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Halo 01-07-2013 12:36 PM

3 Small-School Gems the Saints Could Target
 
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By Jason Bernos (Featured Columnist) bleacherreport.com - The New Orleans Saints are really good at two things in the Sean Payton regime: Ticking Roger Goodell off and finding small-school, diamond-in-the-roughs. The latter usually gives the Who Dat Nation pause before they realize that this is the norm for the Black and Gold.

Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
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This guy is in the Saints backyard. So, I will lose my faith in this team if they don't at least bring him in for a workout, let alone draft him.

I would say he is perfect in the third round for New Orleans, but he might not last long.

He's got speed to burn, can return kicks and play a little offense, if need be. That's a whole lot of versatility that Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis love.

Oh yeah, he's pretty good at that cornerback thing, as well.

He is a playmaker whom you don't want to make a mistake in the presence of. He will not only make you pay with an interception, but he usually brings it back to the house.

Five interceptions returned for touchdowns this year to go with a couple punt returns.

There's not much negative to him besides his small-school stature. He can cast doubt on that myth when he straps it up against the big boys at the Senior Bowl this month.

J.C. Tretter, OL, Cornell
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When you get down to the offensive lineman at this level, all you are really looking for is if he dominates against lesser competition. Think about it. If he's not, or if he takes plays off, then he's not worth a selection in the draft.

At that point, he would be an overly talented, underappreciative brat who you would have to coach up.

J.C. Tretter doesn't have any of those traits. He has just blown away the competition while he's been at Cornell.

Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
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This guy is the "Robert Alford of defensive lineman" in the small-school realm.

The Division II Defensive Player of the Year was constantly around the ball. Whether he was sacking the quarterback or forcing fumbles, you could always count on Brandon Williams being in on every play.

Oh right, did I mention that he is as massive as the iceberg that sank the Titanic, but not nearly as slow. He is very nimble for his size (6'2" 330 lbs) and could be a part of the defensive tackle rotation from Day 1.

It's not sure what Williams' ceiling is, as far as the draft goes, but I could see him going mid-to-late second round with a good showing at the Senior Bowl.


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papz 01-07-2013 01:17 PM

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It seems that Louisiana has a knack for producing small school impact players at corner. You hear about a new one every year from down here.

Rugby Saint II 01-07-2013 01:58 PM

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They sure do seem like they can go in the early rounds........that's unusual for small schools.

dizzle88 01-07-2013 02:03 PM

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wow a cornerback that actually turns his head to locate the ball! and tackles!! we haven't seen that on our roster since 2009

TheOak 01-07-2013 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Rugby Saint II (Post 470821)
They sure do seem like they can go in the early rounds........that's unusual for small schools.

They do seem that way but probably will not... Most teams do not want to take a roasting from their fans for not picking a big name...

dizzle88 01-07-2013 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by TheOak (Post 470834)
They do seem that way but probably will not... Most teams do not want to take a roasting from their fans for not picking a big name...

Hopefully means we can get them as a steal in the draft then!

hagan714 01-07-2013 04:51 PM

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J.C. Tretter, OL, Cornell - wow that is some digging. he is good. nice project player

skymike 01-07-2013 05:57 PM

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this is where our F.O. makes a difference, especially in our salary cap situation.

Crusader 01-08-2013 01:26 AM

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That Cornell guy seems allright but from this limited film I am quite unsure if he has the footwork needed to play tackle in the NFL.

That Brandon Williams kid I'd like to see more film on. 6'2 330 is a whole lot of mass you have to move in the middle.


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