Text Us: 870870
Studio: (504)260.1870
Toll Free: (866)889.0870
A   A   A
 Follow 
Share

Posted: Monday, 12 May 2014 2:35PM

New Orleans Saints 2014 NFL Draft Review



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) -

1 (20) - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State; 2 (58) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska; 4 (126) Khairi Fortt, ILB, California; 5 (167) - Vinny Sunseri, SS, Alabama; 5 (169) - Ronald Powell, OLB, Florida; 6 (202) - Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas State

Top Picks Analysis: You gotta keep the franchise happy and the New Orleans Saints did exactly that by trading up to draft dynamic Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who some have compared to ex-Carolina star Steve Smith, in the first round.

Cooks is undersized but he's got explosive speed and should fit in nicely as the replacement for the departed Lance Moore.

Lengthy cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was the Saints' other premium pick and he should push the aging Champ Bailey pretty quickly as the potential starter opposite Keenan Lewis.

Best Value Pick: Fourth-round linebacker Khairi Fortt transferred to Cal from Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky-scandal so he might have been off-the- radar for some but he's a speedy, athletic player, who could be a solid fit for a Rob Ryan defense.

Questionable Calls: Fifth-round safety Vinny Sunseri didn't have great speed to begin with and he tore his ACL late last season so he might not have the baseline skills you need to play safety in this league.

Summary: Working with Drew Brees should only help Cooks hit the ground running in the NFL while Jean-Baptiste is the type of big cornerback en vogue right now. The depth, though, just wasn't there for NOLA in this draft.

FINAL GRADE: B-

Undrafted rookie free agent signings: S Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State; S Pierre Warren, Jacksonville State; RB Tim Flanders, Sam Houston State; WR JeRon Hamm, Louisiana Monroe; QB Logan Kilgore, Middle Tennessee State; DL George Uko, New Orleans; LB Spencer Hadley, BYU; WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers; CB Brian Dixon, Northwest Missouri State; C Matt Armstrong, Grand Valley State; WR Sentavius Jones, Valdosta State; DT Micajah Reynolds, Michigan State; LB Trashaun Nixon, New Mexico State; DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Colorado; K Sergio Castillo, West Texas A&M; DE Kasim Edebali, Boston College; DE Lawrence Virgil, Valdosta State


A   A   A
 Follow 
Share
Deke's Blog
Deke: The Cajun Cannon is shocked that Saints cut Champ
The New Orleans Saints have made roster cuts and the Black and Gold's 53 man roster is set. Some of the more notable cuts the Saints made included that of letting go future Hall of Fame player Champ Bailey. "I'm kind of shocked they cut Bailey. I don't...
Read More
Deke: Tigers, Badgers much better than most know
Information helps develop knowledge, and when I began to read deeper in the media notes from LSU, I came to learn that both the LSU and Wisconsin football programs are much better than I thought. Certainly there are some numbers that you can twist, turn...
Read More
Deke: What to watch - Saints vs Ravens
Baltimore Ravens (3-0) vs New Orleans Saints (3-0) Thursday August 28, 2013 7PM Mercedes-Benz Superdome Last week's results: New Orleans beat Indianapolis 23-17 and Baltimore beat Washington 23-17 Did you know? The Baltimore Ravens are the only...
Read More
Deke: Young players could have big impact on LSU offense
First of all, let me tell you that I know absolutely nothing. What I write here is just some numbers, facts and a little of my opinion. I've seen the majority of the young players that are the LSU offensive depth chart play in high school, that I do...
Read More
Deke: 2014 Saints camp is in the books!
The 2014 New Orleans Saints training camp is in the books. "Overall I think the Saints got in a lot of good work, and they accomplished some of the things they wanted to improve on," said Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan. The Saints practiced for over...
Read More
Hokie's Blog
Bobby's Blog
Kristian's Blog
Kristian: Payton and the Saints making tough roster decisions
Every player, every coach approaches "cut down" day in the NFL a little differently. Saints coach Sean Payton and his coaching staff are charged with the task of formulating the teams' final roster they'll carry into the regular season. NFL teams...
Read More
Kristian: Saints trim roster to 75
Roster Moves: Ahead of today's 3pm deadline, the Saints officially announced roster moves to pare the roster to league-mandated 75 players. Four players cut were on the Saints 53 man roster a year ago; CB Rod Sweeting, DL Rufus Johnson Jr, LB Kevin...
Read More
Kristian: Saints release LB Victor Butler
According to a league source, the Saints will release LB Victor Butler tomorrow when they trim the roster to 75 players. The Saints will save $1.5 million in the move. Butler has been plagued by injuries this year and missed a large chunk of training...
Read More
Kristian: Brees to have baby girl soon, roster shaping up
Baby Girl: Saints quarterback Drew Brees was absent from practice today for "family reasons." Brees and his wife are expecting their fourth child this week, so quarterback Luke McCown filled in for Brees with the first team offense. He was particularly...
Read More
Kristian: Can the Saints hold off the penalties tonight?
Penalties: The Saints have been flagged for 32 penalties this preseason and Sean Payton and the players have said they have to get rid of the problem before the regular season. I know the NFL has placed a bigger emphasis on throwing the flag this...
Read More
Saints @ Falcons

Team News
Saints Schedule
Team Leaders
Division Standings
NFC Standings
ADVERTISEMENT

FACEBOOK

1 Thing

Contact Us

Contests

WWL iPhone App

Powered By InterTech Media, LLC™