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Dion Jordan looked huge at OTAs before being busted for PEDs

Dion JordanDion Jordan was suspended four games for violating the league’s PED policy, the NFL announced Thursday.

Jordan being busted for PEDs means that the Nos. 3 and 4 picks from the draft last year were both suspended for PED violations in the same week. Lane Johnson, who went fourth overall to the Eagles, was also suspended.

What’s notable is that Jordan looked noticeably bulked up at Miami Dolphins OTAs in May and admitted he was too light during his rookie season.

These nuggets from an Armando Salguero Miami Herald blog post in May were really foreshadowing:

Dion Jordan, the Dolphins first round draft pick, looked as if he took an air pump and plugged it into his arms and shoulders this offseason. That’s how big he looks.

Jordan said he’s “a little over 265″ pounds now.

“I was definitely too light to go out there against some of those offensive tackles,” Jordan conceded.

“This year I had the opportunity to have an offseason where I can take care of my body. I’m trying to move forward and continue to try to better myself in a few areas.”

So now we know where all that bulk came from.

Jordan was trying to bulk up because the Dolphins need him as a 4-3 defensive end instead of being just a pass rusher in a 3-4. They were trying to trade him in the offseason but nothing materialized.

The only good aspect about the suspension is at least Jordan took responsibility for his violation and is not blaming anyone.

“I recently learned from the NFL that I tested positive for stimulants that are banned under the NFL policy. I worked carefully with my advisors and the union to investigate the test results, and I take full responsibility for the test results,” Jordan said in a statement. “I’m very sorry for the impact of this situation on my teammates, coaches, Stephen Ross, the entire Dolphins organization, fans and my family as well. I will continue to work extremely hard during training camp and preseason. During the suspension, I will stay in top shape and will be ready to contribute upon my return.”

Jordan, who was viewed as a reach by the Dolphins at No. 3, is already looking like a bust.

Dolphins reportedly exploring trades for Dion Jordan

Dion JordanThe Miami Dolphins may be ready to give up on last year’s No. 3 overall pick after just one season.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Dolphins are gauging the trade value of pass rushing specialist Dion Jordan. Miami traded two picks — Nos. 12 and 42 overall — to the Oakland Raiders to move up to the No. 3 spot to take Jordan last year. He only played about 20 snaps per game last season with Miami, and the new regime is checking to see what they can get for him. ESPN’s Louis Riddick has been saying that the Dolphins were thinking about trading Jordan.

Though the Dolphins felt Jordan was worthy of the No. 3 overall pick last year, some draft analysts felt that was a reach because they believed he was a one-dimensional player.

The Philadelphia Eagles jump out as an immediate possible trade partner. Chip Kelly coached Jordan in college at Oregon, and the Eagles were extremely interested in the defensive end during last year’s draft.

If the Dolphins are willing to part with the No. 3 overall pick after just one season, we imagine plenty of teams will be interested.

Jon Gruden critical of Dion Jordan: He’s one-dimensional (Video)

Jon GrudenJon Gruden has been criticized for his easy-going commentary in the “Monday Night Football” booth, but he certainly showed his “Chucky” side when commenting on the Miami Dolphins’ selection of Dion Jordan at No. 3 overall in the NFL Draft on Thursday.

Gruden, who is generally positive in his commentary, expressed many reservations about the Dolphins’ pick.

“When I watch Dion Jordan play, I don’t see him play,” Gruden observed, noting that Oregon shifted defensive players in and out of their rotations like a hockey team working in shifts.

Gruden thinks Jordan has great athleticism, but “he’s narrow, he’s got a shoulder problem … lot of unknown.”

He also called Jordan a one-dimensional pass rusher who only tries to beat you to the outside with speed. He thinks that will be easy to defend in the NFL.

“My only concern with one-dimensional edge rushers is you can counter them if you just take the time and execute your protection plan.”

Hopefully you enjoyed the criticism from Gruden, because it’s very rare that you hear such harsh analysis from him.