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jeanpierre 01-08-2011 08:15 AM

Saints Draft
 
Not to shift the focus from the playoffs, but it's never too early to start discussing the draft...

In fact, going into the playoffs, we have some depth issues that weren't addressed in the draft/FA and it's starting to present...challenges

So this is a good time to get thoughts at this point of the season so when we are in April, we'll have a thread to refer...

So, what are the most glaring needs?

jcp026 01-08-2011 08:40 AM

Round 1: Cameron Hayward DE
Round 2: Marvin Austin DT
Round 3: Mark Herzlich OLB

Haven't gotten the rest figured out yet. Since 2006 I'm three for how ever many picks we've had. Bush, Jenkins, and Graham.

CheramieIII 01-08-2011 08:42 AM

Defensive tackle or end but this is the way most mocks on Walter Football have it:

New Orleans Saints: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
The Saints don't have many holes on their roster, but they could certainly use some upgrades on their defensive front, particularly at defensive tackle next to Sedrick Ellis.

Stephen Paea projects as a nice complement; he's a 310-pound tackle who had 11 TFL and seven sacks on the year.

or

27. New Orleans Saints–DT Drake Nevis, LSU

The Saints have talent on the defensive line with DE Will Smith and DT Sedrick Ellis. They could use another end or a tackle to throw into the mix. At 27th overall, Nevis provides the best value and would be a very good value pick here to improve against the run.

We'll never know until draft day comes, but don't it get you excited. I think I may even do my own mock again this year. My early pick would be Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama if he falls that far. Walter has him going to the Packers and the really need him but there RB will return next year and they have alot of backups already.

saintsfan1976 01-08-2011 08:44 AM

I love when this topic - and the fact that it's coming up later each year. Remember when we used to talk "draft" in like October? Ha!

DE - we need an edge rusher with speed who can force QB's into Vilma.
DT - we can never have enough depth here. Still not convinced that anyone not named Ellis is a true starter.
RB - big, bruiser, who's hard to bring down (turner, jones-drew type). We sorely miss Deuce's ability to do that in the 4th quarter (just think back to the Philly playoff game and that 8 min drive to win it)
WR - happy w who we have if they can stay on the field. Can we clone Lance Moore?
LT - upgrade over bushrod. would love to see more of brown from USC.

ST has been a disappointment this season as well.

papz 01-08-2011 08:51 AM

DL and LB. With that said, BPA has always been fine with me.

Cruize 01-08-2011 10:00 AM

The special team quality of players at DT and OLB needs to be upgraded.

Crusader 01-08-2011 10:20 AM

Round 3: Mark Herzlich OLB

I'd love to have him. Talk about a character guy!

Euphoria 01-08-2011 11:59 AM

I'd like to see some speed on the outside at OLB but...

But here is what I really don't like this thread.

IF you haven't noticed the Saints DO NOT draft by needs! They Draft by character. Pick up Sean Payton's book and hear it first hand on the on what he told the scouts to look for.

It doesn't matter who is there and what our needs are... when the Saints pick it is going to be a talented or potential talent good character guy all the way around. Avoid players who get in trouble!

Lets just leave the drafting until after the SB and up to Sean Payton.

ScottF 01-08-2011 12:02 PM

I like that Ingram and Clay are already coming out. Trickle down effect for quality RB is definitely there

Danno 01-08-2011 12:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Euphoria (Post 278070)
I'd like to see some speed on the outside at OLB but...

But here is what I really don't like this thread.

IF you haven't noticed the Saints DO NOT draft by needs! They Draft by character. Pick up Sean Payton's book and hear it first hand on the on what he told the scouts to look for.

It doesn't matter who is there and what our needs are... when the Saints pick it is going to be a talented or potential talent good character guy all the way around. Avoid players who get in trouble!

Lets just leave the drafting until after the SB and up to Sean Payton.

True, and they usually do address needs in free-agency, which allows them to draft BPA.

With that said, I'm hoping the off-season brings us a two shiny new OLB's, a DE, DT, RB (or two), TE, and a younger multi-purpose FB ( a younger version of Evans would do nicely).

Oh, and re-sign all our key FA's too.


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