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saintswhodi 06-07-2005 10:08 AM

Prisco: Around the League
 
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Around the league
There have been rave reviews coming from New Orleans about Saints first-round pick Jammal Brown, a right tackle who is already penciled in as the starter. Brown will upgrade the running game, something coach Jim Haslett wants to do this season. While Brown has been getting all the attention, second-round pick Josh Bullucks has also impressed the Saints staff. There is a chance he could be the opening-day starter at strong safety. The Saints re-signed Jay Bellamy to play there, but while Bellamy is a smart, heady player, he doesn't have great range. Bullucks has already displayed his ability to get to the football. He also can tackle. With free agent Dwight Smith already added to the roster, Saints coaches believe their safety play will be a major upgrade over last season. Cornerbacks Fakhir Brown and Mike McKenzie give New Orleans two quality man cover players, something the Saints plan to do more of in 2006.

Brown wants a new contract and has missed offseason workouts because of that, but the Saints have told him they have other contract priorities. Among them are getting running back Deuce McAllister and center LeCharles Bentley signed to long-term extensions. Brown was told by the team to be patient, and if he plays well early this season he could be in line for a new deal come November or December -- provided the Saints have addressed their other contract concerns. The Saints also brought in veteran receiver Az-Zahir Hakim this week for a visit as they continue to try and upgrade their receiving group. Joe Horn and Donte' Stallworth are the starters and the team likes what it has seen so far from 2004 second-round pick Devery Henderson, but the staff is concerned about potential injury problems to those three. Henderson has the speed to become a big-play threat, but he didn't play at all last season as he spent the season watching and learning.

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If a team is looking for a quality defensive tackle, they should strongly consider Southern California's Manuel Wright in the coming supplemental draft. Wright, who made himself available for the draft because of academic concerns, is a big-time player. Some scouts are worried he wasn't as productive as he should have been at USC, but he played behind some good players, such as Eagles first-round pick Mike Patterson. Wright was a big-time recruit coming out of Long Beach Poly, but he had to go to junior college before enrolling at USC. He eventually worked his way in as a starter last season when Shaun Cody, a second-round pick this year, moved to end. Wright had a big sack against Cal late and he played well in the Orange Bowl. At 6-feet-6, 310 pounds, he is worth a second-round pick in the supplemental draft. Any team doing so would forfeit their second-round pick in next April's regular draft. He's worth the risk, although he has to get into a situation where the coach stays on him a bit.

ScottyRo 06-07-2005 11:38 AM

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He's worth the risk, although he has to get into a situation where the coach stays on him a bit.
I don't think we really need another of this type of player - especially with Sullivan around.

saintswhodi 06-07-2005 12:01 PM

Hey, the sunshine folks are telling me Haslett, Pease, and the rest of the defensive coaching additions are turning this ship around. They say Haslett has finally settled into a groove as head coach. Pease is a master motivator. Based on these feelings, I think Wright would eb a good pick-up, unless none of that is true. I can go either way on this one. :wink:

Danno 06-07-2005 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by saintswhodi
Hey, the sunshine folks are telling me Haslett, Pease, and the rest of the defensive coaching additions are turning this ship around. They say Haslett has finally settled into a groove as head coach. Pease is a master motivator.

:roll:
And the moonshiners are telling me that it doesn't matter. The front office sucks, the coaches suck, and the players suck. So it doesn't matter who we pick up, I'm told they'll suck if they come here so why waste the pick in a supplemental draft on a player who's gonna suck, when we can concentrate all the total suckage into one single draft day next year like we normally do? :wink:

saintswhodi 06-07-2005 12:19 PM

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And the moonshiners are telling me that it doesn't matter. The front office sucks, the coaches suck, and the players suck. So it doesn't matter who we pick up, I'm told they'll suck if they come here so why waste the pick in a supplemental draft on a player who's gonna suck, when we can concentrate all the total suckage into one single draft day next year like we normally do?
You really shouldn't talk about WhoDat like that. He resembles those remarks. :wink:

Euphoria 06-07-2005 12:21 PM

I am only going to say no to this due to the cost of taking a pick in the supplemental, just don't think its worth it.

WhoDat 06-07-2005 01:12 PM

And I'm telling you all that Danno turns into Grumpy Old Man when you use the word "optimism" or "sunshine" in a post. :)

saintswhodi 06-07-2005 01:47 PM

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And I'm telling you all that Danno turns into Grumpy Old Man when you use the word "optimism" or "sunshine" in a post.
I know. :twisted:

Danno 06-07-2005 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by WhoDat
And I'm telling you all that Danno turns into Grumpy Old Man when you use the word "optimism" or "sunshine" in a post. :)

Wrong, only when you mis-use the word optimism or sunshine.

mayoj 06-07-2005 02:49 PM

how is sunshine correctly used?


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