The Saints like NFL bloodlines, and that's in part what brought them to Wisconsin wide receiver Nick Toon in round four of the draft on Saturday.
Toon's father Al Toon played for the New York Jets from 1985 to 1992. "We just think that they're used to it, it's not too big for them,” Assistant Coach Joe Vitt said about players with NFL bloodlines.
Remember last year the Saints selected Cam Jordan and Mark Ingram; both of their fathers played in the league.
"He's similar to Colston," offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr said of Toon.
WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier also has great things to say about Toon.
"He's got excellent hand-eye coordination, and Velcro hands," Detillier explained. "I had him going much earlier in the draft, so I think he's really a value pick for the Saints."
In his senior season with the Badgers, Toon paced the offense with a career-high 64 receptions. "Our receivers coach (Henry Ellard) loved this guy," said Vitt.
This is the big-body receiver that the Saints love in their offensive system. Toon and Coach Payton had a film-watching session at the NFL combine in February. It was a meeting that Toon says went well.
Toon graduated with a degree in Community education/leadership. So, think about that for a moment: As much emphasis as this team places on community endeavors from their players, Toon is yet another high character type of guy the Saints covet.
Toon is expected to come in and compete right away with the likes of Adrian Arrington, as well as help out in easing the loss of Robert Meachem.