No more scrambling: Saints’ Jeff Ireland feels more comfortable with this year’s draft class _lowres

This is a 2013 photo of Jeff Ireland of the Miami Dolphins NFL football team. This image reflects the Miami Dolphins active roster as of Thursday, May 2, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)


When Jeff Ireland first joined the Saints’ staff, he was first given the title of director of college scouting.

That’s now changed. According to reports from Fox and ESPN, Ireland is now serving as the assistant general manager.

In his role, Ireland will continue to oversee the college scouting, but he is also working with general manager Mickey Loomis and director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot.

What does this mean? Probably not much. When speaking with The Advocate at February’s scouting combine, Loomis said he was seeking Ireland’s opinion on all matters — not just the draft.

“That’s great for me because we get to bounce some ideas, and I get to bounce some things off of him,” Loomis said. “I know he’s had some experience with those. He’s blending in well. He’s going to be a great asset for us.”

Prior to joining the Saints, Ireland served as the Miami Dolphins general manager from 2008-2013.