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iceshack149 04-25-2004 02:57 PM

Prisco's Round One Grade
Grading Round 1: Chargers strike lightning with big trade
April 24, 2004
By Pete Prisco Senior Writer

It was a first round of the NFL Draft on Saturday that opened with Eli Manning getting booed by the New York crowd and ended with the New England Patriots drafting an athletic tight end in a bit of a reach.

New Orleans Saints
This team wanted one of the top two corners, but with both of those guys long gone and Williams and Vilma also off the board, the Saints take Ohio State defensive end Will Smith. He will join Darren Howard and Charles Grant in giving the Saints a heck of a three-man rotation. If coverage is a concern, make sure you get to the passer. This should also put pressure on Grant to show a better commitment to the game.

Grade: B+ ....

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