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Ireland: The evaluator evaluates himself

 Jeff Ireland has been the Dolphins general manager since 2008. And next week, as the general manager, he'll put hs evaluaton skills to the test by picking a new set of players for the Dolphins in the annual NFL draft.

But how has the evaluator done? How would the evaluator evaluate himself?

“Well, it’s a team effort," Ireland said during the Dolphins annual pre-draft conference Thursday. "Bill (Parcells) and I conducted a couple drafts together. I’ve conducted one here solely by myself with my team upstairs obviously. Certainly, I’m not responsible for all of it. When you look back and you made some good picks. Depends on how you look at it. If you look at the future or past of the draft and you say 50-55% and you say if you can be 50% in the draft over a period of time, you’ve done pretty good.

"I think where we were when we started to where we are now we’ve done a pretty good job of adding some talent to this football team. Certainly I’m not saying I hit on every single one because I haven’t. There’s no doubt about that. Some I have taken some risk on and hit. And some I have taken some risk on and didn’t work out so good, but that’s just part of the draft.”

One looks at Ireland's first-round picks and they have not been bad. They have been good. He picked starting center Mike Pouncey in 2011 and he picked starting cornerback Vontae Davis in 2009. (Parcells has told me he did the draft in 2008 and 2010 and Ireland did it in 2009 while he was still there.)

The early round picks after No. 1? Probably early to decide.

Pat White was a disaster, although that was a total organizational failure. Sean Smith is a starter. Daniel Thomas is still an unknown quantity. 

“I think all the picks are extremely important but certainly second, third, fourth round picks, I mean those guys need to be either starters or significant role players," Ireland said. "I’m a firm believer that you can find talent in the fifth, sixth and seventh and obviously free agency. So every pick, there’s a lot of thought that goes into each and every one of them.

"I’m maybe stubborn enough to think I can hit on every single one of them. So, we spent a lot of time this time of the year on fifth, sixth and seventh round and free agency. Those guys are up there right now grinding away at the free agent board as well.”

Ireland believes he can hit on everyone. That is a good attitude because you don't want a loser who is expecting a disaster after the second or third round. But ... maybe that's not something you actually want to say publicly. Sets one up for critique.

“I’ve got some good guys and some guys are still developing I would say (Charles) Clay and Reshad Jones and Chris Clemmons," Ireland. "Those guys are still here and they’re still developing. I think we drafted a kid last year in the seventh round, Jimmy Wilson, that I think is going to be a pretty good player.

"Time will tell with John Jerry and Koa (Misi). So Pat Turner’s still playing in the league. He’s not on our roster, he’s still playing in the league so we’ve got to do a pretty good job this year. I’m looking more in the future than in the past.”

OK, so how do you evaluate the evaluator?

[RADIO NOTE: Ireland will be on my radio show, Armando and Perkins, at 7:30 this morning. You can listen in South Florida at 640-AM on your dial. Or you can watch the show by clicking here. If you miss the early-morning interview, we'll replay the interview at 9 a.m.]

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If we could have Sean Smith's lips surgically sewn together and attach velcro to his hands. He could develop into one helluvah defensive back!

JS,

Sorry, I'm not OK with 'if Foles fails, then you only gave up a 4th round pick for him, oh well'. To me, a wasted pick is a wasted pick and that's what he is in my book. I feel the same way about Cousins. The only other guy I'd consider, other than Tannehill, is Weeden but I'm only lukewarm on him now too. Too many scouts saying 'he's just another guy'. Too many saying 'he's another Chris Weinke'. Are they right? No idea. But I'm not as high on Weeden as I was. If we can't get Tannehill or Weeden, I'd prefer we not waste another pick on a QB. I'd be fine with going with the two guys we have this year and drafting a guy next year. Not impressed with the rest of the QB's in the class.

A poster just said(CraigM) he doesnt get Cousins as a 2nd rd pick.

First of all, it guarantees Moore leaves in fa next offseason. Im sure his nfl qb pride says, "I want to be an nfl starting qb. He's not re-upping with Miami, when clearly he'll only have one more season as a starter with Tannehill selected #8.

Its 50/50 Garrard will stay as a backup. He only signed a 1yr contract and because of age and shrinking opportunity may stay on as a backup. But let's first see how the back will hold up before having even backup aspirations for him.

Now, 2ndly, if forced to start a rookie qb in year two, Cousins is already far more starter ready than Tannehill. Starting Tannehill year two, seems to have the only great impact of beginning Tannehenne II, the sequel.

If given a choice(unfortunate circumstances) I feel far more comfortable with Cousins to start in year 2 than Tannehill. You have to look at all of the possibilities guys. We cant afford to be tunnel visioned about this.

Guaranteed Moore doesnt resign if Tannehenne is drafted #8.

Well, I just can't be serious all the Time, no matter how hard I try, ALoco.

Just read the article - who the GM picks in the draft doesn't matter - DID THE TEAM WIN THE SUPER BOWL OR NOT? This is the only question that matters - I don't want to hear about "I hit on 50% or I hit on some acorns late in the draft" - WIN THE SUPER BOWL ALREADY!

The Dolphins draft has been more surprisingly successful than I realized. With 32 draft picks since 2008, 20 of those are still on the rosters (62%), and 10 are starters (31%). It's not always perfect, but it's been decent. What are your opinions?
Obviously Kendall Langford was lost to the Rams in fa this offseason, same with Chad Henne, and we've cut bait with Hilliard.
So that means 17 of 32 player drafted since 2008 are currently still with the team. Yes, there have been boo-boos, yet over 50% of the players drafted since 2008 are currently still with the team.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone | April 20, 2012 at 01:09 PM

Who cares if they are still on the team or starting? It's foolosh to look at it that way. The Dolphins are one of the worst teams in the NFL for the last decade. They have very little talent on the team.

If they draft a guy, they need him to start. Most of them don't start because they are worthy, he's just the best they got.

This team has drafted poorly & is inferior compared to most other teams in the league in terms of talent.

FZB,

The only thing you know is how to spill obvious media jargon.

That Ireland was just protecting his old boss? Really? That's the best you got? Never stopped to think that maybe PARCELL'S took the heat by saying it was his fault to protect his protege huh, dummy?

Guess it only works one way?

Here's a tip for ya...remember to clean Ireland's jizz off your face once your finished. It's not a good look for you.

So going into Irescum's 5th year the Fins are the equivalent of an expansion team.....without the draft choices.

No GM througout the League is going to give a nano-mm of information to ANYBODY, specially in this upcoming Draft. Very good on them.

Armando, the Herald will soon change dramatically and you seem now to be out of the picture. You are a talented guy and we will follow you forever. Where you gonna go?

Criag,
I don't advocate FOles. He's a 4-5th rounder to me. If we miss Cousins or Weeden, and I'm already drinking, then Foles is a shoulder shrug. Why not. Whatever.

As far as Cousins goes, he's done nothing but answer every question that has been raised. Can't make the throws? COmbine and pro-day - check, --ok he can. Can he move? Ran as fast as some RBs, not RG3 speed or anything, but... Ok, check. Tall enough? Check. On the field decisions? Hmmm, won some big games, with non-top round talent. Forced some balls when a play was needed, won some lost some. Elway had a few of those. TD/Int ratio, beats Tanny.
Does he win? 11-3 record. Beat Georgia, Ohio St. Iowa and Wisconsin (1st match; lost close to them last match). Even his critics call him an excellent leader.

GOod enough for me. Is he Marino? Probably not. But neither is Eli Manning. Winner, leader, does everything good enough ... can't say we've had a QB that good in a LONG while.

So Cousins isn't your cup o' tea. Sure, everyone has their preferences. Out of who is availble, who is yours?

Craig, and other Cousins doubters,...

Wanna wait til next year?
not me.
Barkely. Sure, if we have the #1 pick. If not, do you really think we'll jump to #1 by selling the farm for a 6'2" QB when when we wouldn't for Luck or RG3? Seems dubious.

Ok, so who's left next year? Glad you asked:

Landry Jones. We were already mocking this guy for resembling Henne before he opted out of this years draft. Scary.

Wilson from Arkansas? Maybe. Has that Cousins quality though. Nothing amazing, just does his job well.

Geno Smith? Anyone have a solid opinion on him yet?

Denard Robinson is a few pegs down on the board. At 5'2" the DE's couldn't find him... sneaky advantage?

So still the question is, if not Cousins, who? and When?

I'm open. But this magical QB search isn't very magical.

Jeff is no chef. Jeff is a mortician. He can't make acorn pies!All he can do is put makeup on a corpse.

alcoa get a life u sad little man

We need to fire Jeff before its too late. Its already late but its not too late.

fIRElaND!!!

Burger 305, as far as bad GM you ought to look at Rick Speilman, Buddy Nix, Gene Smith, and Jerry Angelo. These are bad GM's.

The Pat White pick was such a bad evaluation that it merits firing. I see a General Manager that does not evaluate the university in his own back yard. Not the the UM guys should have been picked early in the draft, I am not saying that. But they were undervalued and could have been picked at bargain prices with just a little effort. they were in same town! Graham in the third, are you kidding me, Shields for a contract not even a pick, bargains. Sorry but Ireland does not impress me at all.

Kafel is on drugs. Pretty good = FIRED in the NFL. He's had 4 seasons to build a team... find a qb... and not let the coach be your fall guy. he's 0 fer 3. Zero playoff wins, 1 playoff appearance. That is abject FAILURE! Go Heat. Go Panthers. Go Marlins. Go Dolphins... for the first time in MY life... IN THAT ORDER!

Your right Beezer - no one saw the Pat White pick coming!

Am I the only one that thinks ALoco stands as a sad indictment of our public schools?

And why--WHY?--would anyone THAT illiterate want to repeatedly prove their illiteracy by posting poorly worded, badly conceived and horribly punctuated posts on the internet?

It's like a skinny, pasty kid put on a Speed-o and going to a muscle beach, or someone from Texas applying to MENSA.

Why advertised your own ignorance in such grand strokes.

Sad, really.

"BOYCOTT THE FINS UNTIL IRELAND IS FIRED! WE"RE TIRED OF THE LOSING!! WE DEMAND CHANGE!

Posted by: BOYCOTT IS ON"

You do understand that to boycott mean TO GO AWAY.

Please do so. Bye!

And seriously...so these mouth-breathing morons REALLY want Ireland fired less than a week before the draft?

And they call HIM dumb!

LOVE IS NOT EASY.............

LOVE IS LIKE WATCHING THE DOLPHINS IN THE CELLAR FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS,,,,,,,,,


PAINFUL..................................

OUR PLAYERS ARE BELOW AVARGE PLAYERS .............


WHEN OUR GARAGE MANAGER DRAFT A PLYER THE FIRST THING HE LOOKS AT ,IS HOW MUCH THAT WILL COAST ? THAT'S WHY WE WILL NEVER LEAVE OUR CELLAR ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Ernest Wilford (bust)
Gibril Wilson (bust)
Jake Grove (bust)
Sean Smith (bust)
Marc Columbo (bust)
Pat White (bust)
AJ Edds 4th round (bust)
Clyde Gates (bust)
Koa Misi (bust)
Tim Dobbins (bust)
Nolan Carroll (bust)
Patrick Turner (bust)
John Nalbone (bust)
Chad Henne (bust)
Shawn Murphy (bust)

How the hell can anyone say he's a good GM?
Case and point, Eric Winston played for the Miami hurricanes. Was a great T and should be our starting RT. His brother works for the dolphins. Comes to Miami to visit and Jeff Ireland offers him a contract so poor he says he leaves because he feels "disrespected". Dude is cheap, has a poor draft record, and players do not want to play for a cheap ass low baller ESPECIALLY after the Dez Bryant situation. Until he's gone there is no hope for a vast improvement. Idk about you but I'm sick and tired of 7-9, 9-7 every other year.

Matthew.
Shut the hell up. Stop hiding behind your ability to correct grammar, get out from under Ireland's desk, wipe your mouth and look at the facts.

I'm still on the Russell Wilson band wagon.
I think we go Floyd At #1-8 an take a roll of dice on a OLB/DE in the second. Trading down would actually be good. Idea here it's a good high spot. Pick up a 4th for the swap.
Draft Russell Wilson in the 3rd. Trade away our other 3rd for a 2nd next year or draft best RT left.
Hell, even oswiler might be good one day.
Think about it!!

Irelands 1st free agency is rated a disaster ("worst in AFC", ESPN) by every objective analyst...

Ireland is a very good SCOUT, but being GM means more than just talent evaluation...Ireland is known as a person who will lie to players and colleagues and stab them in the back the second it suits him...he has helped make the Fins a laughingstock

I DON'T LIKE IT WHEN HE SAYS 50 PERCENT IS GOOD WE NEED BETTER THEN THAT PEOPLE, BOTTOM LINE IS SINCE HE HAS BEEN HERE ONE PLAYOFF APPEARANCE AND NO PLAYOFF WINS, HE HAS BEEN LESS HEN OKAY OVERALL AND THATS THE TRUTH, HOWEVER HE MAY GET BETTER AND THAT IS TRYING TO BE POSITIVE

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