Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin wanted his first-round pick Dion Jordan to learn from the already proven Cameron Wake. To reinforce the idea, Philbin assigned the two lockers next to each other at the team’s practice facility. According to Fox Sports Florida, Jordan is being mentored by Wake on a daily basis, from on-field tips to day-to-day preparation.
When asked about what he has learned from Wake, Jordan replied,
“Just the way to take care of your body. (Wake) treats it like a very expensive car. He won’t put in any bad gas or he wouldn’t go a few months without changing his oil. … He likes to show off his body by walking around without a shirt. Yeah maybe I can show off like that (one day).”
A year ago, Wake racked up 15 sacks for the Dolphins, good for fourth in the entire NFL. In his final two seasons under Chip Kelly at Oregon, Jordan managed 12.5 sacks. Given that he was selected with the third-overall pick behind just Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel in this year’s draft, the expectations are high for Jordan in Miami.
Wake was also asked about the relationship between the two, and the sort of advice he has been offering the youngster.
“Just helping him make the transition from college to the pros. Everybody here is a professional. There are first-round quality guys. What are you going to do to make a step above the guy across from you?”
Jordan and Wake could end up being a dynamic duo on the defensive side of the ball in South Beach. Wake is the ideal for a player like Jordan, and according to all reports, Jordan is taking in everything the veteran has to say.