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Ireland: I Liked Today So I'm Going To Like Tomorrow Too

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Jeff Ireland wraps up the second day of the NFL Draft.



(Opening remarks) – “Good evening. So we obviously gave up the 42nd pick yesterday when we met for Dion (Jordan). So at (selection) 54 we took Jamar Taylor, a cornerback from Boise State. Great kid. Prototypical size and speed. Very smart. Very physical. Can play inside and outside. So we’re very happy to have him. We took Dallas Thomas at (selection) 77 from Tennessee. He’s played guard, he’s played tackle. He’s very versatile. I’ll let Coach (Joe Philbin) address where he plans on playing him. But, you know, big, big physical kid. I’m looking forward to having him on the team. We traded the 82nd pick and then back into the third round with Green Bay and selected Will Davis, another cornerback out of Utah State. Another prototypical left cornerback that can play inside and outside. Very skilled athlete. Doesn’t have a lot of experience. He’s kind of been through the junior college route. Really came on the scene this year. Played at the Senior Bowl. Had a great look at him there and looking forward to him to developing fast. So at that point I will open to any questions. Then, obviously the trade that tonight (sent), Davone Bess to Cleveland. As I told you last night, it was kind of a dead issue as I left the building yesterday. It heated back up again today and we went ahead and did the trade.”

(On the rationale behind trading out of the third round and then later trading back into it) – “Well, we had a couple of players there and when you have a couple of players you feel like there’s value there that you know you’re going to get one so we traded back (and) picked up (an) additional fourth. (We) saw some corners go off, you know there, and I felt like we need to go back in there and get him. So that’s what happened. Lost a couple of players on board at that point and felt like we needed to go back in and get him.”

(On what stood out about Jamar Taylor) – “Well, like I said, he’s a great kid. You know what you love about him is he’s very smart. He’s very physical. He’s got very good ball skills. He plays with a great awareness, instinct and so just a combination of all the things he can bring the intelligence, the character, the speed, the physicality, the ball skills. Those are all things that obviously we covet in a cornerback position. And I felt like he had those things. Specifically after combine, I mean we put everybody on the board and so I don’t think there was anything out of the ordinary.”

(On if Dallas Thomas will play guard or tackle) – “I’m going to let coach address where he’s going to play him, but I think he can play either way.”

(On needing to create more takeaways and how Taylor and Will Davis will help with that) - “I think both Will and Jamar have very good ball skills. Taylor is very physical. He can get it out. He can go up and get it or he can knock it out with forced fumbles and PBU’s (pass breakups) and Will, he’s kind of a very, very good at getting the ball out from a PBU standpoint. Both those guys have very good ball skills in my opinion. I think they’re both going to be play makers.”

(On why he traded Davone Bess) – “Why trade Davone Bess? Well obviously we did some things in the offseason that made us feel a lot better about the position. I’ll let coach (Head Coach Joe Philbin) address some of the things as well, but we feel very good about the group we have with Mike (Wallace) and Brandon (Gibson) and Brian (Hartline) and Rishard (Matthews), so it felt like we had a little bit of value there that we could move on from. I wish Davone the best actually.”

(On whether the Brandon Albert trade is still on the table) – “You know, never say never. I mean I don’t want to lead you guys on to anything, but I don’t think that’s going to really amount to much. I’ll give you my personal opinion. Like I said there is really nothing more to it today than there was yesterday.”

(On whether Will Davis is more of a project and if he can play some safety) – “I don’t believe (so). I see Will as more of a corner. I think he can play inside and outside, but his corner skill set is probably not that of a safety. I think he is more of a corner. And is he more of a project? I think guys develop in different stages in their career. Obviously with his experience level you would think that he may be a little bit of a developmental player, but I think the guy has the skill set to play in this league. I think that with the great coaching that we have and the players around him, he will develop fast.”

(On whether he feels that he has his five starters on the offensive line with Dallas Thomas now in the fold) – “Well that’s yet to be determined. He's going to be one of the guys that is competing for a spot. I feel very good about where Dallas is going to play, but coach is going to say, ‘hey it’s a competitive position,’ obviously, and we may not be done yet. We’ll see.”

(On what he saw in Dallas Thomas that made him think he can help this offensive line) – “We spent a lot of time watching him play in 2011 and 2012. I personally made a school call there, and I love the versatility. In certain games he can play guard, he can play tackle. Obviously the versatility. When you see a big guy that can pull and move his feet and play guard and tackle on the left side, that’s pretty unique. So obviously the versatility was one component.”

(On whether he thought he was going to revamp the defensive backfield going into tonight) – “Not necessarily. You don’t really know how the board is going to fall. Obviously I thought this was a pretty good corner draft and that’s basically how the board fell. You had some good corners on the board and they’re core positions; the corner position, the tackle position, the guard position and obviously defensive end. Again I think they are prototypical players, size players, they’re very good character guys, and they are core position players.”

(On his comments earlier about there being a position that he really liked, and whether he addressed that position today or has yet to do so) – “Well today is over, and I liked today, so I’m going to like tomorrow too. But, it was a certain area of the draft that I certainly liked today for sure. It was more or less the second round, but a lot of players were picked off our board just about where we had them. It was a good day. I feel really good about it.”

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