW If Tannehill can take advantage of the talent that we've put around him then I think this will be a good year for us.

Our draft covered all our needs we are ready to ball.

Sign McKinnie or Winston (just in case) and for sure we are ready to ball!

I loved the mike gillisee pick that kid is outstanding

all they can talk about is how bad our oline is.

Bodine | April 28, 2013 at 01:47 PM

Since the inception of that N.Y. based Network I've never heard anything positive about Miami outside of that Marino was very good followed by the BUT??????

Berman was always a Bills fan and they cover the Jets ad naseum!

And we singed chad bumphis wr from miss st. Great slot guy

Both the Bills and the Jets will be sniffing our buttcheeks this year anyways!

...I think it is a convenient excuse for Dolphin fans if Jordan underperforms this year. 1 he isn't a quarterback..so to compare the two positions is as ludicrous as the idea Jordan get a pass if he underperforms. 2 We traded UP for him into the top 3...He had better contribute something more then what we got from that position last year. 3. I understand that the first season of a player is not his defining moment..I understand that players get a chance to improve. All of that agree with. But I think it is a sad attitude, and very telling of the fan base that it is ok for this guy to be medicore this year..It isn't ok. You guys who absolutely love this pick, who think Ireland is a genius..who keep saying we got the top pass rusher in the draft..Well lest see it. Why should we be afraid of demanding success?

I expect big things from Jordan this year..right out of the gate. I'm not saying I will give up on him, or call the pick a bust if it doesn't work out this year. But I have to think the inside of the club..Their idea of moving up to grab this guy is to be a difference maker now.

Nfl network is horrible they kill us all the time never anything positive especially dukes and Evans

I loved the mike gillisee pick that kid is outstanding

Marc from nj | April 28, 2013 at 01:53 PM

DITTO! Saw him play some at UF and he can run the rock I was actually surprised he was there after RD-4 will push Thomas for sure.

The jets will win 5 games next year tops

At least next year clowney is coming out what a beast

DD,

I know your comments are directed to me. The reason I believe the way I do is because it's a marathon not a race.

My point is, if you know a guy may take a little time to develop but you have a good feel that he'll be a star in the league, should you not pick him?

I believe we have ENOUGH guys that will be good next year than Jordan will learn from. Like Tannehill and others, I won't judge Jordan based on what he does next year. Way too many players haven't made their marks from day one and gone on to be Pro Bowlers.

If you want to base your decision on Jordan based on what he does this year, then go ahead. I'm much more willing to let him learn and grow and the team will be too.

The should have said 'a marathon, not a sprint'.

Jaws reviewed all of Tannehills throws last year, said he improved every game, loves him. He also loved getting Wallace and picking DJ. Thinks we can compete this year..the others think we are still 2 years out, all they can talk about is how bad our oline is.

Bodine,

That's bullsh#t. Philbin is a former O-line coach & he'll get it right. If Martin is not our LT then Ireland will find someone else. It comes down to injuries & if our guys stay relatively healthy then the O-line will wind up being pretty good.

I'm sorry but the more I listen to ESPN & the NFL Network they annoy the sh#t out of me. How do you evaluate a draft the day after it happens??? That has to be the DUMBEST thing I ever head. They're SO focused on the guys like Manti Te'o, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, EJ Manuel, & the Honey Badger...I couldn't care less.

I love what Rick Spielman said when he was asked about how he thought he did after taking three players in the first round & he said "We'll know in three years." And you know what??? That's exactly right.

Nfl network is horrible they kill us all the time never anything positive especially dukes and Evans

Marc,

Heath Evans is still pissed at us b/c Saban cut him & he went to the Patriots. I guess I'd be too...

I am convinced, now, that Martin will BE our LT. All we need now is a RT

The Dolphins will win 5 games next year tops. This is an expansion team against a pretty tough schedule. 0-5 or 1-4 at the bye week. This was Ireland's last draft GUARNTEED.

..Craig M..Not directly. It just seems a lot of people love this pick. But, they building an excuse cushion for him just in case. I agree. Guys should be given time to develop. Jordan as well. I just expect him to be very very good this year. I expect him to be difference maker now. IMO if he isn't this then it is disappointing. It doesn't mean he will always be this, or this pick was bad. But, we moved up into the top 3 to get this guy..Since 2000 this has never happened.(That is as far back as I went)..

Looking at the few pass rusher taken inside of the top 5 since then. What sticks out is that none are bad year one, then turn into world beaters. They are what they are. We moved up with the conviction this was the BEST pass rusher in the draft. We did this not Jordan. He could have been had later (IMO, the idea the Eagles were going to take him is as much smokescreen, and validation of this trade then truth..Did they go LB in round 2,3,4?? couldn't have been to big of a need)

Ireland, The team picked this guy, went all the way up to 3 with the idea he will be good now. I think that should be the expectation.

We Have Playmakers,

It was wonderful waking up next to you and snuggling this morning. I think I love you.

Craig,

It's not about Jordan. Tannehill needs to play well & this team needs to win. There's no more excuses.

DD,

One other thing, I didn't say Ireland was a genius. I saud it was a genius move to go up and get a guy he wanted, ahead of the Eagles and not have to give up what fair market value was for the move.

Now whether the move works out or not remains to be seen but I love the aggressiveness.

Please don't twist my words to meet your argument.

WNP, draft evaluation is an ongoing process that begins in the present...TODAY.

Of course the media said the Fins gave Kelly an out by drafting Jordan so he didn't have to.

I actually get the pick. The scouts said this draft only had 18 or so players with true 1st rd grades.

The Fins opted to go for a difference maker and really fleeced the Raiders in the process. If anybody else would have went up that far in the 1st for just a 2nd rd pick we would still be hearing about it.

My only trouble with it is I would have liked Jordan to have had more production in college and not just "measurables".

JPP just had one year in division 1 but he was bigtime productive in that year. He was a sack machine.

With that speed, wingspan, and quick first step, all Jordan has to do is be hell bent to get to the QB and Wake has a chance at a 20 sack year.

Back on the DJ thing.....

Guys the point I made was about trading up to 3 to take a situational player. I have no doubt he will make an impact on pass downs but Odrick will see the field as the starter (all 4 from last Yr. will)I even got to thinking DJ might be used like Saban used JT in his 3/4 in a hybrid DE/OLB role were JT thrived and played some of his best Football.

In our 4/3 were Misi is a liability in pass coverage anyway I think the idea of bouncing him around looking for the miss-matches along the line might create havoc given his athletic ability and speed plus may surprise in coverage.I don't know yet as nobody does but was thinking about the player I traded up to get in on more than 40% of the D snaps, that all nothing more nothing less.

OscaR You left your hat in my car last night, come by and pick it up when you can.

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