Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland on many key topics
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High motor. Good inside pass-rusher. High character. Very powerful. Productive. Explosive. Versatile.
That's how Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland describes first-round pick Jared Odrick.
Versatility is apparently very important because Odrick projects as either an inside player or an outside player. Amazingly, the Dolphins didn't want to say which one Thursday.
"He's going to play inside or outside," Ireland said
"That looks like a player physically. He looks like one and he's got a good chance because there are a lot of guys that play that position that should look like him."
We felt like if we moved from 12 we'd still have some pretty good players," he said. "If you look at our board, there wasn't a whole lot of difference from the players we were considering at 12 and the ones we would consider at 28. There wasn't a huge jump in caliber of players. That's one of the reasons we dropped down as far as we dropped down."
Well, you know Starks isn't going anywhere because he had a great season in 2009, so he's staying at defensive end. Langford doesn't seem like a guy that's capable of moving anywhere. McDaniel has played defensive tackle and nose tackle before so that's a possibility.
Merling, the under-performer of the group given his talent, seems headed for a possible move.
We felt Brandon was that dynamic piece. He gives us a shot in the arm in terms of offensive output."
The Marshall trade made Ted Ginn expendable and he was traded to San Francisco for a fifth-round pick. "We didn't feel Ted would get a fair shake if Brandon was taking all his reps," Ireland said.
The Dolphins are eager to trade Justin Smiley but Ireland said, "there's always a possibility," the player could be brought back. Sorry, I don't buy it. He's getting traded, folks -- possibly before the weekend is out.
Brown is a restricted free agent, but has not yet signed the Dolphins tender. So he cannot be traded.
"A player we liked very much in the restricted free agent process ... We felt like that was a need for us," Ireland said. "We can help the back end of our roster at the inside linebacker position. He's a core special teams player. He's had some starts at both the Mike and the Moe. He's coming from a familiar scheme
I wish Jason the best," Ireland said