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pakowitz 04-24-2004 07:03 PM

Saints fail to address biggest need by taking Smith
By Ken Bikoff
April 24, 2004

It’s no secret the Saints need help in the secondary. Everybody knows this just from watching highlights of the Saints getting beat deep time and time again. The addition of CB Jason Craft from the Jaguars provided a little bit of help, but with the 18th overall pick in the draft, the Saints were expected to get their shutdown corner of the future. And with Ohio State CB Chris Gamble sitting on the board — someone who is known for his quick hands, his leaping ability and his explosiveness — the move appeared to be a no-brainer. It seemed that Gamble would be a perfect fit for the Saints

Instead, they addressed one need that is non-existent — pass rusher.

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SaintsReporter 04-24-2004 11:00 PM

Saints fail to address biggest need by taking Smith

Maybe the Saints decided to go for the best athlete available, which would explain why Smith is headed to the Big Easy. Maybe they are planning on moving Smith to linebacker, which would make sense considering the Saints could use some speed and consistency at that position. Still, that leaves the Saints relying on a player who must make two adjustments — moving to the NFL and trying to learn a new position.

But in terms of a selection that could have made the Saints better tomorrow, Gamble was the move to make
My thoughts EXACTLY. Or, maybe, Venturi has developed a new defense that uses 3-defensive ends......

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