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Jeff Ireland talks draft today

Jeff Ireland, calm, tanned and comfortable, talked about the draft with the media today. I was impressed with how at ease the Dolphins general manager was compared to how he's been at past pre-draft pressers.

Man's growing.

And everything he said was not spin or vague or purposefully unclear.

Some nuggets:

At this time last year, Ireland knew he was picking quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Today, two weeks before the April 25-27 draft, he said he doesn't know who he's picking but has "pretty good idea" about a number of players he really likes. He said he's got three or four candidates.

Ireland and coach Joe Philbin still have several positions to discuss before they nail down whom they really want.

Offensive line will be addressed in this draft. Ireland said he's comfortable with Nate Garner. He said he thinks Jonathan Martin can play either left or right tackle and that coaches will make that call. But ...

"We're going to try to upgrade the offensive line as a whole," he said.

I asked him (inartfully, I might add as I stumbled and bumbled) about spending more high resources on offensive line. The Dolphins have spent a lot of resources on offensive over the years --including first-round picks on Mike Pouncey and Jake Long, a second on Martin, a third on John Jerry. You get the deal.

Ireland said he's not worried about doing it some more.

"If I get another Pouncey and a Jake Longs I'd do it again," Ireland said. "I wish I had a whole team of Mike Pouncey and Jake Longs."

Ireland said he has not begun to talk to other teams about trade-up or trade-down scenarios so the rumors that pretend to know this stuff is going on ... take it with a grain of salt.

Having said that, Ireland said he has the "ammunition" to get up to the first overall pick if he wannted to.

Ireland is very optimistic about cornerback Brent Grimes. The unrestricted free agent addition is "almost to the point in his mind" that he can participate in the offseason conditioning program.

Perhaps that's the reason Ireland says he doesn't have to pick a cornerback high. (But he might).

Ireland confirmed that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, who visited the Dolphins Wednesday and today, is on the radar.

"I think Manti is a good football player that is going to be drafted," he said. "I wanted to spend some time with him."

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go finsssssss

SO we learn among other things that Ireland at least likes to experiment with young buff dudes ...

"I wanted to spend some time with him."

Whatever floats your boat man ....

Jeff Ireland stinks at drafting.

I can see the Dolphins being 1-7 at midseason and finishing at 4-12 with a tougher schedule and all new players. Can you say expansion team?

fins def much tougher schedule, 8-8 prob more a reality

As I said, Offensive line.
Brady always has a great line to work behind, why should our QB not get the same treatment? Confidence is very important in the development of a quarterback and it is hard to get lying on your back.
Our problem in the past is that we never had the coaching to develop players. Once you get a good line, you can pick projects and bring them along.
We do not have that luxury now.

Jeffrey better trade down and draft the best playmakers both sides of the football on draft weekend no excuses Jeffrey playmakers both sides of the football !!

AtlFin, worthless Troll who enjoys playing with himself.

ol ol ol

Las Vegas will take all bets against the Dolphins finishing under .500.
Quit whining and place your bets.

Not one even remotlry good comment so far. You people are getting worse and worse.

I thought mine was insightful ....

BPA regardless of position...

Ignore the man behind the curtain. I'm surprised that Ross isn't polling the fans again to see who to draft while he gouges the tax payers for a stadium upgrade. Let's get excited about overpaid free agents and over hyped draft picks so the stadium upgrade doesn't feel so bad. WAKE UP DOLFANS!!!

Pancakes are a special treat. It gives me Christian Pleasure to eat them while watching Golden Girls reruns in the nude.

Billionaires get political favours ... who do you think gets "your" elected officials there to begin with?? Campaigns cost big money, who do you think funds them in exchange for future financial gains??

Wake up dummies ....

dont ruin golden girls for us

Ireland said he has the "ammunition" to get up to the first overall pick if he wanted to.

YEAH PREACH PLAYA!!!!!!!!

FLEX THOSE MUSCLES!!!!!!

sporty foot......YOURE AN IDIOT

..Before the NC game, and the mess about his internet girlfriend. I considered Te'o the best player in the draft..What do I know. A lot of folks did. Remember the Mel Kiper piece where he had Te'o in the top 3?

I don't think that Te'o will be our pick at 12. But lets say it is. Elerbee could play wolb where he was IMO better suited. Wheeler could play Solb. And Misi could be relegated to backup, or moved to his natural position at DE.

Now these are unlikely scenarios. But not completely outrageous to suggest. I keep going back to the Irelands horizontal draft strategy. I'm not sure this scenario fits into this strategy.

My point is that a few months ago if you would have asked most if they would be ok with Te'o at 12 probably 90 percent would have. Has he fallen so far? Again. I'm not saying that he is or should be choosen at 12. From what we have learned he isn't deserving of this high of a pick. Or is he?

I would like to see us take a chance on Lattimore in the 3rd. I think this guy is gonna do alot of good for the team that gives him the shot.

I like M. Te'o he is gonna be a great player. Id love him if we could trade down to 17 or so and pick up an xtra 3rd. That we could of course use on Lattimore.

Ha Ha Ha.
New England kept thier O-Line, resigned Talib CB, and signed Emanual Sanders for $2.5mil so now they can draft best available player.

The Dolphins gave $12mil to Wallace, were not able to sign Long, Smith or Bush and now have to try and replace them in the draft which means at least 3 rookies will be starting.

Keep Up The Good Work Jeffie!!!

Paul, go back in the cellar troll boy and try coming up with something new. Your entire act is stale, just like you.

thankfully we didnt resign long,smnitm,bush that would of been a disaster. bring back everyone from a bad team, no thanks

LAttimore would be a GREAT addition to this team!

dusty = winner

truth = jackass

Change is good.
Who would want to keep the same woman year after year?

I hope the team COMMITS to a couple areas in the draft. I hope they COMMIT to building a Zone Blocking O-Line.I hope they COMMIT to building a Zone Scheme for their corners.
The team has 5 picks in the first 3 rounds to do this easily.
Pick 1 Jon Cooper OG
Pick 2 Jordan Poyer CB
Pick 3 Brennan Williams OT
Pick 4 Rob Alford CB
Pick 5 Dallas Thomas OG


Now we have a team that gives our coaches players that can work the schemes the Coaches want to employ

What's the saying? Expecting different results from trying the same thing over & over is a mark of insanity?

I would've liked to keep Bush - not convinced he was used in the slot enough last year - but not at the money Detroit paid him. I watched him dancing around behind the line too many times. Pick a point, run for it, see what happens. Don't wait for the DL to figure out where you are and converge.

dusty,
They are bringing back 47 of 53 players so it's not like everyone walked - only the pro bowlers.

Again, great job of offseason fa addition positioning and predraft smoke screening by Ireland. Move up, down, or stand pat? All 3 are legit possibilities bcause of Ireland's great fa work of "solidifying" this roster.

He can go wherever he wants and any 1st rd pick he makes will take that team position to the next level. Im very optimistic, 2013 has GREAT promise to be one dolfans can remember in a positive light.

I can truly envision light at the end of what has proven to be a long and dark 15yr tunnel. No more talking draft dolfan draft plans in the middle of December. Can you imagine a December of actually witnessing this team closing the deal on a playoff berth?

IN_FVCKING_CREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This season will be the finest in the Fin's illustrious history!!

I hope the team COMMITS to a couple areas in the draft. I hope they COMMIT to building a Zone Blocking O-Line.I hope they COMMIT to building a Zone Scheme for their corners.
The team has 5 picks in the first 3 rounds to do this easily.
Pick 1 Jon Cooper OG
Pick 2 Jordan Poyer CB
Pick 3 Brennan Williams OT
Pick 4 Rob Alford CB
Pick 5 Dallas Thomas OG


Now we have a team that gives our coaches players that can work the schemes the Coaches want to employ

Posted by: Jeremy in the Canadian Cowtown | April 11, 2013 at 02:21 PM

That's a pretty good mock and I definitely wouldn't mind if it played out that way.

i agree......nice mock.....id still like a power rb in the 3rd round

Woodshed Gang,

Ive noticed Jonathan Cooper is always at the top of your mock. Is it because you like him better than Warmack, and if so, why?

Posted by: sportyfoot | April 11, 2013 at 01:46 PM

how about you actually do some research and know what youre talking about before posting.. guaging tax payers in the state? Negative.. raising hotel taxes on tourists that come there to watch the games, the city, and visit, why not? They dont live there.. and they have guarenteed money whether they bring in x amount of supoer bowls, etc.. get a clue and then come back and post..

Keep drinking the Kool-Aid Jet hater. PS Latimore will be gone by the second and you're a douche

warmack isnt a zone blocker...he is a power blocker.

dusty,
They are bringing back 47 of 53 players so it's not like everyone walked - only the pro bowlers.

Posted by: TruthSpokenHere | April 11, 2013 at 02:22 PM

Smith isn't close to a pro bowler level talent. Bush has the talent haven't seen him in one. Long is the only real lost for this.

Is this the chat room?

Pro Bowlers get older and slower every year, especially if they get injured.
I want a power back too, but I think you have a better chance at them later in the draft. I sure hate to miss Lacey though.

Hotel tourist tax isn't the Miami way, its the American way. Every city in America raises capital this way. This has and never will prevent American tourists from traveling, beit a Dolphins game, or Siberian Monks convention.

After all, its just the American way, just make sure that you bring the correct credit card when you arrive.

and its douche with an e dumbass

you have nothing intelligent to ad to this blog there sportyfoot. go to ganggreen.com...they will enjoy more of their own kind

Has anybody tried that new place called, "Hose and Helmet"?
If so how was it?

everybody....

i love lacey (roll tide roll), but he will be gone in the late first. Id love to see him on our squad. But i think he goes to gb

Take NOTHING that is said at this time to heart. It's all smoke an mirrors.

Based on the way Lamar Miller moved up the depth chart last season I see no problem replacing Bush's production.

By the end of the season Miller was up to 2 or 3 carries per game.

lol

Fishypete,
So when Ireland says he is certain that Garner can replace Long he's just blowing smoke?
Thank goodness!
I thought he was serious.

"I wish I had a whole team of Mike Pouncey and Jake Longs."

Here we go again. No Playmakers, just bringing in Fat Boys!

Unfortunately the Jake Longs and Mike Pounceys wish they played elsewhere.

All the desperate Dolfans have to applaud is cap space? LMAO!

1st-tyler eifert te (playmaker)
2nd-eric reid safty (playmaker)
2nd-terron armstead ot (zone blocker)
3rd-larry warford og (pulling gaurd)
3rd-robert alford cb (playmaker)
4th-Devin taylor de (playermaker)
5th-7th rb,ot,og,cb,cb

JHtr,
How you feel bout T. Kelce & K. Long

We're not going to win many games but we do have cap space!!

I will be in Miami at the end of this month ... got to get there before the additional hotel tax kicks in ...

Ireland did a great job cutting all his busts. Now he can acquire new busts while Steve Ross is in a coma.

Jet Hater, learn to read, douche. Why don't you share you wonderful suggestions with the rest of the morons on the Bleacher Report. No one cares, including you mother, who you think the Fins should draft.

Mark,
Nice Rack!

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