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What they do, not say: Pass-rush edition

First the news: ILB Rashad Jeanty signed a contract today with the Philadelphia Eagles. He went with the Eagles even though the Dolphins and the Jets also offered him similar one-year deals.

The reason the South Florida native went north?

A source tells me he was simply more comfortable with the situation in Philadelphia over that with the Dolphins and Jets. He felt he had a better chance to start there than in Miami or New York.

On another front:

If you are a Dolphins In Depth reader with any standing or memory, you know I've told you to be wary of what the club and its personnel say but always accept what those folks do as gospel.

We remember this lesson from the Gibril Wilson lovefest of last offseason that led to his departure. We learned it when Cam Cameron loved on Daunte Culpepper publicly while I told you the kid was on the outs -- and months later he was cut. We learned this when Dave Wannstedt went on and on about how valuable Dan Marino was and how he could write his own ticket in the waning years of his career and, meanwhile, the Dolphins had him come to their offices to void his contract and usher him out.

It is not always about what they say. It is about what they do.

Well, the Dolphins last year where seemingly thrilled with Cameron Wake exploding onto the NFL scene with 14 sacks. They repeated time and again how pleased they were with rookie Koa Misi's development as a pass-rusher even though he showed good-not-great ability and good-not-great results with 4.5 sacks.

(For the record, I think Misi will be fine as a pass-rusher. He's more an effort guy, a high-motor guy. He's not the most gifted guy on the field, but he'll get his stats because he never quits and works hard. And he'll probably be a bit better when he learns the game and techniques better.)

So the Dolphins seemed quite pleased with their pass-rush and obviously the 39 team sacks for the season was good enough to tie them for 10th in the NFL.

But ...

While the Dolphins seemed satisfied in what they said about their pass-rush, their deeds yelled otherwise.

Even as many folks were hoping GM Jeff Ireland would improve the offense during the season any way he could -- perhaps putting in a waiver claim on Randy Moss -- he instead went with a waiver claim on outside linebacker Shawne Merriman when San Diego cut him loose.

Obviously, Ireland and the Dolphins saw a need to improve the pass rush at the time even as Wake was going nuts on offensive tackles.

Recently, The Miami Herald reported, the club interviewed former linebacker Bryan Cox for a defensive line coaching position. Although the club has yet to finalize anything on that front, a club source says part of the intrigue with Cox would be getting him to 1.) help defenders upgrade their pass-rush skills 2.) bring a more aggressive and perhaps even emotional approach to the front seven.

So, again, pass-rushing is on the club's mind.

What does that mean?

Obviously, the team is not afraid of improving an area of the team that is already fairly stout. It's a good idea because, after all, the New York Giants long ago wrote the recipe for defeating Tom Brady and the Patriots and that was hurry him, rush him, sack him, and hit him time after time.

This also suggests we should not lose sight of available pass-rushers in the coming draft and eventual free agency. I won't go into names here. It's too early for that. Or you can do it in the comments section. But, I tell you, do not sleep on additions to the pass-rush this offseason even as everyone is focused on offense.

Sure, the Dolphins haven't said they want to add a pass-rusher. But remember, it's about what they do, not necessarily what they say.

[NOTE: This will be the last blog update until Feb. 28. The Miami Herald, you see, imposes mandatory furloughs on its employees to reduce salary costs. It does so twice a year, lately. I am on mandatory furlough this week so I will not be working for The Herald thus not allowed to update this blog.

That doesn't mean I'm off this week. I will still be on my morning radio show, Armando and the Amigo, every morning 6-10 from Monday to Friday on 640-Sports in South Florida and streaming live on the web. If anything Dolphins related happens, you can bet I'll be discussing it on the air and taking calls about it, too. So you can tune in or call, if you wish.

I will also be live on my twitter account which is under my name. Please follow me to get my tweets. Later this week I will be sharing information on the NFL scouting combine. I'll hope to be back here with you on Feb. 28.]

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DB, I'm a cane so yea I was high on the guy but after I saw some of his interviews he just seems like such a project. Hankerson isn't the sharpest tool in the shed and that's the polite way to put it... I'm scratching my head as to how this guy even got into college. Maybe he is just shy and inarticulate. Or maybe he's slightly ds or autistic either way I wouldn't be surprised if he falls to the 4th rd becuz of his interviews... that is the unpolite way to put it i guess.

DB,

I gotta stop short in comparing ANYONE entering the NFL to HoF running backs. Especially the spped challenged ones. I do see the similarities to Es's running style but different eras and different teams.

Emmitt also had Troy Aikman(HoF) sling it to Michael Irvin(HoF)behind what most say was an insane line and a great blocking Fullback in Moose Johnston. J.J. had also piled up some good talent on DEF too.

Ingram doesn't have those weapons and support from the passing game. So the same overloaded boxes that treated Ronnie Brown rudely await YOUR draft pick Ingram. I don't feel he can get away from the angry 8-9 man mob.

Myself, I have to at least choose a RB that makes people miss more than Ingram does. A guy that can dodge 2 guys in the backfield reverse field and make it a positive gain. Ingram is not that guy.

You said it best when you say his excellent vision is applied best behind his blocks. Most times our line did not open proper holes. It was the same thing late season when Henne started watching the rushers too much and not looking downfield.

I respect your opinion and choice to want him as your pick. Let the record show that I am not at all in the Ingram at #15 boat and I pushed it off the dock with my 10 foot pole.

I am still a Fin fan, if they do draft him I know two things...

#1 I will root hard for the guy to prove me wrong and admit it to you on this very board if he is the goods.

#2 I will need to take my voodoo doll back and get a new one as the thing is definitely broken. Lol.

Cheers,

DB...Bravo @ your post 1:31!

Ingram isn't going to be as good as LeShoure if we go RB at 15 might as well pick Mikel LeShoure he will be a 1st rder as well. Better body of work overall. reminds of me of Forte how he runs the field Way better prospect for every down guy to replace Ronnie and Ricky than Ingram plz

beerphin,

Just a guess but I think Hankerson will go in the mid round 2 to mid round 3rd area.

I didn't realize his speech was so diminished. I know he has been working hard with our own Mark Duper on his hand eye drills.

I think he will be a decent pro because he has a good athletic skills and a solid college resume. I am thinking Miami needs other skill sets from its WRs so I am not compaigning for Hankerson just commenting.

Cheers,

seriously Ingram will not be breaking 20 + runs in the NFL he is tooooooo slow
DB, what nfl linebacker is he going to beat up on? honestly alot of backers will have better 40 times than he will and he isn't that big or strong. avg around 15 carries per game how is he going to be a workhorse at the pro level?
LeShoure will runu a 4.5 flat and his speed is elusive and faster than you'd think becuz of his quick long strides when he is in open field. When he needs to get by defenders he doesn't go around he goes by them with quick jukes then explodes forward alot like forte 6'0 230 it would surprise me if he isn't the first RB taken in the draft

Random thoughts..............

Fasano's your starter, you're short on picks and there's not much to choose from anyways.

Signing Shockey is a no-brainer.

Compared to Hennings last few waning years, Daboll will look like a genius. A desperately needed breath of fresh air.

Sporano will be an entirely different beast this year. He's finally out from under the shadows of the so called legends Parcells and Hennings. Not only that, he'll have/has a major chip on his shoulder because of the way Ross and Ireland played him. Good, bad or ugly, Sporano will be his "own man" this year.

Sporano and Henne are in similar situations. It's balls to the wall time. Put up or shut up.

If we can't trade down and are forced to pick at 15, I agree with DB, Mark Ingram ain't a bad "Fallback Plan".

I fantacize about Incognito becoming a Pro Bowl center.

I also fantacize about "finding" a WR in the 4th round with great hands and sub 4.35 speed.

Random thoughts are a lot more fun after burning a fatty.........................

beerphin,

Agreed I like LeShoure much better than Ingram as well. I would actually go the FA route...

I would even save the 1st pick pick for Titus Young(trade back), Pouncey or Cameron Jordan and tab DeAngelo Williams to team with a resigned Ronnie Brown.

It just seems like more bang for our draft buck.

I saw the article on bleacher report and was stoked they tabbed TE Oordt late round as well. He has sleeper potential.

Cheers,

I honestly think athletically and the skill sets Hankerson brings (6'3 fast and good hands) is exactly what Miami needs I just don't like the guys intangibles at all... Just my opinion and I am most likely wrong becuz i've personally never met the guy but I'd go with someone with a lil more swagger and smarts becuz we need a #2 receiver and unless he's an improvement over Hartline it just doesn't make sense to invest time in the guy... Swagger confidence whatever it takes to play next to Marshall and not look like a Hartline. Also if Bess weren't such a perfect slot receiver I think he's more than deserved the #2 position he's just better utilized in the slot becuz of his quickness and hands with pressure around him. I like Terrance Toliver. We still need another tall red zone possesion receiver... Toliver reminds me of a taller Chris Chambers

odin! wasssssssup mang?

In my world we will only have room to sign two notable FAs much like last year.

I feel strongly that I would let those two slots be reserved for VY (QBs ususally get big $$) and RB DeAngelo Williams.

I could ive with letting Shockey go if we nailed these two FAs.

If someone was staying with Henne you might as well try to round up Shockey as another target for the short term.

I am just hoping that whatever new weapons develop if Henne is in there he hits them in stride. He didn't team well with BM and he is a big target.

Cheers,

odin, Incognito did look good starting at C for a guy that has mostly played RG his whole career then switched to LG then C pretty impressive also did not see any of his negative signs of dirty play as did many Rams people b4 we signd him
Also about that 4th rd 4.35 guy Derrick Locke has very good hands and should be had round there also Noel Devine maybe in the 5th both utility type RBs 5'8ish but productive both are sub 4.40

Rob, that's what I'd do also for RB situation. If they'd resign Ronnie Brown and get DeAngelo Williams I'd be extremely happy. Then they should/ could focus on OLine 1st rd pick and feel good about it... I still think they should've fixed it last year with Iupati. Would have been nice combo on that left side

Whats a little headscratcher in the VY situation is why have the Titans not released him yet? Maybe thier trying to hold out for at least a 3rd or 4th rounder. Really dont see any team offering more than that if they wann guarantee landing him bad enough.

Or could it be that the Titans owner maybe secretly deciding against letting VY go since Fisher is already out. To this I would not be surprised at all. Stay tuned everyone.

beerphin,

For me its a WR with wheels galore. What Wallace does for Pitt I want that done for us.

Torrey Smith for instance is suppose to have wheels.

I would really like to get WR Jerrel Jernigan as we will be able to get so much use from a guy like that with the 4.3 speed. He is much too mega shifty to be called just a track star. Wes Welker type with much better speed than Welker. He can work reverses, trick plays, bubble screens, Wildcat plays, direct snap stuff, KR, PR oh and I believe he will be a fine receiver. Small but fearless in going over the middle etc.

I know you believe he would be just another slot guy like Bess but I see a much different player. Bess is great and a tough move the chains guy. His speed and shiftiness is such that he never breaks free and grabs Y.A.C.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder fer sure.

Cheers bud

I didn't remember WR is what u wanted in 4th Cecil Shorts III may be there in the 4th and he is a 4.40 flat prolly better really reminds me of D Jackson

To tell you guys the truth I wouldnt wanna keep Brown around any longer than I absolutely had too. Brown is no nfl's longterm solution at RB.

I guarantee Mark Ingram is a serious upgrade to Ronnie Brown.

Rob,

Been REAL busy being a full time Dad again.

I don't know what to think of VY or Henne for that matter. I don't have a lot of confidence in either one at this point, but, what can you do?

If we sign DeAngelo I would have to add some extra push ups to my routine. I would be totally pumped.

I think Shockey is a necessity. Fasano's a solid number two and that's about it. We desperately need another TE and we're lucky being so thin last year didn't bite us in the a s s big time last season.

Shockey is as good as just about anybody we could bring in, if not better and he would free up a pick that could be better used elsewhere.

Always enjoy reading your posts.

ValHalla my Brother!!!!

DB,

I don't believe that VY is going back to Tenn even though Fisher is gone.

I do see them trying to milk any teams interested for what they can.

This year, missing our 2nd already, I hope he goes on the open market and we can just bid vs others.

Cheers,

I hear Lynn Swann's coming out of retirement. Do you guys think we should sign him?

beerphin,

I liked Iupati a lot last year as well.

I heard he was reaching too often and saw where he had given up some sacks in the 1st half of the season. He is strong as heck but maybe not the most flexible. I don't follow SF and I am not sure how he finished. I didn't hear any major accolades pouring in on him but, I believe he will get better over time. The NFL ain't Idaho... lol.

Cheers,

Odinseye,

Shockey taking his Dolphin physical today. We have until March 3 to get him signed when he passes. Remember you heard it first here!

odin... Grats on be Big Poppa!!!

Thanks, the feelings mutual, keep churning out content when the spirit moves you brudda.

Ragnorok!!!!

Cheers too... lol

I remeber watching a wide world of sports segment with Lynn Swann. He was showing a bunch of youth footballers all his tricks of the trade. In 5 minutes he made me a better High School wide receiver.

Always seemed like an awesome guy. I'd sign him!!!!

Valhalla! Ragnorok! Has there been a Viking invasion the rest of us Thors havent been notified about? LOL...........

You guys suck! Been talking to myself nearly all day on this blog and now that Im tired and sleepy you wanna come out to play! LOL.........

fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuccccccccccckkkkkkkkkk this Im out! LOL.......

beerphin,

I looked Cecil Shorts up but I was not bowled over. Again his level of competition just let him get behind them time and time again. So many of his TDs and yardage were simply throw it deep and catch the ball no moves or anything. The NFL has a way of not letting people just run go routes willy nilly.

In the 4rth round area I would rather have WR Randall Cobb from Kentucky. He did his damage vs better competition and should be a decent blazer in the 40. He looks better in his lateral moves to me.

I think WR Jerrel Jernigan goes 2nd round and we don't have one of those so...RATS!

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder so if Cecil Shorts is your DeSean Jackson type guy maybe they land him and we will see.

To tell you the truth I fear Henne not being able to properly hit any of these weapons the most.

Cheers,

DB... lol, cheers bro.

Get some sleep, we will pillage the Jets and Pats villages in the morn... For Valhalla!

haha

DB,

I hear you, I'm so tired it feels like my eyes are going to start bleeding.

I hope you're right about Shockey. It would be the best Dolphin news I've heard since Hennings retirement.

I just finished "converting(lol)" a Heineken Mini-Keg into a piggy bank for one of my sons. I'm outta here.

ValHalla!!!!

Lynn Swann was a serious receiver odin.

He had some mad grabs.

Sheez to get a few Fins receivers in his mold and with his motivation.

BM has already more than proven to be the 100 cacth guy and should, scratch that BETTER have more freakin TDs. Travesty how little he got into the endzone.

With Henning crafting the plays and Henne delivering the ball it wasn't a cake walk. To be fair, BM had more drops than a WR of his caliber should too.

Cheers,

Night fellas! DB, beerphin, odin, and others... thanks for the Fins rap session. CYA on soon.

Weird, we just keep adding to the same thread. Oh well, Armando can splain things when/if he comes back.

Ima stretch and call it an eve as well.

Ciao for now

Kiper has cecil shorts III rising up to late 2nd rd no later than the 3rd rd

really good fluidity played RB and QB so he could also fit into some wildcat type packages since Lee n Henning are gone I don't see them going Wildcat much but still nice to have athletes that have that kind of understanding of the game

JUST WANT TO SAY IT'S GREAT TO READ ALL THE BEST POSTERS AGAIN!I WILL CHIME IN WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT!A.K.A THE COMBINE.NEEDLES UP?

Kiper is an idiot in my book...

I'm almost positive Tony and Jeff are going to trade our 15th pick for later one and a second rounder... I would like to finally make a pick early in round one for once instead of trading down like it has been for so so so so many years in a row now.. I understand we need a second round pick but we need playmakers!!! Do it Jeff, Ross and Tony!

cow - we only traded down last year. once. not so many years.

Rob-OC

Don't see how you can say Ricky did not live up to a #1 pick. Lets put the weed and suspensions aside, thats another matter. On the right team Ricky could have been one of the top 5 backs in history. He came into the nfl a bit heavy, was a buldozer in NO, was tough as the come, bruising as the come and excellent hands out of the backfield. He lightened up in Miami and suddenly had speed too. He feared nobody and punished many. I partly blame Wannedoosh for Ricky wanting to bail because he ran the hell out of him for two years, the guy was spent physically and emotionally. Gained 1800 yards as the only offensive weapon on a lame offense. Every D focused on stopping him and couldn't. NFL fans are funny, they welcome back and admire rapists, dog killers and murderers, but many won't forgive a guy with a simple weed problem.

Ronnie was a dissappointment for sure, even without the injuries he never had that 1st round back ferociousness.

I don't think I or DB are necesarrily saying we have to get Ingram...I think we are saying that if we can't trade down, which is very possible, he may be the BPA and we really do NEED a workhorse RB...sure I'd rather have a Chris Johnson type, but they only come around once in a while. Ingram is not as slow as people say, he just isn't a burner. Am I sold on him 100%? Nope...I could see his career going either way actually, but you do have to gamble sometimes. Emmitt, Shaun Alexander, Franco Harris and some others never looked like they were running very fast, but always consistently gained yards and always seemed to have people behind them chasing them.

080,

how can i put a side the weed , and the rest when it comes to ricky ?

as for ronnie,HE MADE AROUNG 70 MILLION WITH DOLPHINS .NOT BAD FOR A DISSAPPOINTMENT .

Aloco...in every business in this country its 'employment at will', which means they are entitled to let you go at any time and you are entitled to quit at any time. Happens daily. There is no allegiance anywhere. You only owe your employer a good job while you are there, because they won't hesitate to cut their best employees once their stock price falls in order to show investors they are cutting costs. Also mergers and acquisitions force the companies to let go of perfectly good employees. Ricky was perfectly entitled to quit playing, aside from the fact he would have been suspended over something that shouldn't even be illegal, alcohol and cigarrettes are certainly worse. So is rape and murder.

0X80,

AGREE WITH YOUR GENRAL PREMISE IN YOUR LAST POST BUT MERGERS LATELY HAVE BEEN TO ENRICH THE CEO OF THE COMPANY THAT BEEN SOLD THEN THE CEO MOVES ON TO ANOTHER VICTIM .

Aloco - I'm not so sure the collective boards of directors of two different companies all vote to merge solely to make one of the CEO's rich. That is merely a consequence of the takeover. Another consequence is that inevitably, the merger causes too many overlapping positions and therefore perfectly good employees get let go.

It's a shame they don't teach you how the world really works in grade school. Too much fantasy, not enough reality.

Rob in OC,

I read your comments regarding Mark Ingram. I've been the biggest proponent of drafting a young stud at running back but lately I have warmed up to the idea of going after D'Angelo Williams. The problem is if this lockout happens, how do you ignore drafting a running back and then wait months to see if you get Williams in FA. Seems like an awfully big risk to me. Now I know you mentioned drafting Devine later too but I don't see him as a guy that can carry the load should adding Williams in FA not pan out. So I'd like to know your backup plan should Williams not work out.

For me, I like Ingram but I don't ever think he's going to be a star in the NFL. I think he could be a good back for us for 4-5 years and I think if ultimately you can get that from taking a back at 15 you do it. I know he's not as pyhsical as Brown but I think he'll have the same type of career....good back, just not a star in the NFL. I think to get that at 15, when that's one of our true needs is pretty good. Now, for me, the ideal scenario is to trade back and perhaps we draft a C or RT in the first and a running back in the second but that scenario may not present itself. In the event that we can't trade back, I think Ingram will be the pick at 15. To ignore the position and expect Williams to be there waiting for us whenever the CBA is settled is just too much of a risk.

What fluff

OX80,

YOU R WRONG, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE ALL THE TIME CLOSE FRIENDS OF THE CEO AND THEY BENFIT ALSO, I HOPE THEY TEACH YOU IN GRADE SCHOOL HOW THE REAL WORLD WORKS .


P.S...HOW MANY TIMES YOU SEE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMEND THE CEO TO BE FIRED ?

Aloco... Thanks for implying I don't know how the real world works. You're argument only considers half the picture, not even worth debating.... sure one board wants to sell out and they get richer, but what about the board acquiring the company? They are not doing it for kicks and not getting any richer because of it. It takes two to tango, you are looking at one side, I am looking at both. Intel didn't buy McAfee last year to make McAfee's board rich, they bought them for competitive purposes and future growth. That was my point. Sure the board at McAfee took it and bought homes in the Caribbean.

Anyway, that is all besides the point...companies merge, employees get whacked, there is no allegiance on the part of employers in todays world like there was in the past. Therefore, employees, including football players, have every right to quit whenever they want. In my opinion they only owe them good work while they are employed. No one can question Ricky was a good soldier when he was on the payroll.

Next time I really need some sage advice I'll be sure to look you up.

OX80,

DON'T GET OFFENDED ,YOU TOLD ME THE SAME THING ERALIER IN YOUR POST ABOUT GOING TO SCHOOL TO LERAN HOW THE REAL WORLD WORKS .


MEAN WHILE........... 78 PERCENT OF MERGER GOED DOWN IN FLAMES AND DON'T WORK IN THE LONG RUN WHILE THE MIDDLE CLASS VANISHES .

MERGERS IN TEC COMPANY ARE DIFFERENT B/C THE TEC CHANGES VERY FAST SO THE SMALL COMANY SELL ITSELF TO ANY ONE B/C IT CAN'T SECURE IT'S FUTURE .....LOOK AT (( my space )) when news corp pought YEARS AGO FOR BILLIONS AND SINCE THEN (( FACE BOOK )) AND TWITTER CAME ALONG AND MY SPACE NOW WORTH FEW BUCKS AND GOOD PEOPLE NEVER TO MY SPACE .

AND THE GOOD PEOPLE NEVER GO TO VISIT MY SPACE .

Aloco - then you misunderstood my post. That comment was not directed at you.

"It's a shame they don't teach you how the world really works in grade school. Too much fantasy, not enough reality."

In this case 'you' is a general statement meaning all of us. English is tricky sometimes.

OX80,

YOU R TRICKY NOT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ..LOL

Aloco...first you need to learn how to speak English.

OX80,

I DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH WELL BUT I KNOW THE RULES WHICH APPLYS TO IT AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORDS.YOU ARE USING GENRAL TERMS WHEN YOU WRITE AND THE AVERAGE PERSON CAN TAKE IT EITHER WAY ,I RESPOND TO WHAT AFFECT ME .

P.S.... LETS NO FIGHT FOR NO THING ,KEEP YOUR SPIRIT UP OX80 .

Aloco...My spirit is fine my friend. I do notice you often interpret incorrectly the nuances of the language. Only trying to help. I know what its like to live in another country and have to speak or write in a second language, it really takes time.

Anyway...back to football...actually I'm outta here for awhile now. Peace.

DC Dolfan...I would be wary of listening to the "so called experts" on the strength of lack there of about the draft....Don't forget Mel Kiper is linked to that scandal about over selling a at least one agents players ( Gary Wichard)

ESPN made that story disappear way to fast IMO....I think it got one day of coverage.....as opposed to athlete gets caught cheating on his wife and we are blasted with it weekson end.

I don't know if Kiper was guilty....but like the analyst always say about the athletes...WHERE THERE IS SMOKE ...THERE IS FIRE!

I also doubt that incident (if true) was the first or last....or if even Kiper would be the only "talent evaluator" to do such a thing.....

I said all that to say this.....Even though Kiper and friemds have more inside info than you or I...they are not beyond reproach...and I take thier words with a grain of salt....there is no penalty if they are wrong....they just make just as many ridicoulus predictions next year....

Kris, so does that mean you do see a realistic scenario someone would move up? I take DBs point about last year (with the Chargers and Matthews, who hasn't turned out to be a superstar yet).

But the reason I think this year is different is because of the CBA. Since we have no FA movement (as of yet), most teams will try to get the most out of the draft. So to me that means keep all your picks, and use them wisely. This environment discourages giving picks away (IMO), so that's why I'm very pessimistic on us being able to do that.

More importantly, ALoco should be proud of me, I haven't been on here much lately because....I've been working, decided to give up the gov't cheese.

But seriously, did you guys read what Ireland said at the Combine? Besides a whole lot of nothing about Henne, he said the pick at 15 doesn't necessarily have to be a starter. Excuse me, he doesn't? That would be news to me. My question is do you guys think he's blowing smoke, trying to say we'll pick-up a QB (which would be the only legitimate pick that fits his statement) to throw other teams off, or try to force them to trade up, or do you think he's serious (if talking about another position) in that a 1st-round pick doesn't necessarily have to start?

My own opinion is he's either saying we're looking at a QB 1st-rd, or trying to make another team think that to trade up. But, either way, I don't really like that he said that, seems like tipping our hat (even if it is a deception) too much.

No doubt any of these pundits like Kiper have there biases, and agenda with certain players, and of course, sometimes they are just flat out wrong about a player, just like every scout and GM in the league. Every single team drafts players that don't work out while picks that came after theirs work out well.

I remember Kiper specifically criticizing the Vontae Davis pick, saying he was a 'problem child' and that Miami was foolish for taking him. Apparently Vontae had one trivial incident in college and the rumour mill blew it up into way more that it was. Obviously Kiper was dead wrong on Vontae.

I only give any GM our 'expert' 50/50 on any pick anyway. I like to hear what the experts have to say mainly to hear what are the 'perceived' strengths and weaknesses of a player. In some cases, its measurable, they can say who is faster than who, taller than who....so I used them more like a cheat sheet to familiarize myself with the key players in the draft.

DC, can you think of one single good reason a GM would have to show their hand pre-draft? It is completely counter to their plan to let others know where they might be headed. I seriously doubt and GM cares what any other is saying pre-draft because it must be smoke and mirrors. One might conclude that whatever the do say is most likely NOT what they are really thinking. Now, sure, they could say exactly what they want to do, in a kind of reverse psychology play because nobody would believe them..but I don't give these knuckleheads that much credit. I think they are better at outsmarting themselves than others in most cases.

The only thing we can conclude is that Ireland will do what ever it takes to get offers for a trade, whether he takes them or not is another story, its a matter of figuring out as much as possible what options he may have come draft day. Just my take on it.

Mikel LeShoure will be the best running back in this draft. Ryan Williams looks like he will be better than Ingram in the NFL. Ingram is a college guy don't see him doing anything in the NFL besides being a #2 option spell back on short down situations not a workhorse

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