I stumbled across an good article with some interesting quotes. The whole article is here.
Tanny on how FAs effect draft:
Tannenbaum said their roster of impending free agents can become a tiebreaker on draft day.
"There's no magical answer, there’s just the judgment of the best player on the board versus what's going to happen in free agency," Tannenbaum said. "Even if you don’t get your first or second choice in free agency or the draft, there’s going to be other opportunities. Again, those are great tiebreakers for us. If we feel like down the road we’re going to have trouble getting a player back, that may break a tie in the draft room. Those are really hard judgment calls to make that you do when you're on the clock or formulating a strategy to go up a couple spots or move back."
Scouting Director Clinkscales on what Rex wants from OLBs:
Director of college scouting Joey Clinkscales acknowledged that projections can be tough, but outlined a specific set of criteria they look for when moving a guy who plays down to linebacker -- for instance, Arizona's Brooks Reed.
"The first thing we’re looking for is can he rush the passer, because in the defense we want to play, Rex wants a guy that can rush the passer," Clinkscales said. "For a rush backer, dropping in coverages is probably only 15 percent of what he does. So he needs to be smart, he needs to have good hand use, he needs to have quick feet, and again have a demeanor to be hungry to get to the quarterback."
Clinkscales on Phil Taylor:
"He probably does have some feet issues," Clinkscales said. "You're talking about a guy that was once 380 pounds that’s 335 ponds now. Phil's a good player; he's a 2-gap nose player. He's strong, he's physical. ... He's a good football player. I don’t think in the long term if you're looking throughout a contract that the feet will be a big issue. But again, you're looking for a guy that can help you now, and he and many others have the chance to do that."