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Instant gratification on Ireland press conference

Jeff Ireland must have mentioned the fact the Dolphins have only two running backs on the roster at least four times this afternoon during his annual pre-draft presser.

I think that's where they're going, but that's for another time and another post.

Ireland made the point that running backs that are successful long-term in the NFL are not necessarily late-rounders like many so-called experts have been saying. "They're going to be first and second rounders," he said.

Having said that, Ireland said he doesn't feel like he must take a RB. "I don't want to reach for a player to fill a roster spot," he said.

The Dolphins general manager was asked about quarterbacks available to the Dolphins, particularly Ryan Mallett. "I have spent a lot of time with him," Ireland admitted. "We've been very thorough about him much like we are with every player we're considering drafting. Sometimes when there's information out there you want to dispel rumors and get as much information as you can with any player out there. That's why we went through the process. He's a nice young man. Very talented kid. He's got a bright future."

Ireland was not about to shut down any possibility today. He actually said he might be willing to trade up in the same breath he admitted he's "restricted" with eight draft picks but only two in the first three rounds.

Ireland admitted the fact free agency has not happened is a factor for teams, including the Dolphins. He said it will not affect the manner in which teams set  and prepare their boards. But it will have an impact on the strategy the teams use on draft day because everyone will be trying to fill needs that perhaps in previous years they had already addressed in free agency.

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I'm one of the few if any who still believes that we should take Ingram at 15. He was a leader on a national championship sec team. Mike Shanahans champion broncos were built by taking captains from college conference or better champs. He came back from an injury in college footballs toughest league. He shared time with another back after winning the heisman and didn't complain. 40 time might not be up there with chris johnson or taiwan jones, but his 10 yard time is fantastic. a team as bad as us needs to concentrate on 10 yards at a time until we can start breaking some long passes or runs. ingram had plenty of long runs at bama. i saw a few as a tennessee vol fan. qbs will be there in the third. you'll probably see gabbert and newton go very early and the rest will then fall farther than expected. any way none of these college qbs are going to be better than henne this year with a cleveland browns reject o coordinator calling plays. at least the browns could run last year. i'd prefer to try to get orton, kolb or even mcnabb through a trade for this years qb.

Marc,

NOPE!

A Mallet's a Mallet and a Hammer's a Hammer!

Can't touch this.......Dern't-DER Der Dern't.....Can't touch this..........

Get it?

Hammer?

Can't touc...........AWWWW, NEVER MIND!

The real question becomes.....why are you guys so afraid of a franchise QB????

We are a warm weather team.....we should make teams pay when they come to MIAMI.....with a potent Offense.....

Many of you have seen 2 YEARS OF CHAD HENNE....and still defend him like your little brother...."its the coaches fault"....

You see 15 plays of Mallett onn you tube and you say he can't play.....if this isn't Irony....i don't know what is.....

LOL @ Odin, I get it, but a mallet is a type of hammer

•A mallet is a kind of hammer, usually of wood, smaller than a maul or beetle and usually with a relatively large head.

EBGMorral,

Been far too long without a franchise calibre qb. If Mallets still available we have to lay the hammer down.

By Mallet's 3rd-4th season, oline should be completely solidified, and a couple nice plug and rb's. We should be competing for championships. Cant say the same taking Ingram over Mallet.

Does anyone trust Ireland's expertise ? I hope he is not taking any advice from Parcell. I think we are in deep Sh*t with Ireland/Sparano and that clown we have for an owner.

Kris,

Mallet SHOULD be a top ten pick and DEFINITELY the first QB taken in this weak class.

I myself rank Stanzi even higher than Newton.

I was joking about us getting him in the third. I never checked, but Aloco said that projection came from an ESPN article today.

Barring any further incidents, I still say someone will chance it on Mallet in the mid to late 1st.

You can take THAT to the bank. PERIOD AND EXCLAMATION POINTS-Ha!!!!

If Mallet's a hammer, then we better lay the hammer down on draft day trying to get him! LOL........

odin,

I wont be the least bit surprised if Mallet's taken 1st qb overall. However, I know Kiper, McShay, and the rest of you guys will be.

God I hate to see Mallet become yet another in a long line of great qb's we again whiffed on. Its so sickening I wont even use LOL at the end!

Marc,

You should know me better than that.

I never let the facts get in the way of a stupid joke!

You dont become #1 by always playing it safe.

Guarantee if Al Davis were picking top 5 Mallet would be 1st qb taken overall! LOL.........

Touche' Odin...Almost forgot...Sure you aren't a woman?

Did somebody say Mallets hammered AGAIN?

I think someone should explain to him, he's supposed to THROW the bomb, not GET BOMBED!

odin,

Greatest owner we ever had stayed "hammered". LOL..........

See: Joe Robbie

Did somebody say Mallets hammered AGAIN?

I think someone should explain to him that he's supposed to throw the Bomb, not get Bombed!

Ugh, I hate the offseason

Since we're getting nowhere with a "hammerhead" qb(Henne). Maybe the qb who keeps his "head hammered"(Mallet) will fair better for us! LOL............

Touche' Odin...Almost forgot...Sure you aren't a woman?

Posted by: Marc | April 21, 2011 at 04:37 PM

OMG, it's showing isn't it?

It's true! I admit it, I'm a woman trapped in a man's body!

It's OK though, THANK GOD!

I'm a Lesbian!!!!

Touche' Odin...Almost forgot...Sure you aren't a woman?

Posted by: Marc | April 21, 2011 at 04:37 PM

OMG! It's showing isn't it?

It's true! I admit it, I'm a woman trapped in a man's body!

It's OK though, THANK GOD!

I'm a Lesbian!!!!

I much rather have a guy we'll have to reel back(Mallet). Than have one even Nasa couldnt launch forward(Henne).

Touche' Odin...Almost forgot...Sure you aren't a woman?

Posted by: Marc | April 21, 2011 at 04:37 PM

OMG! It's showing isn't it?

It's true! I admit it, I'm a woman trapped in a man's body!

It's OK though, THANK GOD!

I'm a L e s b i a n!!!!

Touche' Odin...Almost forgot...Sure you aren't a woman?

Posted by: Marc | April 21, 2011 at 04:37 PM

OMG! It's showing isn't it?

It's true! I admit it, I'm a woman trapped in a man's body!

It's OK though, THANK GOD!

I'm a l e s b i a n!!!!

Touche' Odin...Almost forgot...Sure you aren't a woman?

Posted by: Marc | April 21, 2011 at 04:37 PM

OMG! It's showing isn't it?

It's true! I admit it, I'm a woman trapped in a man's body!

It's OK though, THANK GOD!

I'm a L-e-s-b-i-a-n!!!!

Oops!!!!

LOL, I guess I REALLY meant it!

Technical difficulties there!

Sorry-LOL!

Mallet has shown enough to me so that I can say with confidence that he is the best QB prospect to come out of College in the last 10 years(yes, 10). I can also say with confidence that, personally, I don't want him here(the farther away the better) and that he will be succesful in many other areas, but not in Football.

Oscar,

Are you saying Mallet should be nicknamed "bannana ice"?

Big time anti-social.

Jordan Todman and Charles Clay
3rd and 4th picks

If he says we want running back, we don't. He's looking elsewhere.

I would love to see the Fins trade down, but not if we get crappy value like we did last draft. Chances are we will trade down, but not get good value. Then we will select someone and everyone will say "huh?"

Dolphins will pick no-one we are talking about. Happens every year. Ireland thinks he is so smart that he reaches for players not even considered by other teams to be drafted in their rounds...

REACH. REACH. REACH. Every year.

So trying to guess what the Dolphins will do is pointless. They will find a way to #### it up like they always do.

Welcome to life as a Dolphin fan.

WHERE MEDIOCRITY RULES!

For instance, who thought we would draft Jared Odrick #1? I know he got hurt, but who would like that pick back!

I will be impressed if Ireland drafts a QB at #1 cause chances are he isn't going to help the team that much and put Ireland's job in danger.

Also, as bad as Henne is, this coaching staff is worse. I would like to give Henne one more chance with a decent O.C. and head coach.

..For sure some team will take a chance on Mallet. He is far from a sure bet. He does have some nice skills. Pure passers have come much heralded in the past. I would much rather have a pocket quarterback, then a runnning style qb, that has to adapt his game to the NFL style of play.

I'm not sure what the Dolphins feel about Mallet.If any of the character concerns are even a real issue. We will see come draft day if these come into play. I have said that Mallet will be the Minnesota pick at 10. If he falls from that spot and is around a 15. We will see if Miami takes him. The Phins have to be concerned about 3 things, and have aplan to fix them before taking Mallet.

1..Obviously does he pass the character test. If not. We can forget about him
2..What is our plan to protect him? If we draft a quarterback round 1. I do not think this is a sit and learn situation. (some of you may disagree, that is fine)
3..How do we fix the running game. We cannot have our quarterbacks throwing it 35 times a game next season. I don't care who it is behind center

The last point about Mallet. Lame duck coaching staffs rarley draft quarterbacks in the first round. They know that these players need time for development. In the last 5 draft. Only the Denver Broncos drafted a quarterback in the first round the year of a coach firing. Sparano, and Co. may not have the luxury of going quarterback in round 1 because they know it will not make our team better this year.

Dying Breed,
I disagree. I just don't think Mallet is the man for the future. In most sec games, mallet had at least one horrific blunder. I think Ingram is a ten year quality starter, about as much as you can ask for in a back. I ask all dolphin fans not to hold his association with nick satan against him. you know the devil and his minions usually put up a pretty good fight. Who did Mallett transfer from Michigan to avoid competing against? Henne? I dunno for sure.

I wouldn't mind us trading up with denver to grab patrick peterson though. i think he may be the next prime time but also be able to tackle. I haven't heard any one mention this idea? y'all please tell me what you think.

after being on many sec boards in the past, it's nice to have football discussions here without having to call those who I disagree with a low down mo-luckin' so and so and being called worst in return.

dd,

ROSS ISN'T DUMB,HE TOLD IRELAN A MONTH AGO, DO EVERY THING LONG TERM ITERST OF THE DOLPHINS.HE KNOW WHAT YOU DD AMD MIKE KNOWS WHAT YOU KNOW....IRELAND WILL DO EVERY THING IN THE ITERST OF THE DOLPHIN LONG TERM NOT TO SAFE HIS JOB .

AND MIKE DEE KNOWS WHAT YOU KNOW

I hate to say it but with Mallett missing that meeting, I don't think Ireland will draft him in any round.

I like Mallett but we've seen Ireland's 'due diligence' before. Broken legs and other chronic injuries are overlooked as long as they're squeaky clean.

I say if you think a chicken can pull a wagon, hitch 'em up!

I know I am no GM, but this is how I see it:
1) Unless the coaching staff and front office have a 100% conviction on a QB, trade down, I know that this will be difficult, but for some reason I think that this may be a strong suit that Ireland posses and I feel he can pull it off. He managed it last year (although the circumstances were different) and will do it this year.

1st pick) if the first pick is low enough, snatch Pouncy and stop this non-sense with our frickin offensive line woes. I am sick of seeing our line not produce. Get it fixed. Pouncy will solidify the line.

2nd) QB Dalton or Ponder (whoever is still there)- They have to feel good about one of these guys. I am still in the camp of Henne may turn it around with some help, a seem threat TE and a fast receiver. However, if the FO feels good about Ponder or Dalton, pull the trigger for a possibly that they are a future QG for the franchise. Keep drafting a QB year in and year out until we find our QB. It is the most important position in football in the modern era. (I don’t like it, but it’s true.)

3) TE DJ Williams-Do whatever it takes to get this dude. He is for real and will help Henne or a young QB in more ways than you can imagine.

4) WR BPA- Just make sure he is fast, loves football, and isn’t afraid to take some punishment.

5) ILB BPA- Isn't anyone else sick of Crowder? Enough excuses, the guy simply does not make plays.

6) RB BPA- Just make sure he is fast, and isn’t afraid to take some punishment

7 &7 & 7) BPA- Depth and competion for the projected starters and possibly find a jewel. A guard, OLB, RB

Free Agency will happen: You have to go get Deangalo Williams, the guy is a baller and young. He is the best FA out there. Get him! If things don’t work out, bring Ronnie back. Ronnie Brown is getting up there, but the dude still inflicts punishment, he can manage the wild cat on occasions for the team, plus he is a good team guy and outstanding citizen.

If you can get Palmer or Orton for a 3 next year and maybe some our trade bait (We have a ton of DE's or if someone is dumb enough, throw in Crowder), do it. Let all three QB compete for starting position. Both Ortin and Palmer are solid and we need them for insurance if Henne just isnt cutting it.

If our talent evaluations are not high on Ponder or Dalton, possibly go after a guy like Flynn or Kolb. I like them both. Regardless, we have to get the QB situation right.

one more alleged thought. if the broncos keep the 3 pick and pick gabbert or newton, then orton or tebow could be had for our 3rd round pick and a little something extra in 2012. i hope the cane and nole fans don't go off on this, but i think tebow could be the next steve young or at least white vick. the guy competes hard and hates losing. as a vol fan, i never liked him or his goody two shoes ways but he brings it and is a definite improvement over henne. and i would rather have orton over tebow, so either way we're good to go. also, julio jones or aj greene could slip down to 15. there are some interesting possibilities here.

On CBS Sports updated Big board they have Blaine Gabbert now ahead of Cam Newton. 10th and 11th respectively. That's an eyebrow raiser for me. I'm buying it, I'm just surprised they're selling it.

They have Mallet as the 5th rated QB at 41 overall. Stanzi the 8th, 106th overall.

This is THE most "curious" QB draft class that I have ever witnessed.

The most Pro ready, strongest armed QB is sliding towards a 3rd round ranking. The consensus no. 1 QB is a convicted thief that has been investigated for conspiring to circumvent NCAA rules and regulations.

The disparity between the pundits, talking heads and popular websites is enormous.

I'm starting to feel like I've entered the Twilight Zone!

..I know Phin fans are tired of hearing wait until next year when it comes to drafting a first round quarterback. I think in this instance patience could pay off. If Henne cannot get it together we will have a shot at a much better qb. class next year. Here is a list of guys that I think would be good choices
1 Andrew Luck...No Brainer
2 Matt Barkley..
3 Nick Foles...6'5 240
4 Landry Jones 6'6 230
5 Ryan Lindley 6'4 215
I did not include the Boise Qb because I think his height,and more importantly weight would keep him out of the first two rounds.
All of these guys have cannon arms, and are big guys. All but Jones come from pro style systems. This will be a much better and deeper class then the guys coming out this year.(IMO)

ODIN,

DO YOU THINK THE SICK NIGHT HAS TO DO ANY THING WITH MALLET SLIDING ?

Earl,

I posted this earlier today.

Aloco,

Trade up with Denver and get WHAT QB?

I hope you're not thinking about the Newton!

If I traded up with Denver I would be thinking:

1. AJ Green WR Georgia.

2. Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

3. Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

Don't know who I'd actually take at this point because I've never considered this scenario. But this would be my initial order of consideration.

Posted by: odinseye | April 21, 2011 at 02:42 PM

Of the top 20 rated players in this draft, only 7 are offensive players. Of those 7, 3 are offensive tackles.

Whether we're sitting at 15, trade up or down, the best player available may very well be a defensive player. I would take a defensive player with my first pick in a heartbeat. As long as I'm convinced he's a playmaker and NOT a reach!

CHAD.P,HIS KNEE IN A BRACE DUE TO THE BASKETBALL GAME HE WAS PLAYING EARLY .........HE PLANS TO COME BACK AND PLAY HARD .

IRELAND SAID ,HE'S TARGETING ONLY 3 PLAYERS AT NO 15 .

PETER KING SAID ......... (( NO OTHER TEAM WORKED ANDY DALTON AS HARD AS THE DOLPHINS )) HE'S PREDICTING THE FINS WILL PICK THE RED HOT AND RED HAIRED ANY DALTON ...........

Aloco,

I think the "sick night" will cause some of the pundits and websites to slide Mallet down a little more.

Come draft day though, I think someone will forgive Mallet for ALL of his transgressions-LOL.

I think he still goes in the first round.

Andy Dalton? Pleease.

ANDY DALTON WAS PUT THROUGH A LOT OF TEST BY THE DOLPHINS LIKE NO OTHER TEAM.THE RED HOT DALTON LOOKS HE COULD BE THE PICK AT 15 IF HE'S THERE .

TESTS

Odinseye...We can't be friends anymore!! I was just about to post something similar to what you posted @ 6:04..Damn you...Damn You!!!!

I agree. If we decide to go with best player available. The first round is pilled with talent on the defensive dise of the ball. Mostly defensive ends after pick 10. The thought of moving Misi inside is an interesting one. I think he was a very good player last year. But I'm not sure if he will ever become a pass rush threat. A little early to say. I would welcome a trade into the second round, even trading out of the first, to get multiple seconds(I have no idea how this scenario would set up, I'm still high on trout fishing so excuse me if I sound a fool)

IF we were to move into the second round, it makes the choices much broader. We could grab a running back, and an inside linebacker(you know who) We could grab a tight end, and reciever. Even a quarterback, and a corner. The possibilities are endless. sitting at fifteen kind of stinks. To me, there are no offensive playmakers worthy of this pick. Unless one of the quarterbacks available that are projected to go in the second have caught the fancy or eye of the GM.

You haven't guessed those 3 players yet, ALoca? C'mon, give it a shot, I'll help you.

Did they test his prostate, ALoco?

Here's how I see it:

There's a lockout. It's not going to be settled anytime soon.

None of these draft picks (ESPECIALLY QB's) are going to make a damn bit of difference in 2011. They'll never see the field.

What a bunch of hot air over something that isn't even going to matter until 2012 at the earliest.

**The Odinsider Report**

Andy Dalton looks like Chuckie's little brother. If the NFL gig doesn't pan out, I can see him starring in low budget B-Horror Flicks!

Very Intellident despite the dullard look in his eye.

44 wins at TCU is pretty impressive.

Top 10 passer efficiency rating in 2009-10.

Used a lot of 4 and 5 receiver sets during his time at there.

If we recoup our 2nd and he slides to the 3rd, could be a serious consideration.

OSCAR,

IRELAND WILL MOVE UP ,WATCH ...AS FOR THE TREE PLAYERS;;;;;;


LESHOURE
MALLET
ANDY DALTON

...Dalton would be a great pickup. He has NFL quarterback written all over him. The Gruden series showed that Dalton is both cerebral, and physically able to do the required things an NFL quarterback needs to do. It was a very impressive clip. I trust Dalton much more then any of the top 4 rated guys as far as taking leadership of our team. 15 may be a reach, but if the Dolphins think that he is the right guy. Why not?

ODIN,


EVERY BODY TALKING ABOUT POUNDER ANDY AND THE RED HAIR GUY ....TO KEEP US BUSY FOR A DAY OR TWO UNTIL THEY COME UP WITH OTHER 2 HOT PLAYERS .

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