The Dolphins added nine new players via the 2013 draft, adding to an aggressive free agent period by adding players the team's executives and scouts believe are "good football players."
But General Manager
Ireland claims the free agent period isn't done, and says the Dolphins will be aggressive adding pieces to
Here's Ireland's entire discussion with the media following the 2013 draft.
“(We) finished up a successful day. I feel really good about it obviously. We drafted Jelani Jenkins in the fourth round from
How much does playing against
"Well, you're watching them play against players that you know are going to be drafted or players that will be drafted in the future. So obviously the level of competition that a player is playing against is something that we put a high regard on when we're evaluating players. Obviously, the SEC and any Division I program for that matter, we put a lot of stock into that."
Did you plan to draft as many defensive players as you did?
"It never really is the plan going in to be honest with you. We try to stick to our board and, when the board comes down to you and you're kind of looking at the players on the board, sometimes they're kind of sticking out to you that those are the players that we want to draft. It just so happened to kind of fall that way. Our plan going into every draft is draft good football players and that's what we did."
Was there one selection that he was surprised was still available when he selected him?
"It's funny because, I think Joe (Philbin) and I talked about it, the board kind of fell kind of the way we thought it was going to fall. No one was really sitting up there two or three rounds differently. We kind of drafted the players where we thought they were going to be drafted. (We) feel very good about the value of every player we got in each round."
How much better do you feel about the team now compared to the end of last season?
"Well, there's no doubt I feel like we're a better football team. I think we've gotten faster in a lot of different areas. I think we've added some playmakers. I think we've added some depth and then we've got great competition with some players we've added to the football team. Certainly, I feel like we're better and I think we've re-shaped it in some different ways. We're not done yet obviously. The free agency period is not over. We don't line up and play until mid-July and so we're going to continue to tweak the roster where we can and we'll see how things play out here in the next couple of months."
Are you still be looking for a veteran offensive tackle, or is the offensive line is set?
"We'll see. We'll see. Again, I'm not going to tell you my plans, but we're going to continue to tweak the roster where we feel like we need to do that."
Did Mike Gillislee made an impression on him at the Senior Bowl?
"I went to Florida myself this year, so obviously all of these Florida guys certainly made an impression on me not only at the Combine and Mike, maybe at the Senior Bowl, (but) just my school visit there too and the relationships we have with the coaches at University of Florida. Obviously, you have some exposure to those players maybe in your home state. We didn't plan on drafting three Florida players, but, again, they just kind of sat there and we knew them and we have great comfort with them and familiarity with them, and they're good football players. It's just the way it kind of fell"
What did you like about kicker Caleb Sturgis to pick him over the other kickers?
"Well, he's got a big leg. The ball jumps off his foot. He's very accurate. He's kicked a lot of field goals in some tight situations, (and) his consistency (and) his makeup for pressure situations."
How do you feel about the cornerback position after drafting
"I think what's there is a lot of competition. I think you've got some real good veterans that have played very good football in their career. Obviously, we had some guys that didn't finish the season like you said, but have shown a lot of productivity in their careers. Then, you have some young guys we've drafted. We've got some core special teams players and guys that have had some highlights in their careers as well. I feel good about the position. I think we've got a lot of talent over there. We've got to get these guys healthy, which, I think, a majority of them they are and I look forward to seeing how that position plays out. But I think there's a good mix of vets and young players that can fill out the roster from the cornerback position."
What did you learn about Dion Sims' background that made you feel comfortable about drafting him? He is only the second player (
"When you go through the process and a guy has a character question, you just start doing your due diligence. You start making phone calls. You've got your security guy on things and he does his due diligence. We do our own due diligence. We bring the player in (and) we start talking to him and we find out what we need to find out and be comfortable with that kind of character issue. We certainly felt comfortable with it. Joe personally spoke with him. I spoke with him. We're not going to make a big deal out of that here. We've done our homework and we feel comfortable with it."
Do you feel comfortable with the wide receiver position after trading
"We feel good about where the position is, certainly. Again the roster is not 100% set. We're going to tweak the roster; I'm not saying we are going to tweak it at the wide receiver position, but we're going to continue to tweak the roster whether it be receiver, offensive line, punter, or who knows. We're going to continue to tweak it to get it right to our satisfaction going into training camp."
"I don't want to put any time-line on their recovery. We certainly felt comfortable drafting them where we drafted them for them to make a contribution this season."