Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: New Orleans Saints

20th Overall Pick: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.

When I saw the Saints trade up, I assumed it was going to be for Clinton-Dix or Dennard, both would have been excellent selection. Instead, the Saints went with another receiving option for Brees. Many people saw Cooks going in the first half of round one, so this is a solid value. The Saints gave up a third round selection to move up to 20, which isn't bad considering that pick is obviously very late in round three. This is an overall solid selection.


2nd Round: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Jean-Baptiste is the typical big cornerback that NFL teams are starting to love. He was a late riser in the draft process, and even garnered first round grades from a couple of scouts. I never bought into him going that high, but this range fits him very well. The Saints did an excellent job in getting solid value at a position of need here, as they continue to have a solid draft so far.


4th Round: Khairi Fortt, ILB, California

Fortt will provide solid depth for the time being and could become a starter soon down the road. This is the correct range for him as well. Solid pick.


5th Round: Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama

This is too early for Sunseri. I had him going in the seventh round. He'll provide decent depth at least.


5th Round: Ronald Powell, DE/OLB, Florida

I'm surprised they didn't grab a pass rusher earlier than this, but at least Powell will be able to help out a bit in that area. This fits the range for him.


6th Round: Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas State

I didn't have Rooks close to getting drafted. I don't know much about him, but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't make the squad.


The Saints had a very solid draft. The only thing I can really get upset about is that they didn't draft a center. They will need to find someone to start there still. They also should have grabbed a pass rusher earlier, but that's no big deal. I'm a fan of most of their selections except for the reaches in the fifth and sixth rounds. The Saints really could have used that third rounder, but it still went to good use.


1 comment:

  1. WOW, Saints was among the best in the NFL at rushing the passer. How many more pass rusher do they need? I think it's just something talking heads just say despite a teams actual situation. The team is set in that area, more focus on offensive line will be needed.


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