First round: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
The skinny: Ellis had a history of getting to the quarterback as an interior lineman at USC and the Saints expect him to do the same for them. The Saints traded up three picks to acquire him, so they feel they have a player that can contribute immediately, and even start by midseason. Head coach Sean Payton made it clear Ellis will compete immediately.
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Second round: Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana
The skinny: The Saints felt they still needed help in their leaky secondary, even after signing Randall Gay and Aaron Glenn. Porter is considered one of the most athletic corners in the draft, with great speed and quickness to handle the deep routes the Saints failed to cover last year. He’ll be an immediate competitor at the third cornerback spot and could press Jason David for playing time.
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Fifth round: DeMario Pressley, DT, North Carolina State
The skinny: The Saints went back to the defensive tackle well for another selection, this time thinking that Pressley could add immediate depth to an aging position. Pressley spent part of his 2007 season injured and still produced. He’s lean enough to shoot gaps and quick enough to play outside occasionally. Like most fifth-round picks, he needs to be more consistent. But the Saints visited with him before the draft, held a private workout and were impressed enough to pick him.
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Fifth round: Carl Nicks, T, Nebraska
The skinny: The Saints could use some help up front, but waited pretty late to take a player that could best be described as a project. Nicks had academic problems at New Mexico State, transferred to junior college and turned that into a nice career at Nebraska. But he only started one year for the Huskers and he’s considered an unpolished product. The Saints are solid at the position, so Nicks will have time to grow as a player and could be helpful as depth at guard.
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Sixth round: Taylor Mehlhaff, PK, Wisconsin
The skinny: The Saints have Martin Gramatica on their roster, but it’s obvious they want to create competition for him. Mehlhaff is not particularly long — he’s consistent from 45 yards and in, but struggles outside of that — but he is highly accurate, and after living through the struggles with Olindo Mare last year the Saints want consistency out of their kicker. Gramatica is prone to fits of inconsistency, so Mehlhaff has a chance to win the job.
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Seventh round: Adrian Arrington, WR, Michigan
The skinny: Arrington bolted after his head coach retired and his future quarterback transferred. He had a solid year at Michigan but just about every scout says that he would have benefited from one more year in school. He’s still rough around the edges, with route running one big improvement scouts say he needs to make. But he has great athletic potential and considering the wealth the Saints have at the position, they can afford to be patient.
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The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with two undrafted free agents, an annual ritual right after the draft. One is an ACC linebacker and you can find out who he is by clicking here. The other is a long snapper and you can learn about him by clicking here .
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