BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Each year the Saints send one of the largest personnel groups to LSU football's pro day. General Manager Mickey Loomis and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan have become regulars. Friday, new assistant GM Jeff Ireland joined the action, all to get an up close look at several departing Tiger talents.
Since joining the Saints just two months ago, Ireland, who is in charge of the team's college scouting, says it has been a whirlwind, but he loves the working relationships within the franchise.
"It's been a rat race, really. I really wasn't scouting in the fall. I was watching a lot of football. But it's different when you're watching football on the couch than when you're watching football in a meeting room and writing reports, so it's been a catch up process for me," Ireland said. "You have to rely on your scouts and coaching staff to get you information, and I've been enjoying it."
He added that Loomis has been a mentor who he looked to for advice and information.
"He's a very good executive, and he's made done great decisions for this franchise, so he's someone I look up to. That process, just he and Sean (Payton) has been fantastic, so it's great to be a part of a great organization," Ireland said.
With nine NFL draft picks in 2015, Ireland said the timing of his arrival to the Saints has been phenomenal.