The Saints used their 2nd Round pick to select cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste out of Nebraska. Jean-Baptiste is a big, former wide receiver turned cornerback, coming in at 6'3 (tallest corner in the draft), 218lbs with 32 inch arms. A tall, long-armed corner who used to play wide receiver? Hmmm. Sound familiar? Sounds just like Richard Sherman, one of the best corners in the NFL.
The NFC South has added some tall pass catchers so far in the draft. The Tampa Bay Bucs selected WR Mike Evans (6'5) and TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (6'4), in addition to their current WR Vincent Jackson (6'5). The Carolina Panthers drafted Kelvin Benjamin (6'5). The Saints needed a big corner, and they got a great one.
Despite only playing corner for about two years, Jean-Baptiste looked good. After watching film on some of his games, I came away very impressed. He played a ton of man coverage, both press and off, which the Saints often play.
He's a very physical player, but he can get caught up in blocks and struggle to disengage. However, I often saw him lining up near the line, doing his part. He won't wow you with his speed, but he's quick enough. He got beat a few times and did make some mistakes, but you would expect that from someone still getting experience at the position.
I just have to stress again how physical he is. He's not afraid of contact. He had some hard hits, jarring the ball loose from receivers and tossing aside would-be blockers. Another positive is his height and jumping ability. At 6'3 with 32 inch arms, he also can jump and leap. At the Combine, he had a 41.5 inch vertical jump (easily the best of any cornerback) and a 128 inch broad jump (tied for 3rd best among corners).
Stanley Jean-Baptiste is still a little raw, but he improved each year. Now he gets a chance to play under Rob Ryan with Keenan Lewis and Champ Bailey. The NFL's 4th best passing defense just got even better.