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When the Raiders traded the third overall pick to the Dolphins, I briefly assumed they were chasing Lane Johnson, as did most (Johnson went to the Eagles one pick later). Evidently, those of that mind underestimated how confident the Dolphins are in their ability to land Branden Albert to fill the very large (fat?) hole left by Jake Long.

Instead, the Dolphins selected Dion Jordan, the best edge rusher in this draft who had 23.5 sacks over his final two years at Oregon. Widely recognized as the most versatile pass rusher of this class, Jordan is a hybrid front seven defender who can shift between defensive end and outside linebacker with ease to suit any scheme.

In return, the Raiders received the Dolphins’ 12th overall pick, in addition to one of their two second rounders (42nd overall). They’ll still have access to one of the draft’s premier defensive tackles after moving down nine picks, with Sharrif Floyd — who was their likely target at third overall anyway — possibly still on the board if he falls.