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Everything Jeff Ireland told the media Tuesday

Yes, Jeff Ireland spoke to the media today.

He used over 4,000 words. Here are all of them:

(On the Senior Bowl being his favorite time of the year and what he’s looking for there) –“Well, you know it is. It really is my favorite time of the year. It’s obviously the offseason. It’s what’s our life blood for personnel people and it’s really the last opportunity where we’re going to see the draft class be in pads and actually playing football. From this point on, it’s Olympics in shorts from that standpoint. It’s really one of your first opportunities to be in a meeting room with the players and get to know them personally a little bit. You’ve heard a lot about them and this opportunity gives us a great perspective of what’s going to be in the draft this year. So it’s an exciting time for us."

(On how he would assess this year’s draft class) – “Well, we’re still assessing it to be honest with you. There’s some names on the junior class that I didn’t expect to see on there. We’re filtering through that, a lot of those things. We do a lot of junior work, but the draft class is what it is. We don’t sit around putting grades on the draft class. We evaluate them one-by-one and we’ll grind through it as efficiently as possible and look at the players that fit our system and fit our needs and fit the makeup that we’re looking for in the locker room.”

(On how much it benefits to have head coach Joe Philbin being there) – “It’s just more time that Joe and I get a chance to spend together. I that’s invaluable to the set the vision forward. Joe and I, we’re splitting a suite… so we’re spending a lot of time together talking about players. We’re watching free agents together and that’s important. The more time we get a chance to be with each other and talk football, the better off we’re going to be as a football team. So it’s great to have him here.”

(On what it feels like going into the draft with nine picks, especially all of the high ones) – “Yeah, it feels really good. You feel like you’re positioned well with draft picks. You have an opportunity to really do some good for the future of the franchise. I’m looking forward to it. We have five picks in the top three rounds and that’s important. It’s going to be a big day for us, big weekend.”

(On if he expects to stay at the 12th pick or if he’s open to moving) – “Yeah, we’re obviously open to anything. Today, you’re obviously you’re going to say you’re open to anything because you’re a couple months away from the draft, but we always go into it looking to move up and your scenarios to move up if the player that you’re looking for is there. And then you’re also looking to move back if you get shutout. I don’t think I’ve ever sat in a position where I’ve had, if you’re at 10 or 12, then I’ve had 12 guys. It’s usually you feel like there’s, if you’re at 12, there’s 10 guys. If you’re at eight, there’s six guys. If you’re 22, there’s 18 guys. You always have to have a plan, a contingency plan to move up, move back and so it’d be good to have picks to be able to do that.”

(On changing his scouting philosophy in comparison to coach Philbin’s scheme) –“In some aspects, it is (different). Certainly, defensively it’s changed. Probably more defensively than offensively, but you have a scouting philosophy that you get into. I’m a big firm believer of prototypical sized players, regardless of what scheme you’re going to play. If you’re going to play a 3-4, I want prototypical players in the front seven. I like big corners. Offensively, schematic-wise, again, I’m going to be prototypical and maybe looking for a little different offensive line type, maybe a little bit more athletic. Again, the draft and scouting philosophy is going to be high character, intelligent, passionate, competitive guys. That mixed with Joe’s schematic standpoint, that has to marry and I think it’s going to marry very well.”

(On if he thinks the team had enough firepower last year and what the team’s primary needs are)– “Obviously, you finish the season 7-9 and no one’s satisfied with that. The object of going into a season is to win the division. I think there’s a gap between the one and two in our division. In terms of fire power, look, we had two guys that were over 60 catches. We’ve got to find guys that are scoring touchdowns and getting the ball in the end zone. We’ve got to find guys that are disrupting the passer on defense, disrupting the receiver getting into the route on defense as well. We’re not looking, going into this draft, that we’re looking at one primary area. We’re looking to upgrade in a lot of different areas.”

(On the team has to have more explosive players to get into the playoffs next season) – “I think this is the year that you’ve got to do something. We’re looking for playmakers on offense. That’s what we need to do and the players have to be available for you to, you can’t make that up. They’ve got to be available to you and they’ve got to be available in free agency and in trade situations and certainly the draft. All of those avenues are going to be available to us from a cap stand point and a draft pick stand point. We’ll take every single opportunity and avenue that we can to procure some better players on the football team.”

(On if it’s better for the team to find a veteran receiver for Ryan Tannehill because of the learning curve with young receivers)– “There’s a method to that madness for sure, but also, he’s a young player and part of our philosophy is going to build the bulk of the roster through the draft. I think 31 other GMs would say the same thing, but that’s going to be our philosophy is the bulk of our team’s going to be built through the draft. I think we have one of the youngest football teams in the National Football League and that’s all certainly by design. With nine draft picks, it’s going to be a young team next year. Again, we’re in a position, a very good position, to utilize some of our cap space to bring some veteran players on our football team and then we’re in a very good position to bring some young players on our team from the draft stand point. That’s got to be a good mix and we plan to mix it.”

(On the production of this past year’s rookie class)– “Yeah, I feel very good about the whole class. You sit back and you’re after the season and you wish you would have gotten some more play time out of this guy and some more reps out of this guy. But for the most part, they all got good reps obviously. I put a lot of onus on practice reps and participation in practice and for the most part we stayed healthy. I’m very optimistic about the draft class. I’m very optimistic about the 2011 draft class, some of those guys that have participated and played well. We’ve got some good young players that are really ascending fast, so I’m very optimistic about our young team.”

(On if he wishes Michael Egnew played more)– “You know, sure. Certainly, I wish he would have been out there more. Players develop in certain stages of a career. Some guys they skyrocket fast and some guys it takes them a little bit more time. We had some really good players at that position. I think (Anthony) Fasano’s a great pro. (Jeron) Mastrud does what he does. He’s very efficient at what he does. (Charles) Clay, you’re trying to get Clay reps too. Never really had an injury. We claimed another guy (Kyle Miller). So we had some flexibility in situations where we couldn’t get Michael active. But absolutely and I think the last part of his season, he was moving around really good. I’ve got a high regard for him. He’s going to have a good season this year. I feel real confident about.”

(On how he feels about the tight ends and if it’s as important to find a playmaker at that position as wide receiver) – “I like the tight end position, but we need playmakers on the football team, regardless of where we get them – at the tight end position, running back position, receiver position. We just need playmakers. That’s kind of the plan and it’s a clear vision of… At least Joe and I have a clear vision of what we need to do for this football team and whether it’s, again, tight end, receiver, slot receiver, outside receiver, running back, tight end. We feel like if we can get some more playmakers at those spots, we’ll be good.”

(On the team’s current free agents and if the franchise tag is possible for any of them) – “It’s one of those avenues that we have there available to us. To negotiate in the media right now, I’m not going to give you my plans and what I plan to do from a franchise stand point, but it’s certainly available to us and we’ll use those avenues to make those decisions moving forward. But to say who I’m bringing back and who we’re not bringing back, I would say this in a blanket statement that all of those guys have contributed to this football team in various of ways. A lot of those guys I’ve drafted, some of them(I) traded for, some we’ve signed off the street or signed as free agents. It’s a great group of character guys in the locker room. I wish you could have them all back, but we’ve got some tough decisions to make here moving forward and they’re not easy and you wish you could have them all back. We’ve got a clear vision of what we want to do (and) a good plan. We’re starting here quickly on trying to get some of those guys back on the team. So we’ll have to see how those things go.”

(On putting together a roster given the team’s lack of success in the last four seasons) – “You don’t look back. You look forward. With a new football coach, you have a very young team, you look back and you’re trying to build. You look at where your youth is and where your veterans are and you look at where your offense is and where your defense is. I think we have a great scheme on all three sides. I just think you just have to take it one step at a time. You have a building block with a couple of different pieces and you’re trying to keep some of the foundational pieces as you’ve had that have helped you have some success. But we’re going to move forward on a day-by-day basis and build this football team from the inside-out and go from there.”

(On Ryan Tannehill’s season and if he compares him to anyone) – “You’ve got to look at how he affects this football team. I try not to compare him to RGIII or Russell Wilson or Andrew (Luck) because we’re in a different place from a football team stand point. I was pleased with his progress. I think, right now, you can say, I think he’s played 35 or 36 games in his career now and I think that’s where those guys start to really make a big jump in their ascension of development. So I’m exciting about his development. He’s got a long way to go. He would be the first person to tell you that, but I think he showed some signs of promise and hope that he’s going to be a very good player in this league.”

(On what the next step is for Tannehill) – “It’s consistency. I think he can certainly… You can look at a lot of different things and say he can take a step better in accuracy, in ball placement, getting the ball out faster, tempo. There’s a lot of things that he can get better at, but he showed signs of moving the football team and getting the team in the end zone. We’re excited about his progress, but again, he’s got a long way to go. He’s got to keep working at it.”

(On the position strengths on this draft) – “Again, I don’t get into grading draft classes. I really don’t. I look at the positions that we’re looking at, where we need to upgrade our football team and we attack that. Scouts take it one player at time and putting the draft board together. The draft board right now has a bunch of names on it. Until you get to April and you really start carving that down to just what we want and what we need and what fits us, I don’t really put a value on draft classes and it’s hard to say that right now because we’ve got probably 250 more names on the board that won’t be there in April.”

(On how much he gets accomplished in pairing down the draft board between this week and the Combine) – “The pairing down comes really in March to be honest with you. We’re just gathering information. We’re still in such a heavy information gathering process and, again, this is really some of the first time you get a chance to talk some of these kids and so sometimes you have a preconceived notion of who they are and what they’re made up (of) until you really get a chance to visit with them and kind of break them down a little bit and see what their football knowledge is and their personality and their character. All of that information’s coming in and we’re not at a carving aspect with that stuff.”

(On how tough it is to evaluate Tyrann Mathieu) – “You’ve just got to gather it all in and, at the end of the day, you’re going to ask yourself, ‘Is he what you want on your football team or is he not what you want on your football team?’ That’s going to be a collective decision between really Joe and I and our staff. You have to keep an open mind. You’re going to gather the information. You’re going to talk to the young man and you’re going to find out there’s two different sides of the story. As you guys know, I don’t know if you know, that the media sometimes might elaborate certain things. So we’re going to sit down with every individual that we feel like has a great football talent and we’re going to try to find out what that kid’s made of.”

(On the depth of the wide receiver position) – “I like some of the… We haven’t seen some of them. There’s going to be some juniors that we haven’t really broken down yet. I’ve seen a lot of the junior receivers that are in the class, but there’s actually a few that I haven’t seen. I think it’s a good class. Again, you guys put a lot of stock into the grade of a position, but I don’t know what that means to be honest with you because sometimes I’m looking for a position that has great depth in the fourth, fifth and sixth round. I’m sure you guys are talking about the first rounder’s and I think there’s certainly some guys that belong in that round and we’ll see if they fit what we’re looking for."

(On the traits that he is looking for in a wide receiver in the West Coast offense) – “Well number one, you are looking for guys that catch it. You laugh, but that’s the number one critical factor of the wide receiver position in my opinion; guys that can catch the ball consistently and have a big range of catching radius. Speed is obviously a big aspect of that and in this business they pay the other guy covering them, so there is going to be some contact opportunities and you want guys that can catch in traffic and catch with contact. I think the fourth aspect, not in any order, would be run after the catch. We’re looking for guys that can make plays.”

(On how far away he thinks that Dolphins are from competing for a conference championship) – “Well you know there is a gap and we’ve got a long way to go. I mean I look at our division and I look at it like I am obsessed with our division. I don’t really look outside of our division right now. You know the New England Patriots had twelve wins and we had seven, so there is a five (win) gap difference between first and second place right now. So we’ve got a long way to go, but we’re going to do everything in our power to improve that football team. To put a timeline on that, I can’t do that right this second.”

(On the criticism that he has been conservative in his tenure as Dolphins GM) – “I don’t look at the criticism. You guys can criticize all you want, but I feel like I have been aggressive where I need to be aggressive. (As far as) conservative, I think there have been some decisions that have been smart, so I don’t really look at it that way to be honest with you. But they pay you guys to make those decisions. I think we’ve done a good job in what we’ve been asked to do and good job in making good decisions, and we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do this year. I think the decisions that we’ve made up to this point to get us where we’re at in terms of our cap space, in terms of our draft picks, that’s all by design. We’ve got a clear vision of how we are going to help this football team moving forward.”

(On whether this team is looking to make the playoffs next year) – “Well you hope so. That’s our goal; win the division, and ultimately put us in the playoffs. That’s our goal every year, that’s going to be our goal going into next season, is win the division. Again, we’ve got a gap to close, but I think a good offseason can certainly do that. Absolutely.”

(On what guys from smaller schools need to do in order to catch the eyes of NFL scouts and be drafted) – “Just belong. The players that have not consistently gone against the Michigan’s, the Alabama’s, the LSU’s, and you get a guy that’s from Missouri Southern, there is a kid out there, is to belong. Compete your butt off and belong in this group. This is the best group of seniors in college football, so when you belong, you start catching the eyes of personnel decision makers. That’s the first thing that you need to do, and then be consistent.”

(On his image among Miami Dolphins fans, and what his one message to them would be) – “Polarizing is a good word. The message is that Joe and I and this organization have a clear vision of how we need to help this football team. We are positioned with an opportunity to help this football team moving forward. This is a big offseason for us, we understand that. We plan to active in every aspect of the avenues that are available to us. We look forward to making some exciting news here before too long.”

(On whether he views the offseason mission as getting Ryan Tannehill help or just brining in offensive players) – “We talked about playmakers, and I think that is important that we have playmakers. You know Ryan is one eleventh of the offense. He is a big piece of it, there is no doubt about it, but we are a team. Ryan is, like I said, one eleventh of the offense, but we’ve got to get some offensive players that can help him. Being the quarterback, and let’s not be naïve to the fact that he is the quarterback, so we’ve got get him help. Maybe it’s offensive line help, but who knows. We’ve got to get some offensive playmakers that can help us score touchdowns, because what we didn’t do a good enough job of this year was score touchdowns.”

(On whether he feels comfortable with Pat Devlin as his backup or whether he would want to draft another quarterback to backup Tannehill) – “You know anything is possible. I think Pat Devlin has done an outstanding job. He is highly, highly intelligent. His development since we have gotten him has skyrocketed. He is great in the locker room, he is great in the room with Ryan and Matt (Moore). So anything is possible for sure. I think Pat is capable of being that. To say that he is ready right now, I’m not going to lend my hand and say whether he is the two or we are going to re-sign Matt or anything like that or draft a guy, but anything is possible. They’ve got decisions to make too.”

(On how having four players going to the Pro Bowl reflects on the season that the team had) – “It’s a team game, and I think that all four of the guys that were able to go would say it is a team game.  I’m glad that the guys are able to go. Certainly Cam (Wake) and Richie (Incognito), John (Denney) and now Randy (Starks) are all really good players. They deserve to be there. We’re proud of them, and I know they are going to represent the Miami Dolphins logo and the fan base with a lot of class and hopefully have a lot of fun too.”

(On how he finds players on defense that can help force turnovers) – “You know it’s the same thing on offense as it is on defense; you need playmakers. You need guys, and on defense a lot of things…it’s a team game like I said. A lot of things like disrupting the passer, create turnovers. Disrupting the timing of the receiver getting into the route creates turnovers. Coaching helps turnovers and taking advantage of opportunities that you have whether catching the ball or jumping on a fumble. I mean, I think we coach it pretty good, and I think there were some times where we were unlucky where the ball was on the ground for what seems like eternity, and we didn’t have the opportunity to jump on it, or we jump on it and it slides out the backside, or whatever reason. But I think it’s the same thing; you’re looking for playmakers. You’re looking for guys that can disrupt the play.”

(On whether this team needs another pass rusher opposite of Cam Wake) – “You never have enough of them. You never have enough of them. Again, disrupting the passer is a key element in your building of a defense. You need guys that disrupt the passer, you need guys that disrupt the timing of the receiver in their route. When you can do those two things, you’re going to play pretty good defense.”

(On whether philosophies have changed in the NFL from having elite tackles to having elite centers and guards) – “I think in some divisions, again I am a big proponent of playing to win the division, and defensive personnel in certain divisions and certain teams have put a heavy emphasis on pressure up the middle. The Justin Smiths of the world who can really pressure up the middle, you’ve got to have some good guards to lock that down and keep the depth of the pocket long. So, certain philosophies would look at that. I know our philosophy is we want to protect the pocket, we want to protect the blind side, and you just need to protect that guy however you can. So when you find a good guard, you should go after that guy, because it’s an important piece.”

(On how he would assess John Jerry’s play at guard this season and whether Jerry is athletic enough to stay there long term) – “I was proud of John. I think John actually played more plays than any offensive lineman this year. John can improve; he is still a young player in my opinion. He is certainly athletic enough. John didn’t have a great training camp, and so he was kind of working to catch up a little bit. If John comes back in good shape and I think start where he left off, he's got a real good opportunity. So I think John still has a big arrow and the arrow is up on his future.”

(On whether Jake Long is still an elite left tackle) – “I think Jake can still play in this league for sure.”

(On being able to play and him being elite are two different things) – “Well I’m not going to tell you whether I think he is elite because I’m still in a contract negotiation. We certainly view Jake, and I’ve had a good conversation with Jake when he exited the building, in fact I’ve talked to him a lot because he has been in the training room, but Jake has a decision to make and we have a decision to make. It’s a very, very difficult decision and it’s a very complicated negotiation, so we’ll have to see how things go.”

(On how tough it is for a GM letting go of good players because they do not fit a new scheme offensively or defensively) – “Well that’s difficult because, again like I said earlier, you have guys that you drafted that you believe in when you draft them, you signed them, you traded for them, but scheme’s do change. Personalities change. (When) you go from Tony Sparano to Joe Philbin, there is not only a schematic difference, but there is a personality difference. So I am marrying my philosophy to Joe’s philosophy, and those are difficult decisions. But it comes down to a draft philosophy and the draft and certainly a collective philosophy from a free agency standpoint. You wish you could keep them all, and we’ve got some tough decisions to make, but I thank all my guys that are free agents. I had a chance to talk to all of them as they exited the building and tried to be as transparent as I could with them in terms of where their future was. We’ll have to see how things go.”

(On his frustrations over having four consecutive losing seasons) –“Well I am frustrated only by the fact that I am directly responsible for the future of the franchise. We haven’t made the playoffs, so that is frustrating. I’m not satisfied, and so from a frustration standpoint and a not satisfied standpoint, it drives me even further. That’s just my makeup. I’m a pretty highly competitive guy, so that frustration turns to competitive spirit and drive to make this thing what we want to make it. So that’s where that’s at.”

(On how he expresses his emotions and how he deals with everything) – “I usually get on the treadmill at 4:30 (a.m.) and just run the heck out of it. Do I get (mad)? Sure. I get (mad) at a lot of things. I’m a pretty mild mannered guy, but I’ve got my moments, sure.”

(On his satisfaction with where the team is headed)– “I think that I’m very satisfied from that stand point, moving forward and where we are right now. You can’t change the past. You can only move forward. From that stand point, that’s our objective is to pick up where we left off and get better and drive towards winning a division and making this team better from all aspects. We’re looking at several different areas that we need to get better at. We need to coach better. We need to play better. We need scout better. All of those things. Those are all clichés, but we all believe that in this franchise. I think it would start with owner. He wants to be best in class and we want to be where the Patriots have been in the last 10 years and that’s just where we want to be. I’m satisfied right now where we’re at. We’re in a good position from a cap stand point. We’re in a good position from a draft choice stand point. We’ve got a lot of ammunition to go out there and do some things that can change the complexion of this football team moving forward. So I’m excited.”

(On if he expects the coaching staff to return intact) – “I expect our staff to be, for the most part, intact. I think there’s going to be a couple of different changes, but not wholesale changes. It’s one or two and it’s because someone has a greater opportunity and Joe has a great perspective of how he handles those things and he certainly is a developmental type person and when a young guy has an opportunity to develop his career, he’s going to let them do that and so I think you might see some of those things.”

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Hi Dashi!

Hazen,

Absolutely that could be possible. IMO, any team signing Wallace/Bowe/Jenning that isnt currently a playoff team, could be wasting their money. Especially with Jennings, he's entering his 8th season.

Wallace is pretty much a "one trick pony". Yes he can run other routes, but not very well. He's entering his 6th season, in two years his 8th. One trick speed ponies usually begin to lose a step during that 8th season and ar out of the league by year 9.

So as a "one trick speed pony" your window of opportunity to get to and win a sb with Wallace is 3yrs.

Bowe I would gamble on if there werent reports of inconsistency with the hands. I also wonder if he's a little bit of a basket case. It was a weird scenario going on in KC and Im not sure the entire story of it's come out.

Lou too many of those WR's are too small or not good enough. There are 3 or 4 wr's tops in this draft.

Prof Lou,

Fauria 7th rd? Where did you get that from? Walter Camp has him 2-rd rd and the 4th rated TE in the draft.

I always say top 3 TE's becausethe 3rd best rated is Jrodan Reed for the Gators. I rule him out because I dont see Ireland drafting a 240lb TE.

Plus Jordan Reed has 45 rec 559yds 3 tds in 2012. Walter Reed likes him as 3rd best TE because of the inept qb play at UF. Still it could be said Fauria's stats could have been greater with better qb play. Fauria still has 11 tds in 2012 and played for the same team as Keenan Allen.

No way do I believe Fauria is 7th rd material. You'll have to post where you got that insanity from. LOL....

I don't like any of the free agent wideouts. Let's do what the SB teams do and home grow our own through the draft.

Ted,
The only guy on the list who is undersized is Austin. The remainder are more than big enough. I have to admit I think that Allen is overrated but every guy on that list has the potential to upgrade the receiver corps on this team and some have the ability to be a major upgrade to what's here at this time. Patterson is somewhat raw but he can develop into a big time playmaker. Wheaton and Patton are total packages; speed, quickness, hands and can make the tough catch. Williams has the speed, can make the tough catch and uses his body well. He needs some work running routes. King is a guy that most don't know about and, while he didn't have the 1,000 yd seasons everyone's looking for he's had great production in touchdowns over the past 2 years. He's got great hands and runs very good routes. There's alot to choose from.

Prof Lou,

What I like most about Patterson is he's big, strong, and has great enough hands to lean on that until he refines his other wr skills. I wouldnt want him as a #1 wr right away, but thats why I would draft 2 wr(hopefully Hopkins)and together they would form a great 1-2 punch.

YG,
Agreed. Patterson has all the skills, he just needs the refinement. He and Hopkins could make a very good combo and when you include Bess, Hartline and Matthews in the mix they would have the beginnings of a good group. However, I'm not stuck on any particluar combo despite having may favorites but if they went Patterson/Wheaton, Patterson/Patton, Hopkins/Hunter, etc. I would just be tickled pink that Ireland actually made the attempt to get he playmakers this team needs on offense. I like how Hopkins runs like a back after he catches the ball and will initiate contact. He's a tough kid and that's good to have. I'm not a big fan of Keenan Allen and too many mocks have had him going to the fins in the first but now more are starting to mock Patterson in that spot

Patterson is the one to get period. If they are going to finally go for it, go for it and get the best guy. Screw these secondary options.

Give me Patterson, Hopkins, Austin and Barner and I'd be happy.

You can never be sure, less so with these 2nd and 3rd rounder WRs. Maybe 30% will pan out. I don't like the odds. It is too easy to project these players to lofty heights when in fact most will be disappointments. Get the guy you want most. It's about froogin time!

Pete,
Although I like Patterson and what his upside looks like I'm greedy and want 2 receivers in the draft. While Patterson is a very athletic guy and could be very dangerous in the kicking game he's raw and, like Tannehill, will need some time to develop. The think I like about guys like Patton and Wheaton is they are already there and play more like NFL receivers. They finish plays and they fight thru the defender to get to the ball and have the ability to make the tough catch. They've done it time and again and both catch the ball with their hands. Patterson still does too much body catching and doesn't make catches because of that. He still needs some work. So, if they take him, they still need to get a guy who can contribute in his first year.

Rookies are raw. Patterson will do fine in his first year to the same degree Julio Jones and Dez Bryant did. They both needed a full year to get it together. I'd be careful about assuming these others you like will just start out on fire in the NFL, it is highly unlikely and wishful thinking.

Pete,
Some of the guys who are projected as 2nd and even 3rd round picks at this time will move up before the draft; some more than others, but other players will only go before them because of team needs not because of the talent of the player.
There is alot of quality talent at wide receiver coming out this year because of all of the jrs that declare and these guys are all very good prospects:

Justin Hunter
Da'Rick Rogers
Quinton Patton
DeAndre Hopkins
Markus Wheaton
Terrance Williams
and you could probably even include Tavarres King in that group. King runs great routes and catches everything with his hands. The talent pool is deep in the first 3 rds.

Thanks Lou, For The List!

To Early To Tell!! We Need To See How Fast They Really Are!! After Combine and Pro Day!!

But Right Now, If Dashi had To Pick 2 Wr's To Draft in The First Round!

I'm Going With C.Patterson and K.Allen!!

Both 6'3" 205!!

D.Hopkins Sounds Good, Also!

But Him And R.Woods Fall On Guys That Need To Run Real Good(4.4) to Be 1st Rd Pick Wr's!! But They Have The Production and Smarts!! Philbin Likes!!

Allen Needs To Be Fast!! Or Else! Pick one of the Other 2!! Also!! But His Size as A Possesion WR and Red zone Threat!! Is Needed!

C.Patterson Looks Like He Might Be The Athletic Freak Of The Draft!! And At 6'3" 205 and Possibly Runs a 4.4 Flat! Can Play RB or WR!! Who Would Blame Anyone!! The Guy Can Probably Be As Good AS Julio Jones! Just Lacks The Experience!!

Now That I Think About It!

C.Patterson
D.Hopkins
Bess
Hartline
Matthews

No TE's!! OR The Fins Can Still Get One With the 2nd Round Pick!!

But Expect Him To Be More WR than TE!! Like Egnew!!

4-5 WR!! and 3 WR's(Bess, Patterson, Hopkins) And 3 TE's (Egnew, Clay and The Rookie) Can Line Up At RB!! From Time To Time!!

No Huddle Galore!!

Ross, save the Dolphins. SELL THE TEAM!!

Ireland cant build thru the draft. Get real.

And Instead Of S.Bailey!! Dashi will Pick D.Robinson Out Of Michigan!!

RB/WR/QB!!

Have Plays With D.Robinson at QB and T-Hill In The Slot!!

Just AS Trick Plays!! Nothing Else!!

A Option With Both Of Them!! With Guys Running Routes Just In Case!! A Double Option Pass!!

Prof Lou,

Keenan Allen is listed #1 right now because he's the best of the group that does everything well. There are wr's that individually do a certain thing better than Allen.

Its just that Allen's all around recieving skills are top of the heap.

Who cares what Ireland thinks is the goal of the team! he doesn't play on Sunday! it doesn't matter what he THINKS is the goal and that the goal is to win the division. IT ONLY MATTERS ON WHAT THE PLAYERS GOAL IS!!! after all they is the one that's got to go out and accomplish it. all Jeff does is going out and find players for the team. SO WHO CARES WHAT HE THINKS THE GOALS ARE .. his only goal is to find more players.

YG,
The only thing I've seen Allen do well is fall to the ground. I've not seen him be able to get separation and he's not shown that he can get away from defenders after the catch. Now, some say it's because of bad qb play but Markus Wheaton's qb is much worse and he had a much better two years at Oregon State. I'd take Wheaton in a heartbeat over Allen. Allen doesn't have breakaway speed. If you compare the two, Wheaton makes all of the catches Allen can make and he catches everything with his hands. However, I've seen Allen is beginning to drop a little and it's going to be interesting to see how well he shows at the combine.

YG,
The other thing I look at with Allen is what appears to be limited upside whereas you have guys like Patterson who haven't reached their ceiling yet. Allen looks like what you see is what you get and there's not much more there. Rogers looks to have tremendous upside if he leaves the baggage behind. Even a guy like King from Georgia is just scratching the surface with his abilites. Williams is a guy who needs to learn to run routes better and he can be a huge playmaker. However, Allen looks like a possession guy and that's it. You need five yards, he's your man. Need a big play, forget it. Some guys you can throw a quick five yard hit and they can run for some extra yards. With Allen you throw the same pass and you're probably not going to get much more.

Here are the 1st 4 and 1/2 rds ow wr's and I did have to hit a cutoff point:

Keenan Allen*, WR, California
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2013): Top 25.

1/12/13: Allen was held back all year by sub-par quarterback play from his brother Zach Maynard, but the wide out still managed to illustrate that he is a good player. Allen totaled 61 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns. He also averaged 14 yards per punt return, plus scored a touchdown. Allen played a lot better than his stats indicate. He missed the final three games with a knee injury. Allen has good size with speed and quickness.

8/17/12: Allen would be the first receiver selected in most draft classes. At the same time, he could easily make a run at being the top receiver even if Woods is in the same draft class. Allen had a very good debut in 2010. He caught 46 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman.

Allen was even better in 2011, hauling in 98 passes for 1,342 yards and six touchdowns. He is faster than many defensive backs expect and has a second gear to explode downfield. Allen runs the tough routes over the middle and in the shallow part of the field. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands and gets good yardage after the catch.

Allen is a physical receiver and attacks the football in the air. Some teams will probably prefer him over Woods.


Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2013): 1-2.

1/12/13: Williams resoundingly proved he can produce without Robert Griffin III as his quarterback. Williams led the nation in receiving yardage this year with 1,832 yards on 97 receptions with 12 touchdowns.

Williams set Big XII records with 17 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns against West Virginia. He has been making tough catches in the short to intermediate part of the field while also making long catches downfield. Williams' deep speed was very impressive.


However, Williams has enough quickness in and out of his breaks to get separation from defensive backs and get open. He projects as a great red-zone weapon.


Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Height: 5-9. Weight: 176.
Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
Projected Round (2013): 1-2.

1/12/13: Austin totaled 114 receptions for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He also had 72 carries for 643 yards and three touchdowns. Austin was an electric play-maker who was able to consistently produce long scoring plays. He would be a definite first-rounder if he weren't so undersized. There are few receivers who stick in the NFL who are that small, but Austin looks capable of breaking the mold.

DeAndre Hopkins*, WR, Clemson
Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

1/12/13: Hopkins started the 2012 season on fire. He became the No. 1 receiver for Clemson as Sammy Watkins started the year suspended and was slow to return to his freshman form. Hopkins picked up the slack and became the top receiver for Tajh Boyd. He had consistent production all season and torched LSU to end the year with 13 receptions for 191 yards and two scores. Hopkins made huge plays to help lead Clemson to a comeback victory.

Hopkins totaled 1,405 yards on 82 catches and 18 touchdowns in 2012. He burned defenses with his deep speed while showing reliable hands and good route running.

Justin Hunter**, WR, Tennessee
Height: 6-4. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2013): 1-3.

1/12/13: Hunter i gradually regaining his speed and explosiveness following his 2011 knee injury. He totaled 73 receptions for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns this year. Hunter played better in the second half of the season including massive games against Troy and Missouri. He should become more of a deep threat again once he gets further removed from his injury.

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Prior to the injury, Hunter looked like a truly rare receiver who is extremely tall, but has the speed of a burner wide out. He had 16 receptions for 403 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2010.


Cordarrelle Patterson*, WR, Tennessee
Height: 6-3. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2013): 1-3.

1/12/13: Sources told WalterFootball.com before the season that Tennessee had a great third receiver behind Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers. That receiver was Patterson, and after Rogers was kicked off the team, Patterson took his place as the starting X (split end) receiver.

The junior college product showed off his elite speed and explosiveness when he opened the year by beating David Amerson for a 41-yard score on a go route straight down the field. Patterson also took a carry for a 67-yard touchdown later in first quarter. He had six receptions for 93 yards and a score against the Wolfpack.

Da'Rick Rogers*, WR, Tennessee Tech
Height: 6-3. Weight: 208.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2013): 1-3.

1/12/13: If Josh Gordon can be a second-round pick after sitting out football in 2011, there is no reason for Rogers not to be at least a second-day pick if he enters the 2013 NFL Draft. Rogers was kicked off of Tennessee's football team just before the start of the season for failed drug tests, and ended up transfering to Tennessee Tech.

Rogers totaled 61 receptions for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Golden Eagles. He has a lot to prove off the field, but has first-round talent.

Quick and physical, Rogers plays with an edge and some fire. He is a tough receiver that regularly makes highlight reel catches.


Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 209.
Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
Projected Round (2013): 2-3.

1/12/13: Hamilton totaled 90 receptions for 1,335 yards and five touchdowns this season. He had a massive day of 10 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns with Rutgers. Hamilton followed that up with big games against Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Tulsa. He has a nice mix of size and speed.

Robert Woods*, WR, USC
Height: 6-1. Weight: 180.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2013): 2-3.

1/12/13: Woods was less than 100 percent in 2012; his ankle injury robbed him of explosion and top speed. He was not a big-play threat as a result and wasn't getting as much separation from defensive backs.

Woods looks NFL-ready with speed to burn. Woods easily gets separation from defensive backs as they struggle to turn and run with him. Furthermore, he is very quick in and out of his breaks, with well-developed route running. Woods also has reliable hands and is a scoring threat on any play. He is fabulous as a run-after-the-catch receiver.


Stedman Bailey*, WR, West Virginia
Height: 5-10. Weight: 193.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2013): 2-3.

1/12/13: Bailey was a dominant force in this season. He was one of the most productive receivers in the nation and torched defenses with speed. Bailey made 114 receptions for 1,622 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2012. He had 13 catches for 303 yards and five touchdowns against Baylor.

Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Height: 6-1. Weight: 206.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2012): 2-4.

1/12/13: Swope had a disappointing start to the season with little production in the first three games. He bounced back with a big day against Arkansas and played well versus LSU.

Swope had massive games against Auburn (6-140), Mississippi State (9-121) and Alabama (11-111). The Crimson Tide defense really struggled to defend him downfield. He finished his career with a good outing against Oklahoma (8-104). The senior totaled 72 receptions for 913 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012.

Swope is very much in the Wes Welker mold and could be a dangerous slot receiver in the NFL.


Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 182.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2013): 2-4.

1/12/13: Wheaton had an excellent senior season with 91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns. He displayed a nice combination of reliable hands and play-making ability. As a junior in 2011, Wheaton had 73 receptions for 986 yards and a touchdown.

Wheaton will participate in the Senior Bowl, which will be a good opportunity for him to improve his draft stock further.


Kenny Stills*, WR, Oklahoma
Height: 6-1. Weight: 189.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2013): 3-4.

1/12/13: Stills had a strong season for Landry Jones. He totaled 82 receptions for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012. Stills was consistently good, but never spectacular.


Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-4. Weight: 232.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2013): 3-4.

1/12/13: Davis is a big wide out who has some speed and explosiveness. He was the Hokies No. 1 receiver in 2012 and would have even more production if quarterback Logan Thomas wasn't struggling with his accuracy all season. Davis had 51 receptions for 953 yards and five touchdowns.


Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
Projected Round (2013): 3-4.

1/12/13: Patton played really well this season with 104 receptions for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns.



Emory Blake, WR, Auburn
Height: 6-2. Weight: 193.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2013): 4-5.

1/12/13: Blake is a good receiver who would have produced a lot more if Auburn had consistent quarterback play. He started the year strong with four receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown against Clemson. Blake totaled 50 receptions for 789 yards and three touchdowns.

8/17/12: Blake would be higher in the rankings if he played in a passing-based offense. Blake caught 32 passes for 526 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010, when the Tigers had Cam Newton.

Conner Vernon, WR, Duke
Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2013): 4-5.

1/12/12: Vernon was very good for Duke this season, but was shut down by Florida State and defensive backs with NFL potential. He made 85 receptions for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns this year.

YG, Are you kidding me with your 12:06 post?
Hw long did tht take to write?
It took me 10 minutes to read.
My Advice sir, ESCORT Service(you have WAAAAAAY to much time on yor hands)... LOL :).

This is no Country for professionals(except for Lawyers).

Terrance sounds dumb as all hell.

You know what? I got the distinct feeling that Ireland is not going to resign Reggie Bush. Have to look for a good scatback in the Draft.

If the Black Mamba was a junior..,but oh well.

Dolphins slam Norman Braman?? Really?

Kris@8:18PM, if you'll read the article again, I think you'll find that Ireland said no such thing. The "gap" he referred to was between #1 & #2 in the division; on the question of firepower, he said the team needed "guys that are scoring touchdowns." Big revelation, that. Ireland's not going to give away his strategy. You can get clues by reading between the lines- but not by combining them. ;)

One thing Ireland DID reveal, though, is how beneficial it is to have Joe Philbin with him. It shows, too. When asked about traits for a wide receiver in a WC offense, he said #1 priority was to "catch it." I'm assuming he meant "the ball" and that WOULD BE a big step up from the receivers he had on the team at the start of preseason in 2012. Thanks, Coach Philbin.

Of course, I'm kidding with the comment above (maybe). I had stated before that I thought Philbin and Ireland had only minimal time together last year before player acquisitions started and I was looking forward to seeing the quality of player and positions selected in 2013- the first full year of their joint planning. I was glad to see the upbeat remarks about the same from Ireland.

And just for you, Kris, I'll point out that Ireland (again) has reiterated his and Philbin's stance of building through the draft. My guess is that when FA starts, the 2 of them are standing under the NFL roster trees with a bushel basket, catching acorns. Then they'll catch WRs in the draft and let them grow older with Tannehill.

The TE position is up in the air, though. Ireland likes Egnew and Mike Sherman also began to cite him toward the end of the season- in public, no less! I like Fasano to be back because he can be had at a reasonable price. Probably Egnew and a decent acorn or 2 (or late draft) will round out that group.

Egnew = Another Irescum bust

Norman Braman was right about the Marlins and he's right about the Dolphins.

Ireland didn't say anything too revealing. Really it's about the same I'd expect from any GM. He has to know this is his make or break season and he does have the team positioned to do well.

Ross cant even produce one .500 season in the last 4 years and is still asking for handouts? WTF?

Ross needs to prove he can build a winning team BEFORE he asks for handouts or gets support. So far he hasnt proven anything except mismanagement and incompetence throughout the franchise. 4 consecutive losing years (and counting) is his result.

Ireland is saying the right things and seems to have the right mindset - now go out and execute.

Really the only thing that irked me about those comments were the whole "prototypical" talk. Doesn't this guy LEARN (unless he was throwing teams off the scent)? I mean, c'mon. Your desire for "prototypical" size made you look past Russell Wilson (best rookie QB this Season). Would have made you look past Zach Thomas (best defensive player in the last 20+ years if not ever in Miami). Message to Jeff Ireland, playmakers come in all shapes and sizes. FORGET "prototypical".

I do agree with billcale that Philbin being in the room is a HUGE benefit. Really so the GM/HC can blend their knowledge into a well-oiled machine. We really haven't had that in 2 years (if not more). Last year because Philbin was just signed, had lots to do. Year before because of the relationship degrading between Sparano and Ireland. So this time together SHOULD pay off. I said "should" not "will." That remains to be seen.

miami will not take a wr first rd. they will have signed at least one big name wr in free agency

Oh, also didn't really like the Egnew/Mastrud talk. Please Jeff. No, don't throw guys under the bus, but why even bring them up? Just say, yes, we need more production from our TEs. PERIOD! Fasano did some good things, caught some TDs. Other than that, I'm skeptical. Clay's developing too slowly (seems to be the problem here). Mastrud/Egnew/Kyle Miller, not even a blip on the team's radar. UPGRADE!

True.

DC, yeah, I cringed a bit when I read that prototypical comment too. I think that's all scarring from the Pat White affair and the whipping Parcells put on the whole staff even though it was his call to really make the wildcat the focal point of the offense instead of just some schematic bridge to overcome lack of talent.

As far as the TEs, yeah that's Ireland's way. he will never throw a player under the bus and that's commendable. By taking a 3rd round TE I think he knows he needs upgrades. But what happens with 3rd round picks most times, he missed. The draft is really two rounds long as far as probabilities go. everything after that is a raffle.

How "prototypical" is Egnew?

I agree Dusty, this team will not double down in marquee free agent signings and the first round pick. the first round pick will probably be the best available player and tie breaker going to position of need that hasn't been addressed in free agency.

Probabilties say it will be a pass rusher is hartline and another WR are signed since pass rushers are a lot less plentiful in free agency and it's a premier position.

me for one is guessing they will trade down also and pick up even more picks. i look for them to pick in middle 20's

Dusty, I hope not. They need playmakers ... elite talents ...

How "prototypical" is Egnew?

Posted by: Grier | January 23, 2013 at 09:12 AM

Well, he's prototypically dumb, so there's that.

Mark, you don't agree, but I can give you the best 4th-5th rounder you can EVER ASK FOR. Tyrann Mathieu. The guy was 1st (2nd at the very least) round material had everything worked out. He's a steal in the 4th. Almost a crime in the 5th, and if he lasts until the 6th, then some team will win the lottery.

You asked for turnovers Mark. Remember the line from Die Hard:

"You wanted a miracle Theo. I give you the F.B.I."

You asked for turnovers Mark. I give you T.Y.R.A.N.N. M.A.T.H.I.E.U.

And don't say you didn't like Die Hard Mark or else that might be the end of our friendship. It's hard enough for me to stomach you didn't like Hall Pass. That's probably one of the 5 funniest movies in the last 5 years. You know how many classic scenes there are in that movie? I don't know, maybe you're a "Les Miserables" type of guy. Nothing wrong with that. Can't account for taste these days (hell, a silent film won Best Picture in 2012). But Hall Pass was a hysterical, I was mildly offended when you trashed my movie.

DC, you know my philsophy, anything after the 2nd is a crapshoot and yes, I die for turnovers. If they select him in the 3rd, I will be happy. Same goes for the whacko ghey nerd T'eo.

AGREE MARK BUT ARENT MANY IN THIS DRAFT EITHER WAY

Lou,

Always good to see your comments on here. They are too infrequent for my likings. Always nice to see someone who spends a bit of time studying the game and has well thought out points.

Now the caveat....I think you are DREAMING if you think Ireland is taking WRs with the first two picks of the draft. Patterson I believe in (like you) and I'm not sold on Kennan Allen either. However, I believe he will try to add Wallace or Jennings in FA to go with the draft pick. You need a vet to go with untested rookies. They take time to develop. We can't afford to have TWO rookies developing next year. On top of all that we have money to spend. And WR is not the ONLY hole on this team, despite what others say. We have large needs on offence but if Ireland ignores defence in this draft too, he's making a HUGE mistake. We have decisions to make on some of these guys in the next year or two and it's time to replenish there too.

I did like Die Hard ... it's not Commando ... but it will do ... "Sully, remember when I said I'd kill you last? ... I lied!"

Hall Pass did suck. If you want something in that vein. The holy trinity of 2004 is where you should look. Euro Trip, Road Trip, and Old School all in the same year.... wow, great year!

Scotty didn't know ....

Anyone seen 'Zero Dark Thirty' yet? Going to see it tonight. Heard nothing but good things.....and no DC, I don't expect it ot be like 'Les Mis'.

Dusty ... the pass rushers ... that's why you wouldn't trade down ... otherwise I would be inclined to agree with the trade down. If you want a WR first though ... be leery of the Rams.

Anyone else find it fishy that a movie like Zero Dark Thirty was "allowed" to be mass produced like this??? maybe it's just me ... I've always leaned to conspiracy theories as it pertains to Osama .,... with all due respect to the people that serve in the armed forces anyway.

Craig, Zero Dark Thirty was AMAZING!!! Awesome, awesome movie. People said it was slow until the last 40 mins, those people are morons. It was intense throughout, a political thriller. As I was raised a stone's throw from the CIA in Langley and had many friends whose parents worked for the gov't (including CIA) it was great to see (even if it's fictional) what their lives might have been like. And to the sissies on here crying about Civil Liberties, sometimes you HAVE to torture. Deal with it.

But to show I've also got a romantic bone in my body, check out Silver Linings Playbook with your chick. A) You'll get some after, B) it's actually a very good movie too. You'll like it, not a chick flick. Great story. Funny.

I don't like any of the free agent wideouts. Let's do what the SB teams do and home grow our own through the draft.

Posted by: Hazen | January 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM

That idea would be swell cept for the fact that your GM, in 5 years, has brought in ZERO game changing WR's.

You all of a sudden expect him to be able to bring & develop some? LOLOL

BTW, if you are inept in drafting your own WR's to help you win superbowls, you can make up for that by signing WR's who have won Superbowls for other teams.

Which there happen to be 2 very good ones available in FA this offseason. It's sad to have to sign guys other teams were able to identify & develop the talent.

But, sadly, that is the state of this franchise with Ireland at the helm.

Irescum cant even pick his nose.

Mark, I saw Road Trip/Old School, those were great. Never saw Euro Trip (not sure I need to). Agree Old School was better than Hall Pass, but I'd have to disagree on Road Trip. Good movie, funny scenes, but to me not as memorable as Hall Pass.

On the movie/conspiracy theory, are you saying that wasn't him? Either way, al-Qaeda still goes on. The other day it was Algeria. Tomorrow it could be Canada. Fundamentalist terrorists are really a threat to all Nations. ALL FUNDAMENTALISTS of ANY religion are a threat to humanity!

Can we all agree that Ireland is laying the groundwork for success by 3014?

Yea, DC. And Obama is now giving Morsi from egypt, 4 F16 at our tax payer expense. The same Morsi who calls for Israel to disappear. The same Morsi who calls Israeli's Vampires.

Wonderful isn't it? People in this country get free cell phones, food stamps, unlimited welfare with no work requirements. All designed to keep them poor, dependant, and on the take to perserve their votes.

Instead of helping people become successful, they keep them poor. Just look at the once proud city of Detroit. Once flourishing, now a quagmire riddled with unemployment, crime & corruption. Take a guess who has run Detroit for the last 60 years? Dumbocrats like you & Odumba.

All those free hand out programs that hard working, not afraid of working tax payers foot the bill. And now we pay for F16's to go to a terrorist nation that wants to eradicate another nation from existence.

The sooner wack job libs like you & your beloved radical extremisty in the White House are gone, the sooner this country will flourish again.

Religious fundamentalist? Look no further than the white House.

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