3. Jeff Ireland
Ireland may not have been the best general manager (Miami, 2008-13), but if there’s one thing he is good at it, it’s scouting talent. The Saints hired him as their college scouting director and assistant general manager last offseason. All of a sudden, New Orleans had its most successful draft in several years.
Yes, drafting productive, franchise players has been a huge problem, and it’s beginning to show on the field. You know it’s a big issue when a large percentage of players who were drafted just a few years ago aren’t even on the team anymore.
Years of scouting experience and front office jobs with various teams topped of by a season with the Seattle Seahawks as a draft consultant in 2014 made Ireland a tremendous hire for the New Orleans Saints.
The man knows what he’s doing. Give him the power, and he should pull through. The Saints look to continue their success from last year’s draft in hopes of making a big splash during the selection process for the second-straight time. The talents of Jeff Ireland are key for both the present and future of this organization on both offense and defense.
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