Oklahoma offensive tackle Jammal Brown
was clearly targeted
by the Saints organization. Trading up over Carolina to select him, the Saints
appear poised to focus more on running the ball with Deuce McAlister. Brown
should start immediately and hold down the right tackle position for years to
come. Nebraska safety Josh Bullocks
is a natural center fielder who immediately
improves the Saints horrific secondary. Bullocks, who is also tough against the
run, should have no problem winning the starting free safety job quickly in
linebacker Alfred Fincher
adds depth to the Saints middle linebacker spot.
California receiver Chase Lyman
is a talented receiver who is injury
Productive when healthy, Lyman will now miss the '05 season with yet another injury
after tearing and ACL in his left knee during his first pro-workout. Former FSU quarterback Adrian McPherson
could be the team's best pick of the
draft. After being dismissed from the Florida State program McPherson became an
NFL afterthought. Then after putting up great numbers in the Arena League last season
he flew back onto the league radar. Talent has never been McPherson's
problem and should he adequately mature he could be the Saints quarterback of
the future. Wisconsin defensive tackle Jason Jefferson
is a high energy player
that can be effective playing next to a big bodied defensive tackle. Should
Jon Sullivan ever learn to control his weight and return to the form he showed
as a collegiate the two could provide the Saints with an outstanding tandem for
years. Arizona State defensive end Jimmy Verdon
could see time in the team's
rotation as a rookie.
The Saints instantly improved their offensive line and
safety position with their first two selections. The addition of solid value
choices like Jason Jefferson and Adrian McPherson in the second day of the draft
only enhances this overall grade.
L.P. Ladouceur; OG Ike Ndukwe, OG Nick Steitz, WR Scott Beveridge, WR Tramissian
Davis, WR Keron Henry
, CB Matt Clark
, CB Dwight Ellick
, FB Keith Joseph
Grading the draft: New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints once again knew disappointment in 2004. With a new offensive coordinator in town and a team as dysfunctional as it is talented, New Orleans needs a solid rookie class that will quickly contribute
this season to keep from taking a step back and getting Jim Haslett fired.
The New Orleans Saints once again knew disappointment in 2004. With a new offensive coordinator ....