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April 26, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Seahawks hire former Dolphins GM Ireland as draft consultant UPDATED

The Seahawks have hired former Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland as a consultant leading up to the NFL Draft, which is May 8-10.

The news was first reported by Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez and since confirmed independently by the Times. It remains unclear, however, if Ireland will stay on with the Seahawks past the draft.

NFL.com has this story on the hire, though it doesn’t exactly give the move a ringing endorsement:

“Ireland ran the Dolphins‘ front office from 2008 through 2013, failing to win a single playoff game while often whiffing on second- and third-round draft picks. Prior to his Miami stint, Ireland was a respected scout with the Chiefs and vice president of college and pro scouting with the Cowboys.

No organization came close to matching the dozen draft picks from Rounds 4 through 7 who played key roles for the Seahawks in 2013.

We suppose another experienced voice in the War Room won’t hurt, as long as Ireland doesn’t sway the bold, unconventional opinions of coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.”

But one thought is that the Seahawks may want the extra set of eyes to make up for the loss earlier this week of senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan.

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