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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; There are five players I really don't trust to draft in the first round... Dion Jordan and most any Oregon player for that matter... Jarvis Jones, who I consider a bigger risk than Ogletree... Johnathan Hankins who's from Ohio State, ...

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Old 04-06-2013, 04:49 PM   #761
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There are five players I really don't trust to draft in the first round...

Dion Jordan and most any Oregon player for that matter...

Jarvis Jones, who I consider a bigger risk than Ogletree...

Johnathan Hankins who's from Ohio State, don't want Ohio State

Barkvicious Mingo just reminds me of Reynaldo Turnbull...

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Old 04-06-2013, 05:04 PM   #762
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2013 Saint's Draft Mock (JeanPierre)

[Updated 2013/04/06]

R1(15) LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia

R2 Forfeit

R3(75) OL Barrett Jones, Bama

R4(109) LB Chase Thomas, Stanford

R5(144) NT T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech

R6(183) QB Ryan Griffin, Tulane


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There are five players I really don't trust to draft in the first round...

Dion Jordan and most any Oregon player for that matter...

Jarvis Jones, who I consider a bigger risk than Ogletree...

Johnathan Hankins who's from Ohio State, don't want Ohio State

Barkevicious Mingo just reminds me of Reynaldo Turnbull...

Tennessee Wide Receiver To Be Named - Never Draft a WR in the first round from UT...
J.P.- Mingo reminds me of Pat Swilling. Both are a little thin, but both are probably faster than 90% of the team. Speed kills, and the Saints defense surely needs some. And be careful discounting all players from any college. I'm pretty sure Eddie George went to Ohio State. Oh-and I recently read one of your blogs where you dissed the Ryans. Buddy Ryan coached the 85 Bears defense. I'm optimistic!
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J.P.- Mingo reminds me of Pat Swilling. Both are a little thin, but both are probably faster than 90% of the team. Speed kills, and the Saints defense surely needs some. And be careful discounting all players from any college. I'm pretty sure Eddie George went to Ohio State. Oh-and I recently read one of your blogs where you dissed the Ryans. Buddy Ryan coached the 85 Bears defense. I'm optimistic!
With the talent they had - I could've coached the '85 Bears Defense...
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Trade back to gain a 2nd to pick up Barrett Jones and then pick Faulk with the 3rd or 4th (or even 5th) - there you'll have the future center and LT starting from 2014.

Until then you make due with Brown as the LT and DLP as the RFA tendered center before he enters the free agency next offseason, and continue developing Marcel Jones behind Strief to be the starting RT.

Come 2014, the O-line will look like this: LT-Faulk; LG-Grubbs; C-B.Jones; RG-Evans; and RT-M.Jones.

The good thing about Barrett Jones is that he is more than capable of playing any of the interior positions - and subbing for the outer ones as well - and potentially taking over for either Grubbs or Evans if the need arises. That interior is the key behind the success the Saints have had with Brees, so I think B. Jones would be a very nice pick up for that continued success.
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Trade back to gain a 2nd to pick up Barrett Jones and then pick Faulk with the 3rd or 4th (or even 5th) - there you'll have the future center and LT starting from 2014.

Until then you make due with Brown as the LT and DLP as the RFA tendered center before he enters the free agency next offseason, and continue developing Marcel Jones behind Strief to be the starting RT.

Come 2014, the O-line will look like this: LT-Faulk; LG-Grubbs; C-B.Jones; RG-Evans; and RT-M.Jones.

The good thing about Barrett Jones is that he is more than capable of playing any of the interior positions - and subbing for the outer ones as well - and potentially taking over for either Grubbs or Evans if the need arises. That interior is the key behind the success the Saints have had with Brees, so I think B. Jones would be a very nice pick up for that continued success.

And we have a lot of potential on defense that we just don't know enough about yet. It may not hurt to roll with what we have, draft a difference maker if one falls to us, and refocus next year on exactly what we have in Galette, Wilson, Jordan, Hicks, Bunkley, Hawthorne, Robinson etc. Then attack the 2014 draft with a better understanding of our weaknesses and address them accordingly.
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And we have a lot of potential on defense that we just don't know enough about yet. It may not hurt to roll with what we have, draft a difference maker if one falls to us, and refocus next year on exactly what we have in Galette, Wilson, Jordan, Hicks, Bunkley, Hawthorne, Robinson etc. Then attack the 2014 draft with a better understanding of our weaknesses and address them accordingly.

Exactly, it'll be very difficult to know where the main needs on the defensive side lie at the moment before the staff (i.e. Ryan) has even had a chance to evaluate the players already on the roster wearing pads and lining up in his defensive base formation. So, I would agree with you on getting a defensive difference maker if one would happen to fall to the Saints. And someone like Jarvis Jones would certainly look even more intriguing if the Saints should find a trading partner to move down on the 1st round and Jones were to drop down on the draft day. But other than that, guys like Barrett Jones and Chris Faulk would be really nice additions to the offensive side.

They do probably need to pick up a rookie NT and a LB or a DE for depth and development, but those moves can be done in later rounds as well, since those guys wouldn't be expected to be day-1 starters.

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And we have a lot of potential on defense that we just don't know enough about yet. It may not hurt to roll with what we have, draft a difference maker if one falls to us, and refocus next year on exactly what we have in Galette, Wilson, Jordan, Hicks, Bunkley, Hawthorne, Robinson etc. Then attack the 2014 draft with a better understanding of our weaknesses and address them accordingly.
Since when does it hurt to stock the cupboard!!!!

Yes we have some items in house that are good, but we have a chance to be good, if not great right out the blocks after this draft if it is played correctly.... We know what the weaknesses are.

We don't have enough draft picks so dropping down is essential.... I can't see them playing this draft straight up..

- We don't have a space eater...... NT but he can be had in the third or even later....
- we have 2 SS in the secondary
- We need one more tall man up corner ( Corey White will win the slot job )
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Since when does it hurt to stock the cupboard!!!!

Yes we have some items in house that are good, but we have a chance to be good, if not great right out the blocks after this draft if it is played correctly.... We know what the weaknesses are.

We don't have enough draft picks so dropping down is essential.... I can't see them playing this draft straight up..

- We don't have a space eater...... NT but he can be had in the third or even later....
- we have 2 SS in the secondary
- We need one more tall man up corner ( Corey White will win the slot job )

Agreed...It never hurts to stock the cupboard. No one suggested otherwise.

With the switch to a 3-4, we DON'T know exactly what the weaknesses are. We played a 4-3 last year with a DC that insisted on playing square pegs in round holes.

Rob Ryans 3-4 doesn't require the prototypical "space eater" at NT. Thats been discussed ad nauseum. We do need depth however and that can be obtained with june 1st cuts or street free-agents.

We have only 1 true SS on the roster. Malcolm Jenkins would make a horrible SS. He may be the worst tackling safety we've had since Tebucky Jones. To consider him a SS is as ridiculous as considering Darren Sproles a power back.

CB's are typically 6-0 and under. Most of the greatest CB's of all time are around 5-10 or 5-11. Its a myth that you need tall CB's to compete today. Most 5-11 CB's have a freaking vertical nearly 1/2 foot higher than most of these tall WR/TE's playing today.
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With the switch to a 3-4, we DON'T know exactly what the weaknesses are. We played a 4-3 last year with a DC that insisted on playing square pegs in round holes.

I disagree.... We know our weaknesses. 1 season under Spags didn't ruin this defense.... It was well on its way before that.... the zone scheme just helped.

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Rob Ryans 3-4 doesn't require the prototypical "space eater" at NT. Thats been discussed ad nauseum. We do need depth however and that can be obtained with june 1st cuts or street free-agents.
No it doesn't require a NT, but it helps..... if bunkley transitions well so be it, but if he doesn't I am in a better position to move him if I have someone good to great already ready on the roster.

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We have only 1 true SS on the roster. Malcolm Jenkins would make a horrible SS. He may be the worst tackling safety we've had since Tebucky Jones. To consider him a SS is as ridiculous as considering Darren Sproles a power back.
Again I disagree. And your man crush on Roman Harper dispite his many whiffs on tackles and ankle grabs versus wrapping and tackling won't change my mind to that we have to safeties in the secondary that are almost exactly alike. You rout for who you rout for, but you can't sit there and tell me that Harper performed any better than any member of the secondary. The occasional blitz sack does not make up for the number of times he can get beat during any contest. Harper and Jenkins are damn near the same type of player. Jenkins is a little bit better against the pass, as Harper is a little bit better against the run, both are more suited to be strong safeties than free safeties. So get yourslf a real deep ball FS and decide between the 2 who plays the strong.... IMO Jenkins isn't making as much as Harper is, so guess who's more opt to play that role.....


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CB's are typically 6-0 and under. Most of the greatest CB's of all time are around 5-10 or 5-11. Its a myth that you need tall CB's to compete today. Most 5-11 CB's have a freaking vertical nearly 1/2 foot higher than most of these tall WR/TE's playing today.
This time I am not disagreeing with you, because you are right, but let's go back to the beginning of the offseason..... What type of CB..... has your team targeted!!!!.... It seems like your team has jumped on the myth boat, why are you still sitting on the dock!!!!

- Derek Cox 6'0 man up corner
- Keenan Lewis 6'0 man up corner
- Tracy Porter ( needed to generate interest don't think saints were really interested)
-Nnamdi Asomugha 6'2 man up corner

Looks like Rob and Mikey like the Seattle version of the 3-4 a tad bit better than the others you know the one with Brandon Browner 6'4..... Richard Sherman..... 6'3
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