At 6-feet-6 and 248 pounds, there is a lot of Dion Jordan to size up. It might make more sense, though, to analyze General Manager Jeff Ireland’s history as a personnel pro when it comes to figuring out why the Dolphins jumped so far and so fast in the first round to get the Oregon star.
Listen to the following comment made by Ireland just after midnight Thursday and see if you don’t think of DeMarcus Ware.

“I’d rather not get into those kinds of comparisons,” Ireland said when pressed to name an NFL player similar to Jordan in skill, size and potential. “I would just say that he reminds me of some players I’ve had on teams that I’ve been on and let’s keep it that way.”

Prior to Miami, the only team that Ireland had been on in any capacity higher than area scout was Dallas. The Cowboys drafted Ware in 2005, which just happened to be Ireland’s first year as Dallas’ Vice President of Scouting, and they took him high, with the 11th overall pick in the first round.

The story goes that Bill Parcells wanted LSU defensive tackle Marcus Spears but Ireland lobbied hard for Ware, who exited college, just like Jordan, as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sided with his lead scout, Ireland. In the end everybody was happy because Parcells got his guy later in the same round, and Ware turned into a dominant pass rusher, racking up 100 career sacks faster than anyone but Reggie White.

No wonder Ireland was so eager to stake his reputation on trading up to get Jordan with the No. 3 pick in the draft. It was pushing for Ware, a raw kid from tiny Troy University, that helped establish his credentials in the first place, not to mention cementing the trust of Parcells.