Jeff Ireland opened his post 2011 NFL Draft first round presser with a tip of the hat. “Awwright Miami” he said as he sent his wishes to the Jim Mandich family. A fan memorial service is scheduled for May 4th.
After that, Ireland got down to business and said that he likes the pick he made. Wasn’t flashy, but he knows what he is getting. He acknowledged that 15th overall pick Mike Pouncey is penciled in as the starting center…for now. Not guard like many thought. That of course will change when/if training camp starts and HC Tony Sparano starts tinkering with the line. Something he says he won’t do.
The biggest news of the day wasn’t the drafting of Pouncey or the skipping of any one of the three remaining QB’s, Ryan Mallett, Andy Dalton, and Colin Koepernick. Instead, it was the fact that the Dolphins didn’t trade down from the 15 slot and gain back a second round pick.
According to Ireland, the reason was simple. “The phones weren’t ringing”.
If what Ireland says is true and the Dolphins did use up all of their alloted time, it would make sense that they didn’t panic and grab someone that may not fit or may have been a reach. Pouncey is a quality center who should anchor the offensive line for years to come.
Some wondered why the Dolphins wouldn’t pick up the phone themselves and start calling but Ireland said that was something he doesn’t do. “You lose leverage when you do that”. It makes sense. Who’s going to give you what you want when your the one peddling the pick?
Either way, the Dolphins may have played it safe, but it could also be said they played it smart as well.