Dolphins mailblog: Dion Jordan debate

Let's see what's on the minds of Miami Dolphins fans this week.

Rick D from Hartford, Conn., writes: With the emergence of defensive end Olivier Vernon and Jonathan Martin's struggles at left tackle, did the Dolphins make a mistake in drafting Dion Jordan No. 3 overall instead of LT Lane Johnson?

James Walker: Rick, I understand the hastiness of Dolphins fans. But keep in mind the team has yet to play one regular-season game. Jordan's career is just getting started. I thought Miami would draft Johnson if given the opportunity, and when the Dolphins traded up that was the direction I expected. However, Miami general manager Jeff Ireland went for the best player on his board and both careers must play out. I’ve seen some really good things from Jordan during the short time he’s been on the practice field and in preseason games. But Jordan must stay healthy. Martin still has questions, but he's played well in two preseason games. Let's see how well he does tonight against the Houston Texans' stout defensive line.

Jeremy from Banning, Calif., writes: I've liked the way Jonas Gray has been running. Does the coaching staff feel the same way?

Walker: Thanks for the question, Jeremy. Miami’s coaching staff realizes it may have something in Gray. He’s been a nice find so far and is making it really tough on Miami’s decision-makers to keep four tailbacks. At the very least, I expect the Dolphins to attempt to stash Gray on the practice squad. But that could be risky. Gray made my first 53-man roster projection for the Dolphins on Friday.

Chris Crawford from Cleveland writes: Hey James, Could you possibly give an explanation as to the man-crush that Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland has with running back Daniel Thomas?

Walker: It’s not just Ireland, Chris. Miami’s coaching staff has raved about Thomas and his improved work ethic in training camp. Thomas has shown some flashes, but I need to see it more consistently. Thomas must stay healthy, stop running upright and hold onto the football. Also keep in mind that Thomas is a second-round pick in 2011. Ireland doesn’t like cutting ties with draft picks. So I expect him to make the roster, barring injuries.

Jason Platzer from New Milford, Conn., writes: James, I'm just getting back into the NFL after many years not following. I grew up a Dolphin fan with Dan Marino, Mark Duper, Mark Clayton, etc. In your opinion, who are the most exciting players on the squad to follow?

Walker: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will be happy to hear that you’re returning to support the team, Jason. That’s a pretty open-ended question. Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake is the best player on the team, in my opinion. New receiver Mike Wallace is a very dynamic talent, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill is intriguing and has a lot of potential. That’s a start.