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Jeff Ireland on the search for a nose tackle (http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_football_dolphins/2010/04/jeff-ireland-on-the-search-for-a-nose-tackle.html)

by: Mike Berardino (http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_football_dolphins/author/mike-berardino/) April 8th, 2010 | 4:01 PM
Bill Parcells has had some of his greatest draft success finding future nose tackles (Jason Ferguson, Jay Ratliff) in the seventh round.
So, you wonder how motivated the Miami Dolphins will be to take, say, Tennessee’s Dan Williams or East Carolina’s Linval Joseph in the first round if they are confident they can find Ferguson’s eventual successor in the mid- to late rounds.
Then again, considering all the young nose tackle types that will be available on the second and third days of this draft — Cam Thomas, Torell Troup, Al Woods, Art Jones, Kade Weston, maybe Jeff Owens — the Trifecta could always double down on the position the way they have at defensive end, offensive guard, cornerback and wide receiver already in their first two years in South Florida.
So, what’s the trick to finding a productive nose late in the draft?
“You have to luck into some of those things, I’ll be honest with you,” Ireland said Thursday. “We’ve had some success finding some guys late. They just had a couple qualities. Most of the time we had those players on the board a little bit higher than we took them and we just got fortunate they were still there when we were able to take them.
“But there are certain qualities and again there’s only a certain amount of big guys running around on this earth, and I think you have to find the right mentality for a nose tackle. A nose tackle has to know he’s going to get beat up every play he’s in the game. You certainly have to find the right guy that way too, and size is important for me in that position as well.”
So, which potential nose tackles most intrigue you at this point? And would you rather see the Dolphins go for a nose at No. 12 or wait to strike a little later on?
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Phin-Phan 66
04-09-2010, 05:01 AM
wait - definitely not at 12

04-09-2010, 06:55 AM
Did he just suggest it might be reasonable to draft L. Joseph at #12?

Aqua and Orange
04-09-2010, 07:22 AM
Did he just suggest it might be reasonable to draft L. Joseph at #12?

I thought the same thing. Well done.