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The joke that is the pre-draft press conference

Around the NFL as many as a dozen general managers and personnel department vice presidents will conduct mandatory pre-draft press conferences next week, most of them on April 21. Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is similarly scheduled to have his presser on the 21st.

I encourage Ireland to lie if he must.

You did not misread because I did not mistype.

I encourage Ireland to lie ... if he must.

The truth of the matter is those pre-draft pressers are a hoax, a farce, an exercise in futility for journalists trying to get meaty and truthful answers to questions as fundamental as, "What are your team's most signficant needs?" or "Who are you going to select?"

Yes, we as journalists have to ask.

And, no, the GMs and VPs are not really going to tell us.

So it devolves into many words signifying nothing. The true reason the pressers happen at all is that the NFL mandates them. The NFL, you see, likes publicity.

The intriguing thing is that while most general managers and journalists understand this to be a dance in which the truth gets trampled, some folks are simply more open than others. Some folks are just salt and light. They cannot bring themselves to obfuscation. Or they let stuff slip.

Seeing the new Denver Broncos front office do things this offseason, I nominate John Elway as a candidate for being candid in his upcoming pre-draft presser. Having attended a couple of Ireland's meets with the media, I nominate him as someone who will offer nothing or perhaps even throw out a nugget of misdirection.

If I'm a fan, I'm hoping my team falls in the latter category rather than the former.

The truth is teams monitor each other. They watch each other's pre-draft visits and meetings. They read each other's press clippings. They do all they can do to get a handle on what the opposition is about to do on draft day.

And these pressers are a window through which teams peek.

So the really good teams offer a view of a dark room or no view at all. They do, not because they like to fib or have no morals. They do it for the sake of their own competitive advantage.

Overblown, you say?

Look, teams have eyes on each other and sometimes even the most casual misstep affects careers and drafts. I present to you the 2008 draft.

The Dolphins needed and wanted to add a running back later in the process. Bill Parcells had long been a proponent of sending a coach or scout to work out and check on his targetted player two days before the draft -- as a last-minute guard against surprises.

Except in April of 2008, for one reason or another, the Dolphins sent out running back coach James Saxon to work out Richmond's Tim Hightower one day earlier. The Dolphins liked Hightower and intended to pick him. The problem is the Arizona Cardinals picked Hightower instead.

Arizona's running back coach at the time, Maurice Carthon, played for Parcells and worked for Parcells. He knew that Parcells typically sent his RB coach to his targetted running back a couple of days before the draft. When he read media reports that Hightower worked out for Saxon, he turned the information over to Arizona's personnel department. The fact the Dolphins had met with Hightower one day earlier had allowed the visit to be in the press in time for Arizona to use the info.

The Cardinals swooped ahead of Miami and plucked Hightower.

I talked to Parcells last week. He told me the story. He was still somewhat irked about losing on out on a good player because of the circumstances simply because the information got out.

Parcells invented the Iron Curtain in the NFL. Bill Belichick, his former trusted assistant, perfected it. The Patriots say little when it comes to injury, depth chart, or draft information. In fact, I know of stories in which they openly used to mock former New York Jets coach Herm Edwards for having such an open approach with the media.

The Pats believed they could find out plenty about their New York competition just by reading newspaper accounts about them.

And so, yes, sometimes the open approach which the media hopes for during the coming pre-draft pressers can on occasion hurt a team.

I don't want the Dolphins hurt. If Jeff Ireland says something, I'll report it. That's my job. If he says the Dolphins are looking for a quarterback in the first round and Ryan Mallett is their guy, you'll hear it here first. (By the way, I don't think you better get used to the idea of Mallett being draft at No. 15)

But root for him to reveal anything significant? To hope he says something that could help Miami's opponents?

Go ahead, Jeff, lie if you must. You get an annual free pass for this one.  

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Bubbles 1st. order of business is hiring Clyde the orangutan as new Strength and conditioning coach, Clyde vows to rip the arms from the sockets on any player who can`t due at least 30 reps of 225 !!

ODIN,

I BELIVE YOU R PART CORRECT . BUT NOTICE HOW 0X80 WAS SAYING EARLY TODAY HE WAS FOLLOWING THE BLOGS EVERY DAY TO HAVE A SENSE OF THE PLAYERS AND NOW THAT LOMBARDI AND MAYCOK SAY WHAT HE DOESN'T LIKE ABOUT INGRAM,HE SAYS IT'S ALL BACALA .

No one has a clue as to the way the draft will go....anyone's guess is as good as the other, it's just wait and see gentlemen, sheer speculation!!!

Aloco,

Once again you misinterpreted my writing. I said I follow the bloggers here a few minutes before posting something, not the pundits. You have a habit of drawing different conclusions to what I am actually saying. Everyone else seems to understand me quite clearly.

Mallett @ 15....PERIOD!

Another good example of why I believe Ingram will take a big slide:

Da'Rel Scott RB Maryland 5-11 211 4.40

An electrifying fifth-year senior, Scott is an explosive playmaker who finished his Terrapin career with an MVP performance in the Military Bowl. He broke late touchdown runs of 61 (untouched) and 91 yards (broke one arm tackle) in the victory over East Carolina.

Scott's career stats include 2,400 yards rushing with an impressive 5.5 yards per carry and 17 touchdowns, plus more than 500 yards receiving. Scott projects best in a committee situation at the next level as a change of pace option and a third-down back getting 10-15 touches per game.

In his final collegiate performance he picked up 200 yards on 13 carries.

-I'm not taking anything away from Ingram. But personnel types figure for every Ingram there's 10 Da'Rel Scott's.

Most have Scott ranked around the 175-200 area on the big board. I guarantee you someone takes a chance on him well before that.

The Dolphins most likely decided on Ingram one way or another a long time ago. We heard Ingram had an impressive workout with the fins...but we have no way to know what the fins are really thinking, or any other team.

Ireland said very early on he'd rather have two picks in the top 50 than one pick in the top 50. The easist thing to believe is he really does want to trade down, whether he gets the offer he expects remains to be seen.

I'm not buying any of the Ingram arthritis rumors unless they are medically substantiated. Notice none of the pundits quote any medical sources. Just rumor mill. If a real Dr. that examined him comes out and says so only then I will believe it. The more pre-draft rumors that come out about any player, the more interest some teams have in them falling to them. Let the rumors fly, maybe we can then trade down and still get him.

Last but not least, yeah there are other backs in the draft, I don't see any other like Ingram though in this draft. The thing to keep in mind there is no other team in the NFL with more dire needs at RB than the Miami Dolphins.

Mallett @ 15....PERIOD!

Posted by: kris | April 13, 2011 at 10:23 PM


Kris,

I like your enthusiasm!

I just don't like Mallet.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot...........PERIOD!!!!

ValHalla!!!!

Odin, just for kicks, here is Sideline Scoutings take on Da'Rel Scott:

Positives: Great combination of speed and strength... Isn't big, but has a nice frame and runs low to the ground... Accelerates very quickly, explosive when he gets a seam... Keeps his legs driving, doesn't go down easily... Very nice balance... A good inside runner... Displays a good burst through the hole... Willing pass blocker... Displays above-average hands out of the backfield... Does a good job of always moving forward, doesn't dance too much through the hole... Should be a good change of pace back in the NFL in the same mold as Mike Goodson when he came out of college... Led all running backs at the combine with a 4.34 40-yard dash.

Negatives: Ball security is an issue, has had fumbling problems in the past... Isn't particularly shift or creative in the open field, better as a straight line runner... Below average vision, tries to break everything to the outside and routinely gets swallowed up at the line of scrimmage... Major injury concerns, struggled with an ankle injury in 2007, a shoulder injury in 2008, and a broken forearm in 2009... Did not have a very prolific career at Maryland, eclipsed 1000 yards once, in 2008, and has only scored nine touchdowns over the past two years combined... Was suspended in 2008 for violating curfew... Was typically substituted out around the goal line, struggled in short yardage situations because he always tries to make the big play.

lol @ Odin....glad you got it.....i'm out for the night....

0x80,

I hear you on Ingram. I wouldn't take him at 15. But if we do, I'll be the biggest Ingram fan around.

I LISTEN to ALL the rumors. I just don't put much stock in any of them.

**IF** Ingram slides, I think it'll be because of what I posted above. That and the fact that he was originally ranked so much higher than the rest of the available RB prospects.

redsky,

1st. of good evening to you my friend, always a pleasure but I gotta tell you while a guessing game, you can stack the odds in your favor during the draft. 0x80 doesn`t want to hear it but if what Aloco says is true then he`s not only a slower player who in actuality can`t carry your team but an injury ? to boot. Alot of folks are in love and with good reason with D`Quan Bowers but if reports are true he not only has a chronic knee problem but an arthritic one to boot.

If you analyze your needs and due your homework on a player of need and the value is there you have a better than 50% chance of success, which in all fairness is as good as it gets really but when you reach on a subsequent question mark, be it health, dedication, questionable social skills ect... then your chances dimminish. Look at last years pick Odrick, if reports are true teams stayed away because of the possibility of a rare bone disorder, if these reports are true then it`s another high pick that gets wasted setting you further behind the pack, by the way I didn`t believe that he was the greater priority, no that`s the one were addressing this year, see what I mean.

fin4,

I'm all good with 'hearing it' really. If he has some serious issue of course I'd want to know. I just can't take unsubstantiated rumors seriously. Let's here this from a medical Dr, and then I will be glad to hear it. I'm a fan of reality.

odin,

DAMN !!! Your stealing my thunder I love Da`Rel Scott and if that 4th round grade holds up he could be a bonafide steal !!!!

0x80,

I think your right on there !

So you know odin I had him in my mock, I will see what other gem I could look to suprise with on Sunday now.

0x80,

Just for kicks?

Armando! 0x80 is messing with my arguments. Delete the "Negatives" section out of his last post please.

Seriously though, I'm not comparing Scott to Ingram. I'm just saying they got a guy like Scott, who could or could not be the next Lagarette Blount, ranked as low as a 5th or 6th rounder.

Ultimately, I could be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time. I'm just saying, last week I posted the same thing Mayock said today. I came to this conclusion based solely on the number of good looking prospects available in later rounds. NOT because of any he said, she said rumor mill gossip.

I can assure everyone here I am not so blind in my convictions that I would continue to pull for damaged goods. We all know however how and why the rumor mill works this time of year.

0x80,

By the way partner, I take shots at Ingram now every chance I get do to our competitive natures and the fact I now that I`ll never bring you over to my side , no matter how hard I try, on the flip side I`m crossing my fingers that he turns out averege and nothing to spectacular because if not I know you`ll never let me forget it !!

By the way like odin says if we draft him look for me at your local Sports Authority forking over my hard earned 350.00 gor the Jersey, such is the life of the Fanatic !

I NEVER SEEN 0X80 ADMIT A MISTAKE OR JUST BEING WRONG...I RESPECT HIM TO DEATH BUT COME ON ,SAY SOME THING TO THE FACT YOU KEPT DENYING HOW BIG THE KNEE INJURY TO INGRM'S FUTURE AND KEPT PLAYING IT DOWN.......


ODIN,

I NEED YOUR HELP

By the way odin they haven`t upgraded that site over on the CBS page you put up as reference, Gil Brandt put one up on RB in NFL.com and has him middle of the pack now in the 4th.

Odin,

So, ideally I'd like one back that can help with time of possesion, eat the clock when needed late to close out games, run between the hash marks, get yards after contact, tough to bring down especially late in games.....AND..with that one of these others that are more in abundance, the speedster complimentary type back. Just Ingram on his own isn't enough, nor do I think just one of those later rounders is enough. Remember we currenlty only have one 6th round back on our roster that we already waived once.

I'm still going with the assumption Ingram is 100% healed from his athroscopic surgery.

Fin4, I'm afraid of the way the Dolphins do their homework...Odrick last year is an example.....

Why do people think Legarret Blount's a steal. The guy could have had a 1st rd grade had it not been for the character issue.

He wasnt badly graded his character was. Tampa Bay could still have a time bomb just waiting to explode with kid. But only time will tell. For this kid's sake I wish him nothing but future success in keeping his character issue under wraps.

0x80, I think Ingram is good to go! He's no Odrick!

Aloco,

This has nothing to do with a mistake, nothing. Is Ingram injred? He ran the fasted 10 split at the combine. Faster than Da'Rel Scott. Improved his time at the pro day. Has had great team workouts. Seems healthy to me. Show me real evidence he is currently injured and I will accept it. Rumors are not evidence.

LET'S TALK MARK INGRAM...LOL...............ODRICK?

I like both Ingram and Leshoure, I'm not crazy about any QB, they're just Ok....

0x80,

I'll tell you what, I wish there was a way for us to get both Mallett and Ingram. I'ld come on myself if that happened.

Aloco, as I just said, Ingram is no Odrick!!!

HE'S NOT ODRICK UNTIL YOU SIGN HIM AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN HE'S ON THE BENCH WITH MR ODRICK .


ATHERITIS RUMOR MUST HAVE LEGS .....A DOCTOR WHO LEAKED THAT INF WILL NOT SAY HIS TO THE WORLD ...


OUR DENTIST WILL LOOK HARD AT ANY DRAFT PICK,BE CARFUL .

DB WAS SMARTER THAN 0X80 ON HIS SUPPORT OF INGRAM,HE KEPT HEDGING ....

fin4,

Competitive spirits are fine with me. But tell me, what does it mean pull me over to your side? I think the real debate isn't Ingram per se, its what we should do at 15, which is the only thing I am ever debating when it comes to him. So my friend, if you want to pull me over, convince who is better for us at 15, that is the real debate to have.

Odinseye,

Ireland and Sparano had lunch with bot Mallett and DJ Williams together. In the article it said Ireland asked questions of Mallet to Williams while Sparano separately courted Mallet.

Seeems even while Sparano was with Mallet and Ireland wasnt. Ireland's primary focus still be on Mallet while he was alone with DJ Williams. I just hope Mallet's momma wasnt a ho. LOL.................

0x80,

I got all kinds of "useless predictions".

I predict Da'Quan Bowers and Robert Quinn both fall out of the top 10.

I predict the "run" on offensive tackles will begin later than in the past few years.

I also predict DE Aldon Smith, CB Jimmy Smith and ILB Martez Wilson ALL go considerably higher than any of the pundits have them going.

I don't make any of these "useless predictions" based on rumors of any sort.

Scouting reports, Youtube clips and team needs information. It's all I got to work with.

If anybody wants to hear it, I'll put it all out there. If not, that's fine. I'll keep it to myself. I just love doing the "Armchair" GM thing. Everytime I'm here posting with you guys, I have multiple windows open, "scouting" everything I can think of inbetween posts. I'm not afraid of being wrong. After all, right or wrong, it's just my opinion(s).

You should have seen all the money I used to blow on magazines, The Dolphin Digest, a mail order subscription to the Miami Herald, etc, etc. back before the day and age of computers.

redsky,

Hopefully Odrick comes back healthy and contributes I don`t want to rain on the young man`s parade but I never got the pick I thought we were going to go Dez Bryant or Jahvid Best, for that matter I was convinced when out turn came in the 4th that we were going to go Aaron Hernandez,(I was actually following the ticker at the bottom of my screen) I hope Edds becomes a significant contributor but I doubt he`ll ever be the diff. maker that Hernandez can be, so who knows what they actually do come draft time because when it comes to these guys I`ve been pretty clueless.

DB,

Slim chance, but the way the rumor mill is going, you never know, maybe they will both drop enough. I'm still trying to find all these character issues with Mallet so many were talking about, seems totally fabricated from what I can see.

odin,You to huhh !

Odinseye,

Im grateful for the internet now too. You werent the only one forking out heavily for all of the diffrent dolphin sourced media. LOL..........

IT'S SMART TO LET SPARANO SPEND MOST TIME WITH MALLET TODAY B/C NO ONE SHOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE W/IRLEND .

Aloco,

Don't know about you, but I can't just blindly believe anything that is said without any real concrete evidence. Show me evidence Ingram is injured. Show me Dr.s report confirming it. Don't show me an injury report from a year ago. I had a toothache a year ago but that healed too. Show this new evidence that something is really physically wrong with Ingram. If you can't find solid evidence, you are left merely with a solid rumor.

0x80,

I haven`t seen the 1st. actual shred of proof brought foward regarding Mallett, it`s all a rumor coming out of his school that supposedly got started by an ex-girlfriend, if you want to believe, the bleacher report, I could look for it I recieve there information over my e-mail address. I can however tell you I saw an interview with Vanilla Slim Mallett and the kid came of like a real blockhead/poser/phoney idiot.

Fin4life,

I don't really like the cbssports.com site. Just because of the reason you stated. They don't update it enough.

I do LOVE their FORMAT. The way they do the big board and everything.

If some of the other sites used their FORMAT, I'd be in Hog Heaven-LOL!

0X80,

WE R FANS WHO HAVE BRAINS TO THINK WITH...WHY 2 HUGE EXPERTS LIKE LOMBARDI AND MAYCOK COME OUT AND SPELL THIS INFO ABOUT INGRAM UNLESS IT'S TRUE AND WHY WOULD THEY ADD THE ATHERITIS ISSUE ON TOP OF IT ?


THINK 0X80,THINK ...........

fin4life,

And the interview only proves he wasnt properly "prepped" by handlers before hand. Heck they're all "blockheads" without prepping from thier handlers before hand. LOL.........

PS: I'm boycotting NFL.com as well as the NFL channel(of which I'm paying for-Doh!).

I'm boycotting all things NFL in a solitary protest of the disbanding and the lockout.

I posted this earlier but you guys probably thought I was kidding. I'm not! I'm that big of a pro football IDIOT!!!!

good point DB ! by the way I enjoyed our little trip down memory lane with Trey today.

ALoco,

There's always a chance to develop arthritis after injury to any joint area. Some are just more predisposed to it "actually occuring" than others.

Everyone that's ever had an injury to the joint area has a "chance" to develop arthritic condition. But only a few ever have it actually happen. Then for some it never occurs until much later in life.

fin4life,

Yeah the trip down memory lane was cool. I always enjoy that. Just wished we could hurry and create some ducky fresh SB championship memories. LOL..........

DB WANT THE DOLPHINS TO DRAFT AT NO 15 MARK INGRAM B/C ARTHRITIS ISN'T BIG A DEAL ,IT JUST COMES AFTER ANY INJURES ........


MR ROSS .....I HOPE YOU HAVE YOUR MONEY IN A SAFE PLACE .

Aloco,

You sound very naive. If they have real evidence, why don't they state the source? Simple, show proof. We've seen Mallet for months now get wrongly accused by those same guys of no leadership abilities yet all his teammates love him and he led them to many victories... Rumors get started for all kinds of reasons.


Also, there are various degrees of arthritis. I've had it in my knee since I was ten. I can always tell when its going to rain because I get a little ache there beforehand, but never stopped me from playing sports, running or anything.

I suggest you read some books on how the media works in general, you may be very surprised, if not frightened. Read 'Into the Buzzsaw', put together by various top journalists documenting how they were forced to spin the stories and lie or be fired. It will open your eyes.

MY ESCROL SOUP IS READY ...GOOD NIGHT TO ALL .

0x80,

I just noticed the post you put up my way about pulling people over to my side, 1st. off don`t misunderstand or get it twisted. I am not looking to start a gang and this isn`t some elementary school yard. What I meant was my mode of thinking about the future of the team moving foward. I have a very strong sense of were I think we need to go in the draft to update our Ronald Reagan era Offense.

You on the other hand are convinced that we need a strong rushing attack to set up the pass. These are to fundamentally different approaches and by the way you can sing, hum and tune any beat you want but that waste of a pick Ingram never gets me my SB parade and at the end of the day it`s all I want, take from it what you will Sir!

ALoco,

To tell you the truth I havent heard anywhere but here evn a hint about Ingram and arthritis mentioned in the same sentence.

Still just because I havent yet to hear doesnt mean it isnt true. If its definitive he now has arthritis in the knee, then it would be wise to stay completely away. Even if a guy is an undrafted fa.

DB,

I read the stuff about the Mallet and Williams "interview" I was just trying to get a little rise out of YOU Mallet supporters. All in good fun!

About Blount also. I don't think there really was much of a character issue with the guy. This was the on air discussion I was having with Armando when he hung up on me. When I called in I used the name Odin too, so he would know it was me. It was hilarious. I got him all flustered and he ended up hanging up on me.

But that punch by Blount was nothing more than a young competitive guy making a bad decision in the heat of the moment.

I had him on my "official wish list" mock last year(5th round) of which I posted.

Just for the record: Blount ABSOLUTELY ROCKED that guy-LOL!!!!

But if it was said that Ingram could "POSSIBLY" develop arthritic conditions that means very little.

LOL AT 0X80 TRYING TO EXPLAINE ARTHRITIS ....


YOU NOTICE THE DOLPHINS ARE THE ONLY TEAM WHO DRAFT PLAYERS WITH METTAL SWORD IN THEIR LEGS AND POISED TO DRAFT AN INJURED PLAYERS DESPITE ALL THE INFO OUT THERE ........


WE R BECOMING DOCTORS AS EVIDENT BY 0X80 @ 11;28 PM

fin4,

I must say you caught me off guard with your last post. I didn't see anything in my previous post to you that I expected to irk you in that way. Maybe something was misundertood?

odinseye,

I didnt see the Blount thing as such an overly awful thing neither. The NCAA "extremely overreacted" by suspending him for the entire season.

Most teams were probably afraid of drafting him fearing the potential negative press it would bring thier team. But everything seemed to go over fine with Tampa Bay.

ALoco, thought your soup was ready? Or are you the fake aloco? or the fake fake aloco?

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