Go Back   New Orleans Saints - blackandgold.com > Main > Saints
Shop Horizontal

DT signed, now what?

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; It appears the D-line and RB are set for 2004 mostly. Now we address CB and LB. Assuming we don’t bring in a quality FA LB or CB… I think its possible to head into 2004 with Ambrose, Thomas, Carter ...

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-08-2004, 09:01 AM   #1
Site Donor 2014
Truth Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Spanish Fort Alabama
Posts: 16,447
DT signed, now what?

It appears the D-line and RB are set for 2004 mostly.
Now we address CB and LB.
Assuming we don’t bring in a quality FA LB or CB…

I think its possible to head into 2004 with Ambrose, Thomas, Carter (if he re-signs for less money) and draft a stud with pick 1 or 2A. If Carter does re-sign it gives us some more flexibility to pick the best LB/CB available at #1.

What would you do?
Take a day 1 starter at LB (DJ Williams, Vilma or Dansby) and a CB that may need half a season to develop?
Or
Take a CB that can start right away and draft a LB who may need half a season to develop like a Donterrius Thomas or one of those Ga. Tech guys etc…)?

Best case is that the LB and CB we pick can both be day 1 starters, but that’s kinda overly optimistic. Or maybe not?
Danno is offline  
Latest Blogs
2015 Saints Bye Week Draft Last Blog: 10-16-2014 By: hagan714


"IRONY" Last Blog: 10-01-2014 By: teddybarexxx


Sainity Zone 9-30-14 Hail Last Blog: 09-30-2014 By: xan


Old 03-08-2004, 09:51 AM   #2
1000 Posts +
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Williamsburg, VA (aka Southern Canada)
Posts: 1,689
DT signed, now what?

Although I think our greatest need is at LB, I think the Saints should take the CB that can start from day 1 first because good CB\'s are harder to find. Hopefully, we\'re not through in FA this year and can pick up a good LB there.
ScottyRo is offline  
Old 03-08-2004, 12:50 PM   #3
100th Post
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 255
DT signed, now what?

If DJ Williams is there when we pick we need to snag him. There will be a quality CB there in the Second round. Its easier for LB to step in and play than it is for a CB, we can take a 2nd round or move up with out 2 2 rounders pick up a CB and give hims some time and as insurance... learn the ropes and turn it over to him next year. Sign Carter
deadflatbird is offline  
Old 03-08-2004, 02:43 PM   #4
Rookie
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 12
DT signed, now what?

Hopefully we can see Boulware available in the 2nd round at the least. Pick up the South Carolina cb in the 1st if he is available, then go with Boulware in 2.
VaeVictus is offline  
Old 03-08-2004, 05:56 PM   #5
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,631
DT signed, now what?

A stud LB has more impact on his team - especially ours where the need is biggest. Take an LB first. I don\'t see any Champ Bailey/Charles Woodson type studs at CB. There could be some fixtures at LB for years to come. Go LB, then worry about corner. Of course, realistically, they\'ll go corner first.
WhoDat is offline  
Old 03-08-2004, 06:56 PM   #6
100th Post
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 255
DT signed, now what?

I could not agree with you more... 1st round I love DJ Williams at the 18th pick but some teams have him higher some lower. We can get a great CB in the second round easy, there are a few that you can just pick a numer and take the one closer... not going to make much of a difference... after the first 5 LB\'s there is all junk. DJ Willimas is the best OLB I believe in the draft and will make a huge impact for years to come.
deadflatbird is offline  
Old 03-08-2004, 07:20 PM   #7
100th Post
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 361
DT signed, now what?

i would rather see us sign ian gold and draft vilma, then maybe package our two 2nd round picks to move up for a cb
rusta is offline  
Old 03-08-2004, 07:22 PM   #8
100th Post
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 320
DT signed, now what?

DJ Williams wasn\'t even the best LB on his team. He was second best and he is second best in the draft. Jon Vilma is the guy we need to get. Then pick up two CB\'s in the 2nd round. Keith Smith & Joey Thomas should both be there for us. Both are small school guys and one could end up starting by mid-season (see charles tillman last year).
rAge is offline  
Old 03-08-2004, 07:27 PM   #9
100th Post
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 320
DT signed, now what?

i would rather see us sign ian gold and draft vilma, then maybe package our two 2nd round picks to move up for a cb
I agree with the first half, but why would we trade up and risk one pick on a CB when we could use both on CB\'s and have a better chance of finding a good one? There are no stand-out corners. And trading both of our 2nd round picks for any of them, would be dumb...
rAge is offline  
Old 03-09-2004, 07:00 AM   #10
100th Post
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 255
DT signed, now what?

Vilma is a MLB and DJ WIlliams is an OLB there is a difference at that position for one. Just because a player is great in College doesn\'t gareentee he will be great in the NFL. There are many who develop into being great players in the NFL. DJ Williams has the attitude and will bring lots of tangibles to this team in years to come. He could end up a starter this year and polishing him up into a force to be recon with for years to come. Any CB we draft will take a year or 2-3 years to fit in. coverages and speed is a different world in the NFL. Easier to make up for a mistake at LB than it is at CB.. LB you can get help... CB... you\'re on an island.

I am not opposed to drafting DJ WIlliams and then in the second 2 CB \'s... hopes one could develop faster and then both if not at least one starting next year to replace Carter. I think we keep carter this year... perhaps bring in Ian Gold, draft Williams and see how the cookie crumbles this year. FB is a position of interest to me of late though.

[Edited on 9/3/2004 by deadflatbird]
deadflatbird is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:21 PM.


Copyright 1997 - 2013 - BlackandGold.com
no new posts