Breakdown: In the 2001 draft not even Deuce McAllister himself though he would land with the Saints with the 23rd overall pick, but that is exactly what happened and the rest as they say is history. McAllister went on to become one of the most endured Saints players perhaps in the history of the franchise, unfortunately two knee injuries and the subsequent surgeries ended his career in New Orleans and the NFL just a little too soon. This year in the draft the Saints may have the opportunity to take one of the two top running backs in Mark Ingram and Mikel Leshoure at 24. Will lightning strike twice?
Breakdown: The Saints could be more affected in free agency then any other team in the NFL once a new CBA is put in place. Currently the team has a league high amount of free agents, with 27, that have still yet to re-sign. Of that 27, four are safeties: Roman Harper, Usama Young, Matt Giordano and Pierson Prioleau. Harper is the only starter of the group although Young is a very promising backup with starting potential if the need arises. The Saints tendered offers to both Harper and Young before the expiration of the old CBA. Both could still walk depending on how the new CBA categorizes restricted and unrestricted free agents. This articled gets a little more in depth regarding the safety positions and makes a case as to why it may be a higher priority in the draft than DE, DT or OLB.
Breakdown: Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been a member of the NFLPA’s executive committee for over three years now, spending most of the last few months helping to negotiate a new deal with the NFL. Talks fell through, the NFLPA de-certified as a union and now Brees, along with several other players, is headlining a lawsuit against the NFL. As both sides await a decision from Judge Susan Nelson on the lawsuit they have been ordered back to mediation in an attempt to make progress on a new deal. Brees speaks about his involvement in the process and his duty to be the face of the players in the negotiations.
Breakdown: Positionally the Saints could use help at virtually every position on the roster in the upcoming draft. Addressing the depth at running back, on the defensive line and in the secondary is always a concern. The need to add young play makers in all these areas is also a concern. New Orleans has proven to be one of the tougher teams to figure out when it comes to draft strategy as they simply refuse to stick to any sort of script, instead choosing to be fluid and take the best player available regardless of need. That means of course they could take a running back, defensive lineman, offensive lineman or linebacker with their first pick at 24. This articled examines each position and why they could use help at a variety of spots.
Breakdown: Robert Meachem has been a controversial player since becoming the Saints first round pick in 2007. If not for breakout year in 2009 (722 yards, 9 touchdowns) it’s likely he would have been labeled a bust. In 2010, plagued by an ankle injury, his production declined as he totaled nearly a hundred yards less and cut his touchdown number in half. Now facing the last year of his five year contract, and coming of surgery to repair the ankle, he is ready to prove his worth to the Saints and their fans. This Q&A session gives some good insight into how he feels about a variety of topics including the current lockout.
Tags: 2001 NFL Draft 2007 NFL Draft 2011 NFL CBA Negotiations 2011 NFL Draft 2011 NFL Lockout Deuce McAllister Drew Brees Judge Susan Nelson Mark Ingram Mikel Leshoure New Orleans Saints NFL NFLPA Robert Meachem