Saturday, 31 March 2012 14:34
NFL Draft-Thin New Orleans Saints Eye Slim Pickings?
 

colstonWithout a first-round pick and a loss of this year's second-round draft pick (league discipline to to Bountygate) the New Orleans Saints won't be on the clock until the 89th over-all selection. Let's take a look at the prospects that could fit in in New Orleans as the club tries to make some upgrades to the defensive front seven.

Here's how National Football Post lists the Saints' prospects:


Top Priority: DT

Alameda Ta'amu DT, Washington; this is the kind of guy who has the ability to anchor the middle of an NFL  3-4 or 4-3 Front. Needs to do a better job finding the football, but over-all he looks like a starter who you eventually will be able to win with in the NFL.

Mike Martin DT, Michigan: The kind of prospect you don't want to bet against is limited and doesn't have the kind of frame to get all that bigger.,  but I can see him working his way into a rotation as a 4-3 nose tackle in the NFL and being the kind of guy coaches love.

Scouting report on LSU tight end Deangelo Peterson: An athletic kid who can run down the seam. However, is raw in all areas of the game and doesn't seem to have put much work into his trade.  Don't know if he wants go or ever will. Nevertheless, physically the guy is worth a look.

Speaking of NFL drafts, logic would tell you that having top picks would assure your competitiveness.

 

According to the Sports Illustrated, more often than not, the argument stands.  Then, there are exceptions such as in the case of current stars--Tom Brady, Michael turner and Arian Foster—just in the QB and running back spots..

Quarterbacks

Peyton Manning (Round 1, No. 1); Aaron Rodgers (Round 1, No. 24); Tom Brady (Round 6, No. 199)

Running Backs

LaDainian Tomlinson (Round 1, No. 5); Adrian Peterson (Round 1, No. 7); Chris Johnson (Round 1, No. 24); LeSean McCoy (Round 2, No. 53); Maurice Jones-Drew (Round 2, No. 60); Brian Westbrook (Round 3, No. 91); Michael Turner (Round 5, No. 154); Arian Foster (Undrafted)

So, while it is possible to cull out a diamond such as Brady, Turner, Foster or even current Saints wide receiver-great Marques Colston who was a low-round pick, it would seem obvious that any team, including the Saints, would love to have their top choices instead of having to wait til the prime meat has been eaten.

by Ed Staton and Bayoubuzz Staff


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