Miami trades up to take UO linebacker Jordan with No. 3 pick

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by Associated Press and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on April 28, 2013 at 6:47 AM

PORTLAND -- The Miami Dolphins have traded up to the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft to select outside linebacker Dion Jordan of Oregon.

The Dolphins gave up the No. 12 and No. 42 overall choices. The latter was the first of two picks Miami had in the second round.

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Oregon guard Kyle Long, son of broadcaster and Oakland Raider legend Howie Long, was picked 20th by the Chicago Bears.

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Three of the first four picks were tackles. Miami was in the market for help at that position but opted to upgrade a defense that tied for fourth-worst in the league last year in takeaways.

Jordan was invited to attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall Thursday, as one of only 23 total prospects invited. Yahoo! Sports listed him among the most fascinating prospects.

"We took a player we coveted quite a bit," general manager Jeff Ireland said. "You've got to knock the quarterback down, you've got to take the ball away. This guy can do one of those two things."

The Dolphins were surprised to get Jordan. He was caught off guard, too.

"I wasn't expecting the trade to go down," he said, "but I do feel like they made the right move."

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Jordan, who can play defensive end or outside linebacker, has drawn comparisons to former Dolphin Jason Taylor.

"He was a tremendous player," Jordan said, "but I want to come in and make my own statement."

Jordan had 14½ sacks in 45 games as a speed rusher with Oregon, and in his senior year he had five sacks and forced three fumbles. He may initially be a pass-rush specialist with the Dolphins, but they anticipate he'll eventually be an every-down end in their 4-3 scheme, Ireland said.

"He's got a tremendous skill set that's unique," Ireland said.

Among the top prospects still undrafted was Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton.

In 2012, Wheaton became the Beavers' all-time leader in receptions. NFL.com predicts he'll be picked in the first or second round, due to his "ability to test defenses horizontally and vertically."

The latest Oregon player to be drafted in the opening round was running back Jonathan Stewart in 2008, by the Carolina Panthers. Quarterback Joey Harrington was a No. 3 pick earlier.

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