A couple names for late round picks
Since nobody's thrown some names out yet, I'll put in a bid from a few of my fellow alumnus. Now, this comes with the two caveats: one, that I don't watch a lot college football to scout for the Saints (they don't pay me enough to do that ;-) ), I only watch my own alma maters, Virginia Tech and Arizona State. So I'm not saying these are the best two players out there, but they're good players and they'll probably be around after the 2nd round. Caveat two, it's 4:30 in the morning and I can't sleep, so maybe I'm not thinking right.
Jayron Hosely of Virginia Tech: 9 interceptions a year ago. Only 3 this year, but I don't think he's taken a step back, it's just that Georgia Tech, UNC, and East Carolina (not in our conference, but we seem to play them every year) hardly threw it this year. It seems our whole conference fell in love with the triple-option. But still had 33 tackles and 2 forced fumbles this year. And because Tech horribly underperformed, he'll probably still be on the board in the 3rd or even 4th.
Vontaze Burfict of Arizona State: Now, hear me out on this one. Don't just go by what the media says. 69 tackles, 7 for a loss (4 for a loss of 15 or more), 3 sacks. Only 1 pick, but he flies to the ball. Now, the knock on him is his attitude. He gets flagged for unsportsman like just for not saying "bless you" when someone sneezes. I've seen almost every game, and honestly, at least a third if not half of his flags were complete "let's clean up the sport" BS! Either the hit was like a second after the whistle or a toe out of bounds, or both guys were going at it and he gets the flag. But we also had an over-the-hill coach that been stopped giving a dang. I think Payton can get him to behave. However, because of his rep, teams out of fear that another Suh or Harrison will hurt more than help the team (especially image-wise for teams more desperate to fill seats than win games), I think everyone will pass on him. I saw one projection that said Steelers take him in the 2nd, but I think he'll fall all the way to 4th or 5th, unless he has the world's slickest talking agent. If he falls that far, I say take him.