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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slu...vals&type=lgns I'm not sure if this was just posted, but it showed up as new on my Google Homepage's Saints Updates. Anyway, here's the article: 2007 Draft: New Orleans Saints Team Grade Frank Coyle, Special to Rivals.com Draft grade: C ...

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Old 07-02-2007, 11:28 AM   #1
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Draft Grade

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slu...vals&type=lgns

I'm not sure if this was just posted, but it showed up as new on my Google Homepage's Saints Updates.

Anyway, here's the article:

2007 Draft: New Orleans Saints Team Grade

Frank Coyle, Special to Rivals.com


Draft grade: C

The Saints were shocked when Tennessee wideout Robert Meachem was still available late in the first round. He gives them a speed receiver for their young unit that will be without Joe Horn this season. Meachem is a legitimate deep threat. The Saints traded out of the second round and landed two selections in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Usama Young had an exceptional March Pro Day that moved him into the third round. He is a fast cover man with good ball skills and should compete for the nickel corner role immediately. He carries a starting grade in time. Andy Alleman is a fast developing lineman who combines agility, athleticism and toughness. Antonio Pittman is a fast tailback who was an excellent value here, but is a very a surprising selection with Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush on the club. Pittman gives them the deepest backfield in the league. Bushrod is a big, mobile lineman with the package to develop further. He has a big upside with time and refinement of his skills. David Jones is an athletic small-college prospect with the package to surprise in time. He figures to see time as a return specialist and must impress there to make the squad. He is the ideal practice squad performer if he does not make the club. Marvin Mitchell gives them a strong, mobile defender who produced at a high level against top competition. He has the ability to play the run well and push for time in the base defense. He can help on special teams in coverage.

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Rd; Sel#; Player; Pos; School

1.; 27. Robert Meachem; WR; Tennessee

3.; 66.; Usama Young; DB; Kent

3.; 88.; Andy Alleman; OG; Akron

4.; 107. Antonio Pittman; RB; Ohio State

4. 125.; Jermon Bushrod; OT; Towson

5.; 145.; David Jones; CB; Wingate

7. 220. Marvin Mitchell; LB; Tennessee

Frank Coyle


I'm not sure why you would grade the draft right before training camp, but whatever...I think he's an idiot.

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Old 07-02-2007, 11:45 AM   #2
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Draft grades are a complete waste of time in my opinion. How can you really rate a teams draft with out the team playing a game, or even the players with out even taking one snap in the NFL. There is no evidence to how you give grades nor facts to back up your grades. The true test comes 4 years from now and then you can rate this past draft. Players had a chance to develop and perform in the NFL. Then and only then can you say ok Team so and so had a B or C draft that year.

These grades that "Joe Schmo", give (opinion), whats the criteria??? Based on filling team needs? Talent, which you can't really judge yet due to the above paragraph.

Draft grades are gay.
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Old 07-02-2007, 12:09 PM   #3
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Draft grades are a complete waste of time in my opinion. How can you really rate a teams draft with out the team playing a game, or even the players with out even taking one snap in the NFL. There is no evidence to how you give grades nor facts to back up your grades. The true test comes 4 years from now and then you can rate this past draft. Players had a chance to develop and perform in the NFL. Then and only then can you say ok Team so and so had a B or C draft that year.

These grades that "Joe Schmo", give (opinion), whats the criteria??? Based on filling team needs? Talent, which you can't really judge yet due to the above paragraph.

Draft grades are gay.
Agree totally. There is one group that does evaluate 4 years or so down the line. That makes sense.
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Old 07-02-2007, 02:59 PM   #4
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What we should do is appoint someone to keep all of these so-called, report cards and in four years post them and then see who has merit and knows what they are talking about.
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:54 PM   #5
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lets grade it in a couple years.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:10 AM   #6
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Yes. Grading past drafts whether 1,2 or 4 years down the road, is interesting to see. There should be more of these evaluations than present day draft grades.
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