Since general manager Mickey Loomis, Payton, director of college scouting Rick Reiprish and the club's staff of college scouts began collaborating on the NFL Draft in 2006, the Saints have made the most of their choices, selecting quality players that now form the foundation of the roster. During this period, the Saints have mined eight starters and significant contributors out of the drafts. Three players have been selected to the Pro Bowls.
Below is a summary of these drafts:
Round 1: CB Patrick Robinson -- Started four games as a rookie, contributing on defense and special teams.
Round 2: T Charles Brown -- This promising young blocker served as a backup at tackle, while contributing on special teams.
Round 3: TE Jimmy Graham -- With only one year of college football in 2009 at Miami, Graham made an immediate impact as a rookie, catching 31 passes for 356
yards and 5 touchdowns. His late-season emergence led directly to Jeremy Shockey's release.
Round 5: C Matt Tennant -- Young blocker served as backup as a rookie. A future starter.
Round 7: QB Sean Canfield -- Took advantage of the limited reps he had in Training camp and spent most of the season on the practice squad.
Round 1: S Malcolm Jenkins -- Enjoyed standout sophomore season with successful conversion to free safety, leading defense with four takeaways.
Round 4b: LB Stanley Arnoux -- Appeared in nine games before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury.
Round 5: P Thomas Morstead -- Has finished among NFL leaders in punting as well as touchbacks on his booming kickoffs.
Round 1: DT Sedrick Ellis -- Has solidified the interior of the line and had club-best six sacks in a breakout season ion 2010.
Round 2: CB Tracy Porter -- Has commanded a starting job since joining the team. Made some key interceptions in NFC Championship and Super Bowl.
Round 5b: G Carl Nicks -- Powerful run blocker has started 45 straight games at left guard. Selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2010.
Round 7: WR Adrian Arrington -- Big target expected to push for playing time in 2011.
Round 1: WR Robert Meachem -- Has made big plays averaging 16.3 yards per catch with 17 touchdowns.
Round 3a: CB Usama Young -- Special teams stalwart has 57 stops and 2 fumble recoveries.
Round 4b: T Jermon Bushrod -- Solid starter for the past two seasons.
Round 7: LB Marvin Mitchell -- olid special teamer who has 55 coverage stops since 2007 while proving valuable at inside linebacker.
Round 1: RB Reggie Bush -- One of the NFL's most versatile and dynamic players, posting 4,982 all-purpose yards, scoring 32 touchdowns, The only Saint
to score on a run, reception and punt return in postseason.
Round 2: S Roman Harper -- Five-year starter at strong safety. Finished second on Saints with 100 stops and had team-high forced fumbles as he was selected to
second straight Pro Bowl.
Round 4: G Jahri Evans -- Has started every game at right guard over the past five years, earning two consecutive Pro Bowl selections.
Round 7a: T Zach Strief --Serves as club's chief reserve at tackle. Also played a variety of positions.
Round 7b: WR Marques Colston -- Club's last selection in 2006, has come to the forefront as one of the NFL's elite wideouts. Has 369 career catches for 5,097
yards with 40 touchdowns, ranking third in club record books in all receiving categories.
SOME hither, others yon: Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, are the parents of twins Marshall Williams Manning and Mosley Thompson Manning, born on March 31,
in Indianapolis. The news comes courtesy of the Neshoba Democrat, the (Philadelphia Miss., hometown newspaper of the four-time NFL MVP's mother,
Olivia. Ava Frances Manning was born on March 21 to Peyton's brother Eli and his wife, Abby. I wonder if we'll be watching a backyard video of Marshall on Sunday
Night Football in 2038?...
With the draft still nearly three weeks away, why not look back when Tom Brady was the 99th player taken in the 2000 draft. ESPN soon will air a documentary
entitled "The Brady 6," which looks at the six quarterbacks drafted before Brady. They were Chad Pennington (Jets, pick 18), Giovanni Carmazzi (49ers,
pick 65), Chris Redman (Ravens, pick 75), Tee Martin (Steelers, pick 163) Marc Bugler (Saints, pick 168) and Spergon Wynn (Browns, pick 183)...The Bulls'
Derrick Rose will win the NBA MVP award...
by Ed Staton
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