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Old 12-09-2007, 10:38 AM   #1
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2008 Draft

The First Two Rounds Next Who Will Be Drafted By The Saints Opinion Question Only. Just Trying To Get Some Feedback Who Are You Guys Looking At.

Round #1 Conerback Mike Jenkins South Flordia
Round #1 Defence Line Sedrick Ellis Usc
Round #1 Conerback Malcom Jenkins Ohio State

Round #2 Quarterback Colt Brennan Hawaii
Round #2 Wide Out Adarius Bowman Oklahoma St.
Round #2 Linebacker Ali Highsmith Lsu

These Are The Players I Would Look At For Our Picks Next Year.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:13 PM   #2
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Good list, however, none are from Div II schools...and we know how much the Saints love the Div II draftees.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:33 PM   #3
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Okay! Okay...okay.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:43 PM   #4
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I wouldn't spend a 2nd round pick on QB, with our OL and D woes. It isn't as if we're grooming him to take over from Brees. We could sign some Grossman type as FA. What about the Walters kid from Oak? Big with cannon arm and ripe to learn from Peyton and Brees.
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Old 12-10-2007, 07:36 PM   #5
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Round 1

Justin King, 6 - 0, 186, 4.34, CB Penn State Jr
Justin King is a top notch CB prospect. The 6'0", 186 lbs., junior from Penn St. has the tools to shut down NFL receivers. King finished this season as a First Team All Big Ten selection. He totaled 44 tackles and 2 INTs this season, despite the opposition throwing away from him all season. King also led the Big Ten this season with 17 passes defended. King has defended top flight college receivers all season, facing Dorien Bryant, James Hardy, Mario Manningham, Arrelious Benn, and Brian Robiskie, with good results. He shows good ball skills in coverage and has blazing speed. Pittsburgh Post Gazette columnist Ron Muselman reported King had 4.3 or better speed in the 40. The thing that makes King an exciting prospect is this is only his second year as a full time CB. Because of injuries, King was forced to play mostly at wide receiver during his freshman year. Corner is one of the toughest positions to play in football and his relative lack of experience shows how good he could be with NFL coaching. An added bonus with King is his experience at both receiver and as a return man at Penn St. Justin King is an excellent corner, with unlimited potential and should go high in this year's draft.

Here is the best pure CB in the draft.

Aquib Talib, 6 - 2, 193, 4.45, Kansas Jr.
Talib has established himself as one of the best cover corners in the country and in an age where the shutdown corner is a must-have, Talib is in an elite category - as potentially the best at his position in the nation.

He's the guy that teams hate to throw to, but when they have to, the results usually swing in Talib's favor. Last season, he recorded six interceptions to lead the Big 12 and had 22 pass breakups. This season, he has four picks (including one return for a touchdown) and 13 passes defended. Like any corner, he gets beat from time to time, but that isn't often.

As with former star corner Charles Gordon, who Talib teamed up with as a red shirt freshman in 2005, Kansas has also used him on offense and he has eight catches for 182 yards and four touchdowns in 2007. But, Mark Mangino done a good job of limiting his time on the field on offense, so that they can get the most out of him in his primary position.

His 40 time, which has been timed around 4.5 and his great size could see him moved to a safety position in the pros. The thing about that 40 time, however, is a little misleading. According to an article in the Topeka Capital-Journal: when he caught a 49-yard touchdown pass in a game against Central Michigan, when the ball was released, he didn't have a step on the defense; but when he caught it, he had three.

Besides his great cover skills, Talib likes getting into the backfield from time to time (9.5 tackles for loss in his career) and isn't afraid to make a tackle (61 tackles this season, 157 in his career). If he adds on a few pounds of muscle, he could become a big-time hitter in the pros. That might lend more to a move to free safety, where he could be a bigger version of Brian Dawkins.

He may only be a junior, but if he enters the draft, he appears to be a lock for the first round and may be the first cornerback taken - which could put him anywhere from the top 15 to the latter part of the first round.

Here is my CB to FS worth the pick in round 1. The kid got hands

James Laurinaitis, 6 - 3, 240, 4.53, ILB, Ohio State. Jr.

James Laurinaitis will be vying with fellow Big Ten star Dan Conner to be the first linebacker taken in this years' draft. The 2006 Nagurski award winner is an absolute wrecking machine at the inside linebacker position. Laurinaitis has been nominated for the Nagurski award again this year, along with receiving nominations for the Butkus and Bedinark trophies. Laurinaitis set a career high against Wisconsin this year with 19 tackles. He has recorded 103 tackles so far this season, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks. A good bowl game could see him top his 115 tackle, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4 sack campaign of last season. James Laurinaitis is a run stuffing machine on the inside for the Buckeyes. The thing that will make him a star in the NFL is his ability to drop in to coverage. His 7 career INTs along with 3 pass breakups just goes to show how versatile he is. Laurinaitis can make tackles sideline to sideline because of his tremendous speed. Doug Lesmerises of The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote that Laurinaitis closes ground as well as any college linebacker you'll find. Should he decide to declare, the 6'3", 240 lbs. linebacker possesses ideal size, strength, and speed to transfer his talents to the pro game.

The best pure ILB in the draft.

Impact players and that is what you draft in round 1. Any of these 3 will start right away. The problems with Duce still loom over us. So RB would not be out of the question. But not in round 1.

Round 2

Chris Johnson, 5 - 11, 195, 4.39(-), East Carolina
Some reports have him under a 4.3
Running back Chris Johnson will draw a lot of interest from NFL Scouts because of his versatility. He is kind of a hybrid player, half running back, half receiver. Johnson has nice size (5’ 11” 195 lbs) and blazing speed. He was clocked at 4.39 in the 40 yard dash in the spring. The NFL loves speedy running backs with great hands and that is exactly what Johnson is. This year (2007) after only eight games, to go along with his 672 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns, he also has caught 26 passes for 354 yards and another 4 touchdowns. He is comfortable lining up in the backfield, splitting out wide as a receiver or returning kicks and punts. I look for Johnson to get an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine where he should set the track on fire with his speed and athleticism.
Last year (2006) as a junior, despite suffering a neck injury in the spring, he led his team in rushing for the 3rd consecutive year with 972 all-purpose yards: 314 rushing, 176 receiving and 482 on kickoff returns. He was selected to the First Team All-Conference USA team as a kick returner, where he ranked fourth among all Conference USA kick returners averaging 23 yards per kick return.

I just drool thinking of him and Duce in the same backfield. Which back do you cover when both are in the pattern. LB/S nightmare. At 200 lbs and 5-11 you know he will put a hurting on someone.

Michael Oher, 6-5, 325, 5.29, OT, Ole Miss Jr.
Shawn Crable, 6-5, 235, 4.65, OLB, Michigan
Beau Bell, 6-2, 248, 4.63, ILB, UNLV
Martin Rucker, 6-5, 248, 4.69, TE, Missouri

Round 3
Lets see who falls first.

I really like this year draft class. I am going to reach here and predict a trade down in round one due to the players available in round 1 that meet our needs and are quality players. Picking up additional picks in round 2 or 3. I really like the move of changing the draft to 2 rounds in day one. That gives the coaches time to discuss the top flight small school players that have changed round three over the past 3 years.

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:08 PM   #6
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Re: 2008 Draft

Round 1 - Keith Rivers
Round 2 - Brandon Flowers
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