On Tuesday, Miami Dolphins General Manager, Jeff Ireland, appeared on the Dolphins own radio show, The Finsiders. Ireland spoke about a lot of things on Tuesday, but primarily focused on the Dolphins draft. Ireland spoke about the value the Dolphins got with their selections. He went as far as to say “If our draft board was right, we killed it.” He actually repeated that to emphasize his point. Like him or not (I still don’t), Ireland believes in this Dolphins draft class.
Ireland started by talking about how strong of a conviction the Dolphins organization has for Ryan Tannehill. He admitted that the Dolphins had the most intimate knowledge of Tannehill (because of the Sherman connection). Ireland wouldn’t give a timetable on when Tannehill will start. He emphasized that Garrard and Moore are both determined to be the starting QB of the Dolphins and the timetable for Tannehill will be determined by Joe Philbin and the coaching staff. Tannehill may be inexperienced compared to Garrard/Moore, but he does have the advantage of knowing the system that Mike Sherman will be putting in place. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Ireland seems extremely happy about his draft. As he said, if their board was right, they killed it. After all, the Dolphins selected a number of players in rounds that were later than their projected draft slots. Jonathan Martin was projected to be a 1st round pick…the Dolphins got him in the 2nd round. Lamar Miller was expected to be a late 1st, early 2nd round pick….the Dolphins got him in the 4th round. Even BJ Cunningham was projected to go in the 4th round…..the Dolphins got him in the 6th. That is value, but there is a reason the players dropped in the draft. We may never know what those reasons were…and if these players perform, it won’t matter!
Keep this in mind though, the Dolphins draft included, according to many draftniks: the 3rd best QB in the draft (Tannehill), the 3rd best offensive tackle (Martin), the 3rd/4th best running back (Miller), and the 4th best tight end (Egnew). On paper, it appears the Dolphins improved their team for 2012 and beyond. Again, we’ll just have to wait and see how these guys perform once practices and games start. Ultimately, the success of this draft will depend on the development of Ryan Tannehill. If he succeeds and becomes an elite QB, Jeff Ireland may be forgiven all previous issues….winning tends to do that for GMs/Coaches.
On Tuesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald posted the below video on his blog . It’s an interesting video of Ryan Tannehill’s draft day experience. The one thing that stuck out to me is the fact that Stephen Ross didn’t know Tannehill’s number in college….REALLY? Ross didn’t even watch a YouTube clip of the guy the Dolphins placed their hopes and dreams in last Thursday? Isn’t this the same Stephen Ross that some media personalities said was demanding the Dolphins draft? It doesn’t make sense. Anyway, enjoy the video!