The 2013-2014 National Football League season began last night and the University of Oregon was represented well in the first round. Dion Jordan, a defensive end/outside linebacker, was selected third by the Miami Dolphins and even Jordan was surprised.
“This was probably the biggest surprise, but I do feel very blessed to be a Dolphin and I’m excited that they did make the move they did to come get me,” Jordan said to reporters after his selection.
Jordan joins the club of 12 other U of O football players selected in the first round. His was the highest pick since quarterback Joey Harrington, who was picked third by the Lions in 2002. Jordan was awarded the first team all Pac-12 last season after he recorded 44 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.
An even bigger surprise was Chicago’s selection of Kyle Long, offensive lineman, with the 20 pick. Long played one season with the Ducks after playing baseball at Florida State and football and Saddleback Community College. Long is the son of Howie Long, who is a Pro Football Hall of Famer and the brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end, Chris Long.
The second and third rounds of the draft continue tonight and more players from both Oregon and Oregon State are predicted to be selected. These include receiver Markus Wheaton, OSU, cornerback Jordan Poyer, OSU, linebacker Kiko Alonso, U of O, and running back Kenjon Barner, U of O.