NEW YORK CITY – Dion Jordan, who played a large role in helping revolutionize Oregon’s defensive scheme due to his athletic prowess, was chosen with the third pick of the 2013 National Football League Draft by the Miami Dolphins Thursday evening in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
That was followed almost two hours later when offensive guard Kyle Long became the 20th selection of the day by the Chicago Bears.
The pair of first-round draft choices signified only the second time in school history that two Oregon players were selected in the first round the same year, and the first time since wide receiver Ahmad Rashad (Bobby Moore) and offensive tackle Tom Drougas were the fourth and 22nd picks, respectively, in the 1972 draft.
The Dolphins pulled off a last-second trade with Oakland to move up from the 12th position to No. 3 to secure the rights to Jordan, who became this year's first defensive player to hear his named called by Commisioner Roger Goodell.
The Chandler, Ariz., All-American and two-time first-team Pac-12 Conference all-league standout becomes the Ducks’ highest non-quarterback ever drafted into the NFL since the draft originated in 1936. Only quarterback George Shaw, who was the No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Colts in 1955, was chosen higher than Jordan.
Quarterbacks Joey Harrington and Akili Smith also were taken with the No. 3 pick in 2002 and 1999, respectively.
The Ducks' duo became the school’s 13th and 14th players to be drafted in the opening round and the first since running back Jonathan Stewart was the 13th player taken in the 2008 NFL lottery by Carolina. The pair also were the first two Pac-12 Conference players selected in this year's draft.
Jordan becomes only the fifth Oregon defensive player ever to be chosen in the first round.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was Oregon's latest defensive player to be chosen in the opening round, with the All-Pro defensive lineman taken with the 12th pick in the 2006 draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
Jordan was a key component as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker for a program that accumulated a 36-4 record and a trio of BCS post-season appearances over the past three seasons. He led the team’s defensive linemen in tackles a year ago with 44, including 10.5 tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks, and completed his career with 121 tackles in 45 games, 29 TFLs and 14.5 QB takedowns. In addition, his athleticism allowed him to successfully convert four two-point conversions over the course of his last three seasons.
Long played only one season at Oregon after transferring from Saddleback (CA) Community College but made a huge impact on the program in his short stay. He didn't break into the starting lineup until the ninth game of the season at USC but became entrenched in the line's success in the final five games.
The Charlottesville, Va., prep standout becomes the Ducks' highest-drafted offensive lineman in school history in the regular phase of the draft. Gary Zimmerman became the third pick of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft after debuting in the USFL the previous season.
The NFL Draft continues over the next three days, with as many as two to five additional Oregon players expected to hear their names called before the draft concludes Saturday. The second and third rounds of the proceedings will take place Friday evening, with the final four rounds occurring Saturday.