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08:03 AM ET 04.12 | Two weeks from draft day, Jeff Ireland -- publicly, anyway -- is ready to make a deal. During [Ireland's] artful dissemination Thursday -- a 30-minute pre-draft press conference during which he tried to make as little news as possible -- he did provide a couple of useful morsels: * His war room has targeted a handful of players worthy of the team's first-round selection. * A trade up is very much on the table, and with 11 picks, Miami has enough "ammunition" to go all the way to first overall (Ireland says he doubts he'll jump that high, however). *The most obvious need -- offensive line -- will be addressed. Ireland said he wants to upgrade the line "as a whole."

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April 12, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Jeff Ireland has had early draft picks for years and lots of them. The problem was Jeff Ireland was doing the picking. Some guys just cannot stand prosperity. Jeff is one of them.

April 12, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Jeff Ireland has had early draft picks for years and lots of them. The problem was Jeff Ireland was doing the picking. Some guys just cannot stand prosperity. Jeff is one of them.

Letting Reggie Bush go without making him an offer was a real head scratcher.

April 12, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Miami shouldn't need to move up much. The first round seems loaded with linemen on both sides of the ball this year.

April 12, 2013  09:48 AM ET

If there was ever a year to have lots of picks, this isn't it.

Still, KC has the first round pick. It wouldn't surprise me at all if there's an office for Honest Andy's Draft Picks right down the road from Honest Andy's Used Quarterbacks.

April 12, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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Miami shouldn't need to move up much. The first round seems loaded with linemen on both sides of the ball this year.

Ding ding! We have a winner. Both lines are deep. They shouldn't need to go too high. They should save their picks. They have enough holes to keep the picks.

April 12, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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If there was ever a year to have lots of picks, this isn't it.

I disagree. Just ask anyone at the top of the first round. They'd rather have multiple picks than just that one.

Best not to put all of your eggs into one basket (or one round) for this draft.

April 12, 2013  05:34 PM ET

When was the last time the Ravens had a pick under 18. Better yet, in the first round.

April 12, 2013  05:35 PM ET

The "fish" pick at #12, I don't see any reason to move up, this draft is a lineman year, O & D.
Most scouts have only a few 1st round QBs I doubt the fins will take one and two or three 1st round WRs which they don't need after giving the farm for Hartline and Wallace. They lost Long so I think they will go with a lineman and there are plenty this year, this draft is very thin at first round RBs, not sure if any are considered 1st round worthy. Instead of moving up the fish would be better off moving back and picking up more mid round picks, either that or stay put but don't move up, they have been busy in FA this year. Stay pat or move back for more picks.

April 12, 2013  06:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Jeff Ireland has had early draft picks for years and lots of them. The problem was Jeff Ireland was doing the picking. Some guys just cannot stand prosperity. Jeff is one of them.

lol..I've been watching this team since 1983. I know what you mean. Nevertheless, " Ireland said he wants to upgrade the line "as a whole." This quote means he'll double down on picking linemen, instead of moving up, maybe even trade down a few picks, which I think it's the best move.

April 13, 2013  03:50 PM ET
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When was the last time the Ravens had a pick under 18. Better yet, in the first round.

Probably the last year that they did not deal away their high picks, at a guess. Believe it or not, they all get a pick-every round. That's why they call it a round.

April 13, 2013  10:32 PM ET

squish the fish

April 16, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Dolphins need to fill many holes, there are too many good lineman (O or D) to trade that far up. Also believe they need to draft another RB, Miller is good but will be injured by game 10 and Thomas is not good enough without a superior line in front of him.
Use all the picks, some will work and some won't.

 
April 16, 2013  05:37 PM ET

Two words........ T E D G I N N. !!!!!!!!!!

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