New Orleans Saints 2009 Mock Draft: No RB's Heading To The Big Easy Here

It’s hard to say just what the Saints will do come draft day. Clearly the biggest need is on the defensive side of the ball after two disappointing seasons. The Saints defense ranked in the bottom of the league in virtually every statistical category.

Offensively New Orleans is a powerhouse, ranking as the number one offense in the league.

They just couldn’t keep opposing teams from scoring or even get them off the field - resulting in an 8-8 season in 2008 and a 7-9 season in 2007.

Head Coach Sean Payton clearly is an offensive minded kind of guy. His man crush on Ohio State running back Chris “Beanie” Wells is an ominous sign.

Payton is locked onto the thought of adding a big bruising power back to his offense, and Wells should be available at the 14th pick .

Wells is a tremendous talent and would be a welcome addition to the Saints offense, although one I think they can pass on for the time being. The offense is fine – defense, defense, defense. They fix the defense there is nothing that can really stop them.

Hopefully new DC Gregg Williams has some pull when it comes to the decision making that goes into who they take in the draft. Surely he does and hopefully they stay squarely on the defensive side of the ball and keep the “mad visor” Payton away from the offensive side of the ball.

This all assuming the Saints don’t trade down to the bottom part of the first round or maybe pick up another pick by trading down into the second round – which many feel they will do.

I tend to agree that if they want to have a successful draft they must trade down for additional picks.

After all there is good value at linebacker in the bottom of the first round and it is a possibility that USC’s Brian Cushing could be available there.

Also they can pick up a safety at the top of the second round such as Oregon’s Patrick Chung or Western Michigan’s Louis Delmas.

For the sake of this mock draft there will be no trading up or down, just the straight 32 picks as they stand:

1. Detroit Lions: QB Matthew Stafford – Georgia

2. St.Louis Rams: OT Jason Smith – Baylor

3. Kansas City Chiefs: LB Aaron Curry – Wake Forest

4.  Seattle Seahawks: OT Eugene Monroe – Virginia

5. Cleveland Browns: LB Brian Orakpo – Texas

6. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Michael Oher - Mississippi

7. Oakland Raiders: WR Jeremy Maclin – Missouri

8. Jacksonville Jaguars: WR Michael Crabtree – Texas Tech

9. Green Bay Packers: DT B.J. Raji – Boston College

10. San Francisco 49ers: QB Mark Sanchez – USC

11. Buffalo Bills: LB/DE Everette Brown – Florida State

12.  Denver Broncos: DE Tyson Jackson – LSU

13. Washington Redskins: OT Andre Smith - Alabama

14. New Orleans Saints: DB Malcolm Jenkins – Ohio State

15. Houston Texans: DB Alphonso Smith - Wake Forest

16. San Diego Chargers: LB Ray Maualuga – USC

17. New York Jets: QB Pat White - West Virginia

18. Denver Broncos: DE Robert Ayers – Tennessee

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DT Peria Jerry – Mississippi

20. Detroit Lions: DE Aaron Maybin – Penn State

21. Philadelphia Eagles: RB Knowshon Moreno – Georgia

22. Minnesota Vikings: WR Percy Harvin – Florida

23.  New England Patriots: LB Clay Matthews – USC

24. Atlanta Falcons: TE Brandon Pettigrew – Oklahoma State

25. Miami Dolphins: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey - Maryland

26. Baltimore Ravens: WR Kenny Britt – Rutgers

27. Indianapolis Colts: DT Evander Hood – Missouri

28. Buffalo Bills: OT Ebben Britton – Arizona

29. New York Giants: WR Hakeem Nicks – North Carolina

30. Tennessee Titans: DB Vontae Davis - Illinois

31. Arizona Cardinals: RB Chris Wells – Ohio State

32. Pittsburgh Steelers: OT Max Unger – Oregon

Many expect Malcolm Jenkins to be taken by Green Bay, but with their switch to a 3-4 based defensive scheme they need a 3 technique nose tackle. The best player available at the #9 spot for this is Boston College DT B.J. Raji.

 Jenkins then falls to us with the 14th pick – the Saints couldn’t be happier to take him there.

There are other considerations at DB though, Vontae Davis is still on the board here as well as Alphonso Smith and fast rising Conneticut DB Darius Butler.

Some think Butler may be a reach at 14 but his pro day has been raved about as the best DB workout in recent memory – a huge boost to his stock.

Also there are several linebackers still available with the 14th pick. Including such names as Maualuga, Cushing, Matthews, and Laurinaitis.

Let’s just hope they get it right – which is preferably to trade down and grab Cushing then pick up a safety in the second round. Jenkins most likely will not fall to the Saints at #14.


If the Saints stay with the 14th pick, who do you think they will take with it?

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  • saintoftouchdown

    After this posting it was reported that WR Percy Harvin tested positive for Marijuana at the Combine. His stock may fall because of this and he may fall to the cusp of the first round to second round. Experts feel it won’t hurt him too much and that his draft status wont suffer. Mark Sanchez continues to rise and there is a high possibility that he could go in the top four. The Lions are wrapping up a deal with Stafford as we speak, securing that #1 pick. Hakeem Nicks may fall out of the first round all together after a bad workout. Nicks showed up out of shape at a recent NFL workout and was easily gased after running only ten routes or so…not a good sign. As the draft approaches it appears more and more likely that the Saints may take a RB with the 14th pick. Both Moreno and Wells will be availible there and Payton is set on adding a RB. After much consideration, and in retrospect, I almost agree with taking a RB. After all if we had a back last season that could have converted all those third and ones, as well as the missed goal line opportunities, we would have been in the playoffs – easily. This draft is shaping up to be one of the more exciting in recent memory.

  • Frank

    Sanchez will be long gone before #10…lots of jockeying going on between several teams now. With Oher gone, best OT is Andre Smith. Singletary wants a power running game and better QB protection. Smith will give him both.

  • saintoftouchdown

    Frank, your right Sanchez is rocketing up the board and I heard today, on top of Washington aggresively seeking Sanchez, that Denver is trying to trade up to get him. Denver has the ammo so it will be interesting to see what happens there. Character issues aside – Andre Smith is the best OL in the draft and potentially could have been the first pick to go. I wouldnt be suprised if Smith goes sooner than I have him projected and over takes Jason Smith or Michael Oher.