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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; My ideal draft that I keep getting in my mind goes as follows... 1st round- Matt Leinart, QB, USC 2nd round- Thomas Howard, OLB, UTEP -or- D'Qwell Jackson, MLB, Maryland Mel Kiper has Thomas Howard slipping through the first round, ...

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Old 02-12-2006, 12:36 PM   #1
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Obviously just speculation, but....

My ideal draft that I keep getting in my mind goes as follows...

1st round- Matt Leinart, QB, USC
2nd round- Thomas Howard, OLB, UTEP -or- D'Qwell Jackson, MLB, Maryland

Mel Kiper has Thomas Howard slipping through the first round, so he would be available for the Saints at #34. Anyways, I was looking on his chat wrap and I saw this....

Casey (FC, Iowa): Which team will select Abdul Hodge in the second round?

Mel Kiper: It's a possiblity for him in the second round. Maybe the third. He's been productive in college. He's got the build of an MLB. He's good at the run. He has great instincts. His coverage skills still need some work.
If we could somehow get a third-round pick (by trading AB, or as a compensatory pick from the NFL), then we would have the possibility of getting Hodge, who many believe has the talent to be a big-time player in the NFL. That means our draft could possibly look like this....

1st Round- Matt Leinart, QB, USC
2nd Round- Thomas Howard, OLB, UTEP
3rd Round- Abdul Hodge, MLB, Iowa
4th Round- McKinley Boykin, DT, Ole Miss

That'd be pretty sweet. That would fill most of our biggest holes, besides maybe OLine (which I don't think is that much of a problem anyways) and DC (which isn't that bad either).
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:12 PM   #2
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RE: Obviously just speculation, but....

That would be an AMAZING draft... probably won't happen but we can hope. The only change I would make would be taking Jackson in the 2nd round instead of Howard.
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:25 PM   #3
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RE: Obviously just speculation, but....

But if we took Jackson, then we'd end up with 2 MLBs and no OLBs...
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:55 PM   #4
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RE: Obviously just speculation, but....

McKinnon, Watson, Colby, Allen, Slaughter, Melton, Hodge, Fincher, Jackson/Carpenter, and Abdul...

I think that's one TOO many linebackers... I think drafting one would be enough. With the way Hodge, Slaughter and McKinnon played last year, I'm pretty sure they'll all be re-signed. It's good to have depth... but not that much.
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Old 02-12-2006, 02:21 PM   #5
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Well they all suck, so most of them should be cut. And that's not that many LBs. Not even 3 deep at each LB position.
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Old 02-12-2006, 03:26 PM   #6
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RE: Obviously just speculation, but....

3 or 4 of the group will not be back that is for sure unless they are special team fill in's.
A true Stronge OLB is needed and Howard is not his name. At best he is weak, we got those
McKinnon is the best at controlling the guts of the D but he is not nimble enough on the pass.
So a stronge MLB is also needed.
This draft will show if 3-4 will be the D of the future here. Howard is of that mold but would but a waste of a pick that high.
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Old 02-12-2006, 05:38 PM   #7
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RE: Obviously just speculation, but....

Howard is a 4-3 LB too, not just 3-4.
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That would be a thing of beauty, but if Abdul Hodge makes it to the third round I crap myself. Hodge will not make it to the second round IMHO. However there are two very overlooked LB's that we should consider, that we could snage in the third or fourth rounds.

Oliver Hoyte & Stephen Tulloch from NCSU. Having gone to NCSU and having season tkts I have seem both play in person, and they both can tackle. Woo HOO.
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Old 02-13-2006, 10:15 AM   #9
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Hodge will not make it to the second round IMHO
Yes he will. You have to consider how many guys are graded higher than him going into this draft: AJ Hawk, Bobby Carpenter, Chad Greenway, Ernie Sims, Demeco Ryans. Shouldn't be more than 5 LBs taken in the 1st round.
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Old 02-13-2006, 10:53 AM   #10
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McKinnon has to stay. He was definitely one of the bright spots in what was a dismal season. I'm sure Vitt will help him out with coverage techniques but he rocks at stopping the run and he's an excellent hitter/tackler. I say as far as the draft.....we need to slowly work toward the 3-4.....get some good LB's. and some good DB's. I think an couple of key additions on offense can make a world of difference.
Check this out...Si's top 10 FA's.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mul...1.exclude.html

BINGO!!
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