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Jeff Ireland in his own words -- all of them

So here it is, the entire thing for your reading pleasure. I present to you the entire Jeff Ireland pre-draft press conference.

Before you invest some time on that, kindly check out my column in today's Herald on the topic of what I believe the Dolphins should, and in fact, will do in the draft next Thursday. Tell me if you agree in the comments section.

(Opening Statement) – “First of all, I would like to make an announcement, you guys got the release that we have promoted Brian Gaine to the Director of Player Personnel. I am very pleased about that. Brian has been a guy that has been a great asset to me in Dallas as well here. I think it is appropriate that he gets elevated to help me with the draft obviously. In free agency, he is going to be my right hand man since Bill has left. He has been my right hand man really since I had him in Dallas. I am very pleased with him. He is a strong evaluator and I am glad to have him in the position he is in.”

(On Brian Gaine’s role and strengths) – “Where Brian’s strengths are marrying the free agency to college. He is a guy that in the last year that Bill has left…it hasn’t been a year, but I got out him out on the college side of things. He does some evaluative things. I give him the top 100 list of players to evaluate. He helps marry what is out in free agency to what is out there in the draft and so there is not only my eyes doing the exact same set of things, now there are two sets of eyes doing it, so we will collaborate together in that process.”

(On how Brian Gaine’s duties will change with the promotion) – “They change a little bit for certain. He was pretty much over the pro side of things. I am going to have him really help me supervise both college and pro.”

(On putting together draft board with draft taking place before free agency) –“In preparation with the draft board, it hasn’t changed too much. You still put up the board pretty much the same way I have always put it up. Free agency doesn’t affect how you evaluate these players. It affects your strategy. I think that is the most important thing that it affects your strategy going into the draft. Normally by this time, you have hit some musts or some needs or some things that you needed to put on your team. Now it is kind of wide open. Your musts, your wants and your needs are all there and you just have to supplement it with free agency after the draft.”

(On how concerned he is with running game and if he has to draft a running back) – “Not necessarily. I don’t feel that way that I have to. I am going to go into this draft pretty much the way I always go into it. I don’t want to reach for players, just to fill a roster spot. You have to be smart. Free agency will open up again. I do know that. Brian Gaine has reminded me a thousand times that free agency will open again. I go through the draft the same way, not the same way, but pretty much the same way in the fact that I don’t want to reach for anybody and I want to make sure that I get the right contributing players for this football team.”

(On how dynamics of draft room changes without Bill Parcells) – “Well, Bill brought a sense of awareness to everybody in the room. He had an aura about him. He always made it fun, but everyone knew when it was time to get down to business. That hasn’t changed, but I am not naïve to the fact that I don’t have that aura, but the mechanics have not changed. As a matter of fact, we probably are more focused on just work most of the time, because there are usually some storytelling involved in the draft room with Bill, so it is focused and the mechanics of it really haven’t changed as much.”

(On what kind of position he is in having inventory to make a trade and if he is restricted by the current labor situation) – “We are not allowed to trade players. That’s one thing. That restricts you. We don’t have a second round pick, that’s obvious. So you are a little bit restricted to go up for sure, but I am game for anything. If there is a player that we feel and when we are done strategizing that we feel like we need to go up and get, you always have some ammunition you can use. My phone is there. It can ring anytime to trade up or back. It just has to be the right time and right player.”

(On trading for active players) – “You can’t do that.”

 

(On trading players once the opportunity arises and a Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached) – “I haven’t really thought about past the draft and trading for players and things like that. That’s going to open up too at some point, just hasn’t been an active thought of my thought process leading into the draft because I know I can’t trade players.”

(On whether the lockout puts a greater emphasis on drafting NFL ready prospects) – “I think it does put an emphasis on it. I think you certainly want players that you’re confident with conviction that they can learn and come in right away and not need just a ton of the process to get it moving in the right direction I should say. There is more emphasis on that in my opinion.”

(On the communication he can have with draft picks once they are selected) – “I’m not so sure I can even talk about it to be honest with you, about the rules and everything to be honest with you. I know I can call them. I know I can call them and say congratulations. I don’t think I can call anybody after the last pick of the draft. I think I’m supposed to have no contact after the last pick of the draft.”

(On whether he has a general philosophy on drafting a running back as high as pick number 15) – “Yeah I do have a philosophy about it. I don’t know if I want to tell you my philosophy about it. I think that like most players…everybody says you can find running backs later in the draft. Well, you can find receivers late in the draft, and you can find guards late in the draft, and you can find tight ends late in the draft. It goes for every position in my mind. I think if you look at the top running backs in this league over time, they’re going to be first and second round picks. I do know that.”

(On whether that is the same with quarterbacks) – “Yeah, that study is probably accurate as well.”

(On what the main thing he looks for while evaluating quarterbacks) – “You know, you’re looking for all of it. You’re looking for Peyton Manning. You’re looking for Tom Brady. You’re looking for all those things, obviously. You’re looking for arm strength. You’re looking for accuracy. You’re looking for a quick release. You’re looking for good footwork. You’re looking for intangibles. You’re looking for smarts. You’re looking for mentally tough. You’re looking for all those things, and you just have to go through the process of evaluating that when you’re with the kid, watching through tape, watching tape with the kid. There’s a certain process that you go through, and we felt like we’ve done our due diligence there.”

(On whether an effective running game is more based upon the running back or the offensive line) – “Well it’s a team sport, so I think that good teams have, good running games have the combination of a good offensive line and a good running back. I think you have to have a combination of both.”

(On how thoroughly they have investigated Ryan Mallett and his impressions of Mallett) – “Well I have spent a lot of time with him, not going to deny that. I went there to visit with him. He’s come here to visit with me and to visit with him as well. I feel like we’ve been very thorough in that, in that process, much like we are with every player that we are considering drafting. Sometimes when there’s information out there you want to dispel rumors and get as much information that you can with any player out there, and that’s why we went through the process. He’s a nice young man, very talented kid, got a bright future.”

(On the current quarterback class) – “I think it’s good depth. I like the players that are in this draft. I think there’s good depth there. I think you can find a good player. I don’t have a crystal ball about what kind of players they’re going to be in this league. There’s a lot of things that go into that play, but I think it’s a good depth group. I think there’s, I think there’s starters to be had.”

(On how using seven of eight picks on defense in last year’s draft affects this year’s draft) – “Well I think with last year, to be honest with you, I wasn’t really aware of, until the end that it was seven of eight picks to be honest with you. It wasn’t the strategy that we had that we’re going defense, defense, defense. It’s kind of the way it fell. The draft board fell that way, so this year going into it I’m obviously more aware of what we did last year. The board has to fall the right way. You can’t, you have to either go up, go down, or stay put obviously, but I don’t feel like I have to just go out and get certain, certain positions. I don’t feel that way. Again, free agency is going to open up again. I feel like we’d be an active player in free agency if that was to, when that time comes, so I’m going to try to draft good players that can contribute fast.”

(On if it will be more difficult to get the second round pick that was traded to Denver last year back due to the labor issue) – “I can’t tell you what the mindset of the other teams are; I think that there will be quite a bit of movement though. I think there will be movement, you just never can tell. You are going to get the same answer from most GM’s, you are going to have to see how the board falls, where the movement is. I feel confident where the strengths of the board are, at least our board, and I am going to try to stay in those particular rounds as much as I can because that’s where the strength is, according to our board. It may be different with other places.”

(On if he is uncomfortable going into the draft without a second round pick) – “Yeah, you wish you had it, for sure, but I know I got a great player out of it to. So last year that was the right thing to do and I am glad we got the player, but now I’m ‘dangum I wish we had that second round pick’, but you pay for what you get. We got a great player and I am very proud of that. The great thing about this year is we really have an extra first round pick and an extra fourth round pick, because neither one of those guys have played, (2010 first round pick) Jared (Odrick) and (2010 fifth round pick) A.J. (Edds), so those two picks are really going to impact this year’s draft class more than last year.”

(On if a running back by committee lessens the value of the position compared to years past) – “Lessen the value? No, I don’t think so Omar, I don’t think it lessens the value. I think you have to go after as good a player as you can, because you never know when that player is going to get hurt in this business. I don’t think it lessens the value, I think you after the best players you can possibly get. Right now, we only have two running backs right now on our roster, you don’t know if you are going to get another one and another one at some point, so it doesn’t lessen the value, but no.”

(What are the tangible skills that you look for in a running back, do you separate the position by styles) - “Tangible skills? Well certainly with a running back you got to have instinct. You got to have quickness. You got to have vision. You got to have low center of gravity. You got to be tough; those are, I think those are critical.”

(On if he feels more prepared with the Draft this year compared to years past because there is no free agency) –“Certainly it has allowed us to focus on one thing, and it’s been all hands on deck, it really has, we have used everyone on our coaching staff, every person on our scouting staff. It has been great focus, great evaluative efforts here, so my hats off to my entire coaching staff and everybody in the building for that matter who has helped me focus on it. So yeah, I think you are prepared for it for sure.”

(On where he is in the draft process as a result of the ‘All hands on deck’ approach) – “Yeah, you know we started off like gang busters, we go from eight to eight and eight to nine and we just go real hard and we got ahead of ourselves a little bit so we kind of slowed down a little bit. The great thing is I can give my staff off for Easter, so they got a little bit of a break for Easter and then we go back hard come Monday. So we are right where we need to be, to be honest with you.”

(On how many Mock Drafts they do and if he looks at other peoples mock drafts) – “Yeah I really don’t look at too many of them up until about now. I start looking at a few certain ones that have a little merit to them. We start ‘mocking’ ourselves this week, that’s pretty much ‘the hay’s in the barn’ and now its strategizing and things like that were , trying to do. So we start ‘mocking’ and that just gives me a little bit of a thought process, a little bit of vision of what might happen. I have never ‘mocked’ and been satisfied with it, usually the draft actually leads to better results than the actual mocking does. My scouts, when we ‘mock’, they know my board and sometimes there are players that are not on my board that get drafted and those are the things that you obviously can’t predict, but I do look at them, they are fun to do.”

(On the way the 2011 schedule looks) –“I think there are some tough stretches, obviously, I am happy we are opening up at home on Monday Night, that’s exciting, against the Patriots. That’s extremely exciting. It’s one of the best teams in the league, your opening on Monday Night, you’re at home, we have something to prove at home, so I am very excited about that, and that’s all I have really looked at is game number one. But I think the schedule is good, we play on Thanksgiving it kind of a little bit of a homecoming for me, and I thought the schedule worked out nicely for us.”

(On if there are many stretch the field running backs in the draft) – “However we find it, we need to try and find it. I don’t know that we will and the answer could be on our team right now because we have some guys that didn’t play. So I am not sure. There are a handful of guys there that can run, now how they fall and whether, now there is no science to this thing, so whether or not it’s there or free agency or any of those things.”

(On how he feels about the 15th overall selection)

“The number itself or the pick itself (laughing).  I mean the pick is great.  I’ve always joked around with this but regardless of where you are picking in the draft, in my opinion, you usually are two players short of what you would need to get that pick.  And so, in other words, you never have 15 players that you’d love to have at 15.  You usually have 12 or 13 and so you’re betting on someone else being picked.  Whether you’re the 27th pick, you never have 27 players.  Or the fifth pick.  You never have 5.  Only one time that I had just one…the first pick and obviously I was proud of that one.”

(On if they are better served moving down in the draft) – “Like you said it’s the same in every draft.”

(On if he gave every quarterback the same test he gave Andy Dalton) – “Every quarterback we went to look out was put through the same process.  You have to do your homework that way.  We didn’t send them a playbook.  We send them kind of a study guide.  So we put every single player through the same process.  You’ve got to be able to compare one apple to next apple.  And so that’s what we did.”

(On how much weight he puts on the combine vs. the playing season) – “I’m a tape guy.  Video guy…what do they call it these days.  It’s not tape.  But I watch the video.  I’m a tape guy.  I’m going to go by what I see on that video tape and how they play the game.  Football players play football and obviously you want to verify what you see on tape with the combine numbers and things like that and sometimes it opens your eyes; a performance at the combine would open your eyes to something that you’re not seeing on tape.  And so you get back and you watch it again, but you want those two to marry together.  I put more weight on what I see as a football player playing the game of football.”

(On going up or down in the draft) – “I have a fairly good sense of who I would take at that spot.  There’s no doubt about it.  I mean I think if you can come down to two or three guys.  So, yeah, I do and you know there are also scenarios to go up and get a guy if falls or go down two or three guys are not there.”

(On how much information out there is misinformation)  - “First of all I don’t know if I believe even if I told him exactly what I was going to do.  Because I think there is misinformation out there.  I don’t think the misinformation comes from the player itself.  I think sometimes misinformation, its rumor, its hearsay.  It’s from someone that they thought they heard sometime, I don’t think it’s all on purpose sometimes.  I couldn’t tell you how much is misinformation.  I can tell you that some of it, a small portion of what you hear out of our building is misinformation.  So, but I can’t tell you what the other stuff.  I don’t know what other than misinformation other teams are putting out there.  But I’ve got to go by what I see.  I’ve got to go by what I’ve been able to gather from my scouts and myself, my coaching staff and that’s the information that’s most important to me.

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There are 56 bowls and 34 coffee cups.

How will this Guy screw up this year and embarress the Franchise by asking a player if his Mom works the Late shift??????

I am not thrilled about the Guy either, zonk-39

Playing the cards close to the chest and hopefully with a bit of luck get the guy you need for the position you need filled.

Yeah, with a little help from his friends, kindry.

A couple of interesting insights from this interview on Irelands take on RB's:

"everybody says you can find running backs later in the draft. Well, you can find receivers late in the draft, and you can find guards late in the draft, and you can find tight ends late in the draft. It goes for every position in my mind. I think if you look at the top running backs in this league over time, they’re going to be first and second round picks. I do know that"

(What are the tangible skills that you look for in a running back, do you separate the position by styles) - “Tangible skills? Well certainly with a running back you got to have instinct. You got to have quickness. You got to have vision. You got to have low center of gravity. You got to be tough; those are, I think those are critical.”


Hmmm, I can think of one back that meets his criteria quite well in this draft.

Haha!, 0x80.

AND YOU CAN FIND PLAYERS WITH METAL PLATE IN THEIR LEG ....TALK IS EASY ,ANY ONE ONE CAN FIGURE THAT OUT,,,,,

I have become contaminated with the mock bug so I will publish one. When is that mock contest going to happen, Armando?

well,jeff talks a good game. i just wish he could follow his own advice. he drafted pat white as a qb which was reiterated several times by sparano after the draft. most fans and nfl guru's knew it wouldnt work. last year jeff drafts 2 guys with broken legs. john jerry was taken 2 rounds early as a RG with no position flexibility. he has missed on 8 out of 9 lineman and failed to grab a legit tight end or free safety. keep talking jeff but try to follow your own advice.

last year we could of had dez bryant until jeff's interview. then we pass on earl thomas,a FS we needed desperately no to mention several tight ends we could use(they went to the pats while jeff was acorn hunting). so we grab a guy with a metal rod in his leg! couldnt he leave with parcells????????

0x80, that was like a shot in the heart when he said that (about RBs). Either means 1 of 2 things: he's throwing out some misinformation, so another team who wants Ingram will trade places with us and give us the 2nd rd pick back, or we're getting Ingram. I'm guessing QB at this point is totally out of the question (at least in the 1st-rd). I wouldn't be surprised if he totally messed with our heads and drafted a def player 1st-rd, but I think it's either move back and get Pouncey and a 2nd-rd pick or get Ingram.

Ugh! I HOPE we draft a Taiwan Jones-type back later on too, Ingram won't cut it by himself.

Every time I hear or see Irelands name, I hear the "TWILIGHT ZONE" music.............

greg, wait until Odrick gets hurt again this season, then people here will owe me a big apology for hating on me when I said Odrick would just as soon turn into a bust as a success (probability is 50/50 at this point).

People here think with their hearts WAY too much! That's why we haven't even slightly FELT a SuperBowl in decades. Let's think with our heads and do what it takes to really make a TEAM (not the sloppy group of yahoos that've called themselves Dolphins this last decade).

How do you do that? Stop saying, "this is our year, we're only a couple players away..." Let's face it, we're PLENTY of EXPERIENCED PLAYERS away from anything. Let's grow, try to win more games this year than we lose, and move a step closer to our goal. Let's keep acquiring TOP SHELF talent (instead of the bottom of the roster talent) and GAME CHANGERS (not role players). Let's finally figure out QB is the most important position to get right (without that, nothing else matters).

When we do that, maybe we'll start to look like NE (instead of Cleveland).

One thing I'll say about Ingram though (just to show I'm willing to see the light on anyone and my views aren't etched in stone) he'll be able to contribute Day 1. That you can't take from the kid. He's ready to play, knows what to expect, will absolutely be the starter Day 1 if he's taken, so, that's something.

Brian Gaine was promoted to help Ireland do what?

I know, take the heat off Ireland in the likely event the draft turns bust.

If "marrying" is the thought proccess, I sure hope those two elope if they pick duds this year.

Get your rice ready...

When I look at last year`s draft and see the players we could have had, I can only wonder how this year`s draft will be screwed up again. For many reasons, I just am not thrilled for this season to begin. Ireland, Sporano and CO. - I just hope you don't screw this up again. Give us some hope, we desperately need a lift. I just don't see this group leading this team into any winning scenarios. Can't wait for the next owner, gen. manager, and coach change.

MALLET AFTER MEETING WITH THE TOP BRASS ON THAT SICK NIGHT,IT'S REPORTED HE WENT OUT TO TOWN AND GOT INTOXICATED .


MALLET'S AGENT GOT HOLD OF SCHAFTER OF ASPEN AND TOLD HIM IT'S NOT TRUE SEEING MALLET SLIPPING IN THE DRAFT.


PS.... HE MISSED THE MOST IMPORTANT INTERVIEW OF HIS LIFE ,IF NOT FOR HIM BUT FOR THE MEDIA TO SEE HIM INTERVIEWING FOR THE TOP PICK .............NOW SINCE THEN THEY COULDN'T COME W/ONE SINGLE PROVE THE STORY IS WRONG .

KRIS,


MALLET GOT INTOXICATED ON THAT NIGHT,MANY SOURCES SAYING THAT NOW....YOU ME AN APOLOGY,AN APOLOGY SENATOR .

It seems as though the draft has become more of "let's wait and see how they screw it up again" affair since Shula left. I have absolutely no confidence in Ireland. He talks the talk but when crunch time comes I have this vision of him incoherent, drooling, and peeing in his pants.

AND THE STORY GOES LIKE..... AFTER THE MEETING BETWEENN MALLET AND PANTHERS TOP BRASS HE WENT AND GOT DRUNK AND WAS SEEING GOING TO POUND TOWN WITH SOUTHERN CHICKS...........


PS... PANTHERS QB COACH HAVE WORKED WITH MALLET ALREADY AND THE HEAD COACH IS REALLY LOVES MALLET .......COULD BE THE SHOCK IF THEY SELECT HIM AT NO 1 .

The most productive RB out of last years draft was an undrafted LaGarret Blount. He didn't play the entire season and had more yards than RBs taken in the first rounds, CJ Spiller. Ireland is throwing up a smoke screen, he wants to trade down.

KRIS, YOU OWE ME AN APOLOGY .............

John Jerry was thought to be a 2nd-3rd rd pick. Overreaching? No. Fasano is pretty good and to his credit I think that with the exception of Gronkowski and Graham and Moeaki we have the better TE. This year Kyle Rudolph and Jordan Cameron are guys that should be looked at for improvement but it isn't even that crucial. Fix the OLINE. I'd draft Pouncey and try and leverage him to the Steelers for a tradeback and their 2nd and 3-4th pick cuz they pick so late. Worst case scenario we are stuck with a starting caliber C/G. I believe the Giants covet him as well. could find some trade down scenarios easily like that...

1st #15 select Pouncey trade to 31 for Andy Dalton or Christian Ponder

2nd 63rd Allen Bailey LOLB/ Bruce Carter LOLB

3rd Jordan Todman RB/ Taiwan Jones RB

4th Jordan Cameron TE/ DJ Williams TE

4th 127th Da'Norris Searcy SS/ Greg Salas WR

5th Lee Ziemba OG/ Charles Clay FB

6th Zane Taylor C/ Brandon Fusco C

7th Byron Maxwell DB/ DeMarcus Van Dyke DB

7th Anthony Allen RB/ Mario Fannin RB

BEERPHIN.... TWAIN JONES WILL NOT BE WATING FOR UNTIL 3RD .

I LIKE YOUR CHOICES BUT POUNCY.

Give Ireland a chance. We have all seen the results of GM Rick Spielman, Nick Saban and then Randy Mueller.

The Tri-fecta (Parcells gone now) have missed on some players but overall they have gradually added talent. I like the core of players we have.

I feel we are close. 2-3 players away.

the thing about Jones is he played at EWU I'm not sure how may teams will risk wasting a pick in the 2nd when it's such a good draft for defense early. Plus there are a good amount of RB going to be available in the 3rd. The only RB I see going in the 2nd are LeShoure Williams and Murray maybe Thomas...

beerphin,
bruce carter is going to need to sit a year because he is still recovering from his injury he suffered in his senior season. i like the guy alot but we can't afford that. i believe they are targeting derek newton in the 5th. he's a big, athletic right tackle and he runs very well for his size. they've met with him and i think they pretty much have him penciled in. i don't think they are taking carey's health for granted. in the 7th you are probably going to see them take keith darbut and give him a shot to see what he can do rushing the passer. he's an olb with 4.37 speed and a 1.46 10 yd split. he also did a 10' 6" broad jump.

ANDY DALTON WILL BE OUR 15 PICK ....


THE RED HAIRED WHO WENT THROUGH MEDICAL TESTS FOR 2 DAYS TO FIND ANY HIDDEN MEATAL WITH DOLPHINS LOOKS MORE PROMISING BY THE HOUR ......


Pouncey would be leverage to bargain our way into the 2nd and grab a late 5rd or 4th as well. It's only a hypothesis but I'm pretty sure Pittsburg will try and make a move to get Pouncey... Why not us? get good value that way as well. I think Bruce Carter would be a great pickup opposite Wake. The guy is a beast. Allen Bailey from The U was one of the best linebackers in the country in high school. His only question mark is if he can cut some pounds to be able to play it in the Pros. Those two guys I believe will be very very good late 2nd rd picks

5rd = 3rd*

I think the Dolphins are trying to create a value on Mallett. If he's there and a team below really wants him, they trade up to get him.

The risk is that someone a slot or two above you gets the trade up..so you have to be cautious.

Dalton would be great pickup but at 15 it's overreaching... I think he will be available with a trade down no doubt. Ponder will probably be picked ahead of him and maybe even Mallet... My QBs in order

Cam Newton
Jake Locker
Blaine Gabbert
Andy Dalton
Christian Ponder
Colin Kaepernick
Ryan Mallet
Ricky Stanzi
Tyrod Taylor
Greg McElroy
Pat Devlin
T.J. Yates
Taylor Potts

IT'S REPORTED , NE,IND AND SAINTS ALL AFTER ANDY DALTON .

I'd still take Bruce Carter at 63 if we could. But from what I read he won't be ready for training camp but could be ready for the start of the season. He is going to be a star IMO passing on him then could haunt us. He has top ten talent. If Allen Bailey can change positions again can be a shut down defender against the rush in the 3-4. question is whether he can move fluidly straightened out... I still see LB a position to fill and Misi could be better suited inside next to Dansby.

beerphin,
carter tore his acl last november and isn't projected to play at all in the 2010 season. he would be a great pickup for a team that doesn't need him to start immediately but, unfortunately, we're not that team.

sorry, i meant carter isn't expected to play at all in 2011.

It's all guesswork trying to read between the lines, determine what is real or smokescreen. The one thing I felt though from his comments was that he wouldn't draft Mallet at 15. His response was like when you tell the girl you went out with last night that she is a really nice girl with a great personality...which usually is a nice way to say you aren't planning to call her again.

beerphin,
if the guy is there in the 2nd rd my pick would be justin houston. big, strong and fast and, with him and wake, opposing qb's would be looking up at the sky all day.

From what I've read his rehab has been going great and he could be ready at the start of the season...

me too but I fear houston is a top 40 pick no doubt...

hypothetical but If Carter is healthy for the season then would u take him?

BEERPHIN,

YOU WANT ROSS TO PAY A GUY WHO'S NOT GOING TO PLAY IN 2011 ?


WE R BECOMING THE REHAB CENTER OR WHAT .

Bruce Carter is that good...

THAT GOOD TO SIT ON THE BENCH AND LOOK AT HIM .

I wonder how much Edds will play this year... I hope he beats out Crowder and we can trade him for anything... I wonder what his worth will be?

This will be the first year that Jeff and company are running the draft. Have no illusions, Parcells was the main guy in that room. We can't put any of the picks, good or bad, squarely on Ireland's shoulders. My gut tells me that Parcells had more to do with the Pat White pick. He just doesn't seem like an Ireland guy. So I'll wait to pass judgment on Ireland's until after the next couple of drafts.

I bet you he is ready for the season, ALoco.

beerphin,
carter is a guy i loved to watch at NC. i was disappointed when he went down with his injury. in my opinion he is a much better prospect than ayers and ,yeah, i would take him if i knew he were healthy. however, i've been getting pounded for saying i would take aldon smith if we were stuck at 15. so, i have to keep it on the downlow. (i think that's the right expression)

beerphin,
there is video of ireland's man crush keith darbut on youtube. check it out. i don't think he'll start or anything but i like what they found under this acorn.

i've never even heard of the guy where'd he play ball?

There's absolutely, 100% NO CHANCE of THIS FO, THIS YEAR, grabbing a player (who's not a QB) who won't help the team THIS YEAR (at least through the first 3-4 rounds).

People, this FO knows they only have 1 shot at this. If the team stinks, no one will be around to see how an injured player this year can help the team next year. The FO is in survival mode. So keep that in mind before you make wild assumptions.

what about that kid we picked in the 6th last year and spitler?

they need to pick their Defense early or not pick D at all...

BRUCE CARTER HAS A TORN ACL BEERPHIN,PLEASE LET SOME ONE ELSE DEAL WITH WE HAVE ENOUGH PLAYERS IN REHAB .

I'd take a shot at Van Dyke and Hill becuz they played at UM and yes while it was a down year alot falls on the coaching a QB carousel... Allen Bailey is a FREAK. McCarthy might be great with his type of work ethic. B. Harris is likely a top 40 pick

Carter is top 15 talent... possibly available late 2nd to 3rd rd. I'd take a shot on him... Just my opinion, I respect yours but don't agree.

I used to be high on mallett, but not anymore.

I'm hoping if we have to pick at 15 that we either go Pouncey or Ingram.

I'd prefer to trade down and hope to get one of those two, but I don't think that will happen.

IF NOT FOR HIS TORN ACL ,HE WOULD BE FIRST ROUND PICK ....STILL HE WILL SITTING MOST OF 2011..TOO BAD .


TWAIN JONES IS FLYING HIGH ON DRAFT BOARDS AND RIGHTLY SO .

ANDY DALTON'S AGENT IS THE SAME GUY WHO REPRESENT KEVIN KOLB OF PHI ...........

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