As far as today, I'm going to go through the roster. We got Patrick Turner in the third round. We feel real good about this young man. He is a big, tall receiver; I think he runs excellent routes. He scored ten touchdowns last year, he's a playmaker, he's played inside, he's played outside, he's smart. I think he's got some versatility and some very good hands. A highly recruited player coming out of high school, played at a very successful program. They know how to develop receivers there (USC), who usually go on to get drafted. I feel really good about this young man.
(Chris) Clemons, another three year starter, hadn't missed a game in his career. Big, strong, tough, aggressive safety. Good cover skills as well. We feel real good that he was there for us and I think he's going to contribute on the roster very well.
(Andrew) Gardner - had a shoulder injury late in the season, but he's a four year starter, really. Played at a good program, he's got left tackle feet. He's big, he runs good, he's a good athlete, he's got real good test scores, he's very smart. He brings some much needed depth at the left tackle position, so we feel real good about getting him.
J.D. Folsom from Weber state. He is a developmental candidate. He's got real good size, he's about 6-2 1/2, almost 240, runs really good. Smart kid, older kid, he's more mature, will be about 25 soon. Real good core special teams player. Has some sub-down value as well, so we got a good plan for him. That pretty much wraps up the day.
On if the run on wide receivers and the Giants trading up before the third round pick influenced the selection of WR Patrick Turner
IRELAND: The run on receivers didn't have much impact on that pick at all, to be honest. We had Patrick in that round and feel real good about it. We were going to take that player regardless. We dint have to go up, we stayed right there and made the pick. We feel real good about it.
On if he can quantify how much this draft helped the teams' needs at receiver and what the state of that position is currently
IRELAND: It's going to be a competitive position, no doubt about it. We have a couple guys here on this team that did very well for us this last year. We felt like we had a couple guys on the board that could help us be more competitive at that position. To be able to quantify that position right now we have to go into training camp and OTA's, and figure out what we got. I feel like we have helped ourselves there. We got some size there, we got some physicality there, and we got some flexibility with these two guys (Turner and Hartline).
On if there were any pre-draft expectations that were not fulfilled
IRELAND: Not necessarily. The way you stack the board, you don't really stack it by need, you try to stack it by value. Sometimes things don fall the way you want them to, but we try not to reach for guys, so I wouldn't say we are disappointed in how the draft played out. I would say we hit some needs, and again, the process isn't over. We will still try to get some players that will help us here throughout the process.
On what he saw in Turner this year and why the team selected him
IRELAND: I think its confidence. I think his confidence, and his production really grew this year. His touchdown production and some of his catches. I think he became a more confident player and learned. From an offensive perspective, they keyed in on him to be a bit more of a playmaker. What he did this year at USC I think is very respectable. I think he is a very good player. I don't think 13 touchdowns in two years is anything to be ashamed of. I like the player; we had him up there from day one, so we feel real good about him.
On if he envisions Folsom as an inside or outside linebacker, and if he knew Folsom planned on going to veterinary school
IRELAND: We see him more as an inside player. I didn't know he was going to vet school. I know our area scout probably did. But we see him as an inside player probably the 'moe' position I'm assuming. He really can play 'mike' or 'moe.' I envision him more right now as a sub-linebacker. He probably can line up as 'mike' or 'moe.' Excellent motor, great kid, very smart.
On if he feels the team has enough 3-4 linebackers and hybrid pass rushers on the roster
IRELAND: I would say we feel real good about (Erik) Walden, Tearrius George, obviously (Cameron) Wake, and obviously the players that were here before we signed those guys. As you said we always look for pass rushers regardless of where they fall in the draft, it just didn't happen that we liked some of the payers that fell to us. We paid close attention to positions that we call 'core positions,' and pass rush is obviously one of those core positions, but they didn't fall to us the right way, so we went ahead and went for value.
On what the teams' level of interest is in free-agent and ex-Dolphin Jason Taylor