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Jordan Fiegel

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Jordan: SJB has echoes of Seahawks' Sherman

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.

READ MORE: Saints select Stanley Jean-Baptiste in Round 2
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. 
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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.

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People : Austin Sefarian-JenkinsChamp BaileyKeenan LewisKelvin BenjaminMike EvansRichard ShermanStanley Jean-BaptisteVincent Jackson

05/09/2014 8:50PM
Jordan: SJB has echoes of Seahawks' Sherman
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