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INDIANAPOLIS — Jeff Ireland isn’t going to answer ‘yes’ and simply try to blend in and do things a certain way just because that’s the way they’ve always been done.

No, the New Orleans Saints new director of college scouting didn’t show up and start throwing elbows. But he also isn’t going to sit back and be quiet when there’s an opinion shared that he doesn’t agree with or has an opposing view on how a player might fit with the Saints.

“Debate is healthy,” Ireland said. “In any kind of draft room, debate is going to be healthy,” Ireland said in a video posted to the team’s official website. “I know what I’m looking for in players, and (coach) Sean (Payton) and (general manager) Mickey (Loomis) know what they’re looking for.

“We’re trying to marry that together, and obviously those voices count a lot more than mine. But I’m going to debate the process, because I’ve seen lots of things in my career that may have worked.

“It’s just trying to find out what we’re looking for and not what everyone else is looking for.”


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Re: Jeff Ireland, the New Orleans Saints’ new director of college scouting, on the ‘grind’ to get set for NFL draft

Quite interesting to see how long he is here for
Is he here to learn the ropes from Loomis before taking over in the long run. I can see Loomis and Payton leaving at the same time and it wouldn't surprise me if its the same time as Drew goes. So having the chess pieces in place for a easy transition makes sense
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Mixed feelings on this one...
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Re: Jeff Ireland, the New Orleans Saints’ new director of college scouting, on the ‘grind’ to get set for NFL draft

I for one, am ready for change... It's not like we have been tearing up the draft the past couple of years
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Re: Jeff Ireland, the New Orleans Saints’ new director of college scouting, on the ‘grind’ to get set for NFL draft

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"In any draft room, debate is always going to be healthy," he said. "I know what I'm looking for, Sean and Mickey know what they're looking for. We're trying to marry that together. Obviously those voices count a lot more than mine."


If anything Ireland needs to be more vocal, Loomis and Payton have missed on quite a few defensive draft picks so maybe they need to listen to Ireland more than the previous guy
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“It’s just trying to find out what we’re looking for and not what everyone else is looking for.”
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Ireland’s chief role with the Saints will be to oversee the scouting and drafting of college players, but his experience as a general manager has also come in handy. Loomis said earlier this week he’s taken advantage of the opportunity to bounce ideas of Ireland when he has questions and goes to him for his insight.

“He’s got some things that he does that I love that we incorporate with what we do,” Loomis said. “It’s an exchange of ideas.”
I like that part a lot. Its usually a good thing to get some new input on your organization.
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Fresh ideas never hurt, he can't be worse than the last guy. The bar has been set that low
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Shake it up brother, shake it up.
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Just give us a good draft is all I can ask!!
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