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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by jcp026 They didn't give the defense the main focus. They took two defensive players (DT, DB) and three offensive players (WR, G, T) They used 2 of the first 3 picks for a defensive player, so in ...

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:15 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by jcp026 View Post
They didn't give the defense the main focus. They took two defensive players (DT, DB) and three offensive players (WR, G, T)

They used 2 of the first 3 picks for a defensive player, so in my mind that is giving the defense the main focus in a draft where you only have 5 picks overall.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:44 AM   #22
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Grading draft picks before they have ever hit even the practice field is sort of like ordering a wife off of the internet... You really have no clue what you will get.


Example. Jamarcus Russell
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:32 AM   #23
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The answer is subjective. Depends on PERSONAL feelings on what statistics it would take for him to be a good pick in your mind.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:57 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by FinSaint View Post
No prob. I was just more curious about the possible signing of him elsewhere than pointing out a "mistake" in your article, which was well written as always.

I guess the Chiefs would've been a potential landing spot for him before the draft, but now that they'll be bringing in Poe, he might not be able to have as big of a role there as he might've liked to.
Yes, I remembered him working out for them then I thought I read he was signing there, or had signed there.

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Old 05-02-2012, 01:34 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by CharityMike View Post
The answer is subjective. Depends on PERSONAL feelings on what statistics it would take for him to be a good pick in your mind.

You're right, the fact that my two favorite DTs for the Saints to pick were Wolfe and Hicks before the draft - in that order - and seeing Wolfe go off the board as early as he did, I was very relieved and happy when they picked Hicks.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:37 PM   #26
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You're right, the fact that my two favorite DTs for the Saints to pick were Wolfe and Hicks before the draft - in that order - and seeing Wolfe go off the board as early as he did, I was very relieved and happy when they picked Hicks.
Kudos to you. I saw several posters mention Akiem Hicks over the last 3 months, but forgot who they were.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:51 PM   #27
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We needed and need some youth in the middle.
I hope he shakes some schlitz up.
Big young monster in the middle - 6'5" and +300.
Even if he dosn't come into his own until next season, this year will be good training.
I just hope he stays healthy and develops well.
Good pick.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:14 PM   #28
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This pick definitely gets an..................Inc! I can't figure folk who grade drafts before two, or more years pass.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:48 PM   #29
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This pick definitely gets an..................Inc! I can't figure folk who grade drafts before two, or more years pass.
You can still grade the pick. Like, if they grabbed a seventh round prospect in the third round, at a position like say, RB, instead of an area of need..

A lot of people are interested in learning about draft picks, especially ones they don't know about. That's why people do the "grades." Something to write about + giving people insight = page views and something to do.

Sure, they may be busts, but still. As it stands right now, grading a player is no different than 6,000 posts saying "I like this guy" or "Bad choice imo." Instead, you're just giving a letter on how much you like or don't like a player/pick.
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You can still grade the pick. Like, if they grabbed a seventh round prospect in the third round, at a position like say, RB, instead of an area of need..

A lot of people are interested in learning about draft picks, especially ones they don't know about. That's why people do the "grades." Something to write about + giving people insight = page views and something to do.

Sure, they may be busts, but still. As it stands right now, grading a player is no different than 6,000 posts saying "I like this guy" or "Bad choice imo." Instead, you're just giving a letter on how much you like or don't like a player/pick.
Kinda like a power ranking, but for draft picks.

No one is grading the player based on his NFL performance. The grade is for how good of a prospect does he appear to be, how does he fit with your teams scheme, how does he fit your teams needs, how risky is the pick, could you have picked the same player later, should the player have been picked sooner, etc.

Its a draft grade based on a consensus of information known about the prospect.

If you picked a CB in the 1st round who was projected as a UDFA at 5'-7" and ran a 4.9 40 yard dash, I'd give that selection an F.

If you picked up Andrew Luck in the 3rd round, I'd give that selection an A.
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