Dion Jordan was "2-3 seconds" away from becoming an Eagle
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Among other things, Ireland explained the surprising move from No. 12 to No. 3 in the first round of the draft, which allowed the Dolphins to get Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan before his former coach at Oregon, Chip Kelly, could get Jordan with the fourth overall pick. Somehow, the Dolphins managed to move up to the third pick by giving up only a second-rounder, roughly half the compensation called for by the draft trade chart.
When the Raiders were on the clock, Ireland let some time pass before calling.
“I kind of let a few minutes go by to see if they were going to call me back, they didn’t,” Ireland said. “I called them, made an offer, they refused it. They called me back and made another offer, and we accepted with about two minutes left on the clock. We kind of started making the phone calls to New York to get the card turned in and everything. It was pretty frantic there for a second. I think we actually got the card turned in with about two or three seconds left on the clock.”
In addition to calling the Dolphins’ personnel at Radio City Music Hall, each team in the trade had to call the trade in to the league office. And if that two or three seconds had passed, the Eagles could have snatched Jordan away, putting the Dolphins in the category of the Vikings, circa 2002. And 2003.
“We felt like maybe Philadelphia may want Dion with Chip Kelly being the head coach while he was at Oregon and coaching Dion,” Ireland said. “So that’s all part of it, to get in front of Philadelphia. I think we got our guy and Philly got their guy and Oakland got their guy, but obviously there’s a lot of anticipation that you have to do, a lot of guys involved in the trade process.”