NFL Draft Review: New Orleans Saints

Welcome to my 2014 NFL Draft breakdown.
I love the Draft, it comes around my birthday, ESPN puts baseball back where it belongs, in segment 3, and it means the NFL year has started.
So lets go down the NFL Rosters and see how it went for each team.

Round 1 Pick 20Brandin Cooks
Brandin Cooks     WR    Oregon State

What I said then: Ok, thank the LAWD. He can’t block and he’s not a huge guy, he’s 5’9/10 so he’s not giant by any means. He does catch a TON of balls, and he runs good routes. He’s got GREAT balance. Drew Brees is gonna love this guy.
A with the my fourth round pick, my fantasy team will be picking him.

What I think now: He’s gonna be hard to trap in space, and his quick. I don’t think he replaces Lance Moore, since he’s not a burner like Moore, but he will do a lot to replace Darren Sproles, solid pick, and thanks goodness its not Ha-Ha.

Round 2 Pick 58
Stanley Jean-Baptiste     CB    Nebraska

Converted WR, I’m guessing he got moved because he didn’t catch that well-only 4 picks in his senoir year, but can be pushed out of position, even though he’s 6’3. Some have reported he might be a saftey in the NFL, but I don’t see it since he’s not that physical, and safties in the NFL have to hit better than he does. I think this is a reach pick, and I might be wrong, but I don’t think he’s going to start very long in the NFL.

Round 4 Pick 126
Khairi Fortt     LB    California 

REACH. He’s does like to hit, but has a tendency to miss a lot of shifty runners, but thankfully if he’s in coverage against a TE, this might not hurt him. I don’t think he’s big enough for a large role, but in a rotation? I’m ok with trotting him out there.

Round 5 Pick 167Vinnie Sunseri
Vinnie Sunseri     S    Alabama  

Smarter more than fast. Makes the right guesses to be in the right place and the right time to make a play. I do have concerns if the windows he creates by being smart and guessing right vanishes when everyone is faster than you. Where did he go to school? Oh, I’ll shut up now.

Round 5 Pick 169
Ronald Powell     OLB    Florida  

All world talent. Coming out of high school was the top guy per several scouting reports. Didn’t really become the next big thing, but did show flashes of being awesome, but he blew two ACLs, and decided it was time to get paid. If he is even close to 100%, this is a steal. If not . . . .

Round 6 Pick 202
Tavon Rooks     OT    Kansas State  

Reach, yes even for a 6th round. He’s too slow on the speed rusher, and not really strong enough for a bullrusher, he under 300 pounds though, so he’s roataional at best. For now.

Overall. Lets see, 4 reaches, skipped Ha-Ha, and I only see one starter on day 1, but Jean Baptiste, Sunseri and Powell could be worth watching. I am not impressed

20: Arizona traded this selection to New Orleans in exchange for New Orleans’ first and third round selections (27th & 91st)
169: New England To Philadelphia To New Orleans for running back Darren Sproles.
242: New Orleans traded this selection to San Francisco in exchange for linebacker Parys Haralson.

Free AgentsNew Orleans Saints

Matt Armstrong OL Grand Valley State
Brandon Coleman WR  Rutgers
Brian Dixon DB  Northwest Missouri State
Kasim Edebali OLB  Boston College
Timothy Flanders Jr. RB  Sam Houston State
Spencer Hadley LB BYU
Je’Ron Hamm TE Louisiana-Monroe
Nic Jacobs TE McNeese State
Seantavius Jones WR Valdosta State
Logan Kilgore QB Middle Tennessee State
Brandon McCray DL Louisiana-Lafayette
Micajah Reynolds OL Michigan State
George Uko DL USC
Chidera Uzo-Diribe OLB Colorado
Lawrence Virgil DL Valdosta State
Pierre Warren S Jacksonville State
Ty Zimmerman S Kansas State

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  1. Not a great draft outside of Cooks but as you alluded to Powell could be a steal if he’s finally past all the injuries.

  2. By the way I took mental note of you wanting Cooks. I’ll have to draft him ahead of you because if any rookie receiver puts up big numbers it’s going to be him.

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