The Miami Dolphins are in need of some serious help when it comes to getting better in 2014, but they won’t be getting that help form 2013 first-round draft pick Dion Jordan. Despite being a top pick in the draft last year, Jordan hasn’t yet made an impact with the team and that’s a trend that will continue into 2014.
According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are not expected to name Jordan a starter in 2014 and he’s not expected to overtake anyones job next season either.
The coaching staff loves his tools but believes he needs to add more muscle mass to play the run more effectively (he intends to) and shore up his pass rush moves. He would not project as a 2014 starter.
The Herald quotes a Dolphins source that states no one expected Olivier Vernon to develop into the player he did in 2013, something that has carried into 2014 and caused Jordan to be a non-factor i the starting lineup again. He’ll likely earn his spot at some point, but there are indications that he might be moved to linebacker in order to fit into what all of a sudden became a very crowded Dolphins defense.