10. Dion Jordan, DE
Stop laughing. The Seahawks inked the third-overall pick out of Oregon in the 2013 NFL Draft to compete with their talented pass rushers for a roster spot. General Manager John Schneider signed Dion Jordan for the NFL’s equivalent of “chump change,” a mere $640k, for one year.
It’s the kind of deal an NFL team hands a player as a reclamation project. If said player does well, he’ll provide value to the team for at least that one year and add value to his personal brand, which will get both he and his agent paid after that one-year contract is up. Jordan should be motivated to prove that the Dolphins were right to spend a third-overall pick on him and wrong to cut him loose after only two seasons in the league.
Jordan was mostly invisible in his two seasons in Miami. He appeared in 26 games and only started one, recording only three sacks. 2017 could be Jordan’s last chance in the NFL, and he chose a team with staunch competition on the defensive line.
There’s no guarantee Jordan makes the team out of Training Camp. He’ll have to prove he belongs on the roster with Malik McDowell, Frank Clark, Nazair Jones, and others in the edge rushing rotation behind Bennett and Avril.
If he does make the team, it will presumably be because he’s not terrible anymore and shows flashes of why the Dolphins drafted him so high in the first place, making him potentially a valuable defensive player.