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Seahawks hire Jeff Ireland as a draft consultant

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It didn't take former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland long to find work.

Ireland, who was removed as the Dolphins' GM back in January, has been hired by the Seattle Seahawks to serve as a draft consultant for the 2014 draft, which begins on May 8.

In his position he'll likely serve as a sounding board to the Super Bowl champions, which are coached by Pete Carroll, and constructed by general manager John Schneider. Whether Ireland's position with Seattle extends past this draft is unclear.

Ireland, who was handpicked by former Dolphins czar Bill Parcells to run the Dolphins, served as Miami's GM since 2008. He became the team's top football executive during the start of the 2010 season, when Parcells retired from his position as vice president of football operations.

During his tenure Ireland helped add eight Pro Bowlers - Jake Long, Randy Starks, Cameron Wake, Brandon Marshall, Richie Incognito, Brandon Fields, Brent Grimes and Mike Pouncey - to the roster, and constructed a franchise that produced the NFL's biggest one year turnaround in 2008, one winning record and one playoff berth.

The Dolphins were 46-50 in Ireland's six season as a Dolphins executive, and that run included three head coaches - Tony Sparano, interim head coach Todd Bowles, and Joe Philbin, who is entering his third season.

The Seahawks have had a successful run of turning late-round draft picks into contributors, and that was Ireland's specialty. While often striking out with second-round picks, Ireland did had a knack for finding late-round selections, and undrafted players who would become solid NFL contributors.

Carpenter, Davone Bess, Kendall Langford, Donald Thomas, Lex Hilliard, Brian Hartline, Chris Clemons, Andrew Gardner, Nolan Carroll, Reshad Jones, Austin Spitler, Charles Clay, Frank Kearse, Jimmy Wilson, Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller, Rishard Matthews, Derrick Shelby and Calib Sturgis are some of Ireland's late-round picks, or undrafted finds who have gone on to have productive NFL careers with the Dolphins, or another franchise.

The Dolphins replaced Ireland with Dennis Hickey, a former Tampa Bay executive, who will lead his first draft in two weeks.

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