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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The glitz and glam of Draft day is over but that doesn’t mean the New Orleans Saints are completely satisfied with their personnel. Georgia Tech defensive back Roderick Sweeting is hoping that his path to the NFL will conclude with ...

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Old 05-03-2013, 04:29 AM   #1
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Saints all abuzz on Yellow Jackets Rod Sweeting

The glitz and glam of Draft day is over but that doesn’t mean the New Orleans Saints are completely satisfied with their personnel. Georgia Tech defensive back Roderick Sweeting is hoping that his path to the NFL will conclude with a home in New Orleans.

In the last 5 years, the Saints have created a track record of undrafted free agents gaining starting spots on the roster. Lance Moore, Pierre Thomas, Courtney Roby, and most recently Joseph Morgan are all examples of players that were able to come in, win a roster spot and make an impact for the team.

Sweeting has one thing in common with undrafted standout Lance Moore; Intelligence. He has very good instincts on the field which keeps him from being out of position on most plays. He has very smooth body control and transition in his read and reaction to the play and has good length to defend most passes.

He was an All-ACC honorable mention in 2011 and tied the team lead with three interceptions. As a senior, he recorded 58 tackles, seven pass breakups and one interception.

He will need to kick his tendency to arm tackle and focus on wrapping up the ball carrier. While he has fluid movement in coverage and ran a 4.42 second 40-time he will have trouble staying with receivers for deeper routes.

He has good height for an NFL corner at 5-foot-11 but will need to gain more weight from 189 lbs to keep up his physical play in the league.

Payton loves picking up guys with high awareness, high class, and have a “leave-it-all-out-on-the-field” mentality. He will need that intelligence to pick up Rob Ryan’s defense where he will likely see limited time.

I could see Sweeting earning a roster spot and contributing on special teams and limited time in Rob Ryan’s defense with the skills that he has going into the start of training camp this year. He was ranked the 28th best corner in the 2013 draft but still has some improvements to make before he challenges for a starting position on defense.

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The amount put into 40times makes me chuckle.He will have trouble keeping up because he ran .10 seconds slower in shorts on a track.Good awareness of the game,picking up routes/ball quickly will make that irrelevant.
Even if you do want to look at 40 times
4.35 Revis
4.42
4.45 Nnamdi
4.49 Charles Tillman
4.56 Richard Sherman
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Payton loves picking up guys with high awareness, high class, and have a “leave-it-all-out-on-the-field” mentality.

bingo that why i wanted the saints to get him. i wanted him so bad i was willing to use a pick on him in the 6th.
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Re: Saints all abuzz on Yellow Jackets Rod Sweeting

I know we're all wanting tackling guys, but I think we really need a
ballhawk in the worst way..... a guy who would be a rebounder, if
he played basketball.

He sounds good.
And LANCE MOORE went undrafted? WOW!
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The amount put into 40times makes me chuckle.He will have trouble keeping up because he ran .10 seconds slower in shorts on a track.Good awareness of the game,picking up routes/ball quickly will make that irrelevant.
Even if you do want to look at 40 times
4.35 Revis
4.42
4.45 Nnamdi
4.49 Charles Tillman
4.56 Richard Sherman
.2s is the margin between best to worst on that list and can be attributed to just coming off the blocks. Players that ran track usually have faster times just because of this.

"Athletes who run track continually work on their starting stance, and with good reason: a runner’s speed “out of the blocks” has a lot of influence on their finishing time. An athlete can trim a tenth or even two-tenths of a second off their 40 time just by getting their start down cold."

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Re: Saints all abuzz on Yellow Jackets Rod Sweeting

"All A Buzz" over a yellow jacket?
My tires went flat at night so I should "retire".
I wanted to go fishing but "floundered."
Jonah had a "whale" of a time!!
The muffler was "Exhausted."
The lettuce was a "head", the tomato had to "Catch up"
Of course in Alabama the "Tuscaloosa"
I say this all in "Pun"
Does the season start soon?
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Originally Posted by vpheughan View Post
"All A Buzz" over a yellow jacket?
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Does the season start soon?
Clearly not soon enough
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OK. Not overly excited about him, and I have my doubts about him fitting inside the final 53.
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Practice Squad, maybe?
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As a Ramblin' Wreck, I approve of this message.

And we should all remember the last UDFA DB that the Saints got from Tech:
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