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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; someone gotta be cut with this pick. Charles Grant Darren Howard Melvin williams Willie whitehead..This is just one of the stupidest move in the loomis era. If the saints can\'t sign Howard to a long term contract they could\'ve search ...

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Old 04-24-2004, 02:47 PM   #11
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someone gotta be cut with this pick. Charles Grant Darren Howard Melvin williams Willie whitehead..This is just one of the stupidest move in the loomis era. If the saints can\'t sign Howard to a long term contract they could\'ve search for a defensive end next year, plus Will Smith was not the best DE on the board (Kenechi Udeze)
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Old 04-24-2004, 02:49 PM   #12
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Has enough quickness (along with past experience) to possibly move to inside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme … Despite lacking ideal bulk, he is very stout vs. the run, generating a strong surge to gain leverage and drive the lead blocker back into the rush lane … When asked to play linebacker, he shows the ability to drop and shadow the tight ends and running backs in the short area passing lanes … Has that rare explosive first step to run hard after the ball, showing exceptional sideline range.

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Old 04-24-2004, 03:06 PM   #13
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I want more than anything for that to be true, but it is difficult to learn a new position (or to be as intuitive when you haven\'t had much experience). This is a pick that cannot benefit us this year (unless it helps in producting a reasonable contract with Howard). The Saints need help right now on the defensive side of the ball.

While I agree that this pick was not a stretch, we should have made a trade. BAP is NOT the best strategy in every case! I\'m sick of hearing that. Trades for players are difficult to arrange, so a pick that in the first round at a position WHERE THERE IS ABSOLUTLY NO NEED will be of very little value in improving a team.

This was a sensible pick at our spot, but we should simply have moved from that spot to avoid creating the problem we just did (no impact 1st rounder).

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Old 04-24-2004, 03:06 PM   #14
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We have no trouble growing them big boys here. I hope in two years we don\'t read how he is to fat!
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Old 04-24-2004, 04:00 PM   #15
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With Wilfork available I think we should have taken the best on the board to fill a need.
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Old 04-24-2004, 04:06 PM   #16
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Will Smith is a great pick. Top ten talent at 18! Plus the guys we all wanted were gone by then. Vilma, DJ, even my boy Clayton. Plus the factor that Will could play ILB. I hear this guy has great character and a nonstop motor. 1 Round should always be the best available player. Would you guys feel better if we got Gamble, not me.
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Old 04-24-2004, 04:25 PM   #17
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Ah, he will be soooooooooo good.

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Old 04-24-2004, 05:15 PM   #18
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Isn\'t that Howard\'s number?
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Old 04-24-2004, 05:49 PM   #19
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i think we got great value out of our pick, smith was a top 10 guy a guy with a great motor and good character is exceptionally quick off the ball, and is exceptional against the run!!! also it gives us great depth on the D line with howard always being injured and grant playing inconsistant at times. while i love whitehead, he doesnt have half the talent that smith has, and i think the move just makes us much stronger on the Dline, in my opinion, its a great pick. you can never have enough depth on the offensive and defensive lines..

while i would have loved to have wilfork, i am not at all disappointed with this pick....

p.s. udeze is injured with shoulder problems and is a reason that he dropped so far

p.s.s. yes that is howards #

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Old 04-24-2004, 07:35 PM   #20
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Yes, I agree we got great value with the pick. I like the idea of trying him at LB, he\'s got size and all the attributes. I like having Howard staying... I don\'t see him going anywheres.
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