When looking at Ireland's past draft picks, it should be easily noticed what he was thinking for roughly half of the team's top picks during the draft. Again and again, you'll see players drafted with one particular trait and that is measurables. Whether it's speed, size, or a combination of several characteristics, he drafted prospects irrespective of a player's actual football skills in college. That front office thinking was that they'll be able to teach anyone any position as long as a prospect meets certain physical characteristics. This is also common throughout the league which is why there's more draft busts than necessary. For as great as Belichick has been, they drafted Mallett in the top third round who was all measurables. Some of Ireland's gems: Daniel Thomas: lacked instinct, tackled easily, drafted because he was 6'2" and 235 lbs. Dion Jordan: lacked production numbers as a DE as he was mainly used as an OLB in college, drafted for athleticism (speed and fluidity, not explosiveness) and being 6'6" and 248 lbs. And Ireland had two chances to draft a franchise quarterback. After the first one failed, he doubled down by drafting another who was very similar to the first failed project. A side-by-side comparison. Had Chenne: Ryan Bennehill 6'2", 225, good build 6'4", 221, thin but solid build average athleticism good speed very strong arm very strong arm lacked touch and deep ball accuracy lacked touch and deep ball accuracy lacked pocket presence lacked pocket presence lacked quickness and agility lacked quickness and agility football dumb football dumb Instead of learning the obvious by themselves, both had to be programmed (told what to do) because they're both robots. The exceptions to this was Pat White whom I believe was a Sparano pick as he was obsessed with the wildkitty and Brian Hartline who looked like a punter but was just a good football player but was also a late rounder.