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.