Ireland Officially Appointed VP Scouting

Jeff Ireland was officially appointed the Vice President of College and Pro Scouting on Thursday. <BR>

Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones called it the "worst kept secret in the organization."

Jeff Ireland called the opportunity of a lifetime.

No matter which way you look at it, the Dallas Cowboys have a new leader when it comes to college and pro scouting.

Jones formally announced the hiring of Jeff Ireland as the Vice President of College and Pro Scouting on Thursday.

"Jeff will report directly to me as GM and owner," said Jones. "He is also very coordinated with his work with Bill and our coaching staff with Bill. That is very important to me and the organization that Jeff feels the confidence of Bill."

"It's a great opportunity for me," said Ireland. "My background is scouting. The acquisition of football players is what I know. It's a great opportunity to work along side Jerry, along side Stephen, and obviously Bill."

Ireland also talked about the attributes he looks for in potential prospects.

"First of all character. I want guys that fit in the locker room. I want leaders. I want guys not only smart enough to handle the football side of it, but guys that are smart enough to handle the pressures of a professional athlete," said Ireland.

"Big, strong, fast, smart guys make up successful, championship football teams."

Ireland also added that he believes a team should draft the most talented player available, regardless of need.

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