Breakdown: Reggie Bush was a game changer in college football, so much so that he became the most sought after NFL prospect to come out of college in football in a long, long time. Everyone expected the Houston Texans to snag Bush with the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. Never in a million years did Saints fans think he would be availible to the team, who held the number two pick. However Houston drafted defensive end Mario Williams in a strage twist of fate, and thus began the Saints relationship with Reggie Bush. Needless to say fans were amped the team had acquired such a dynamic offensive weapon, coming off such a disasterous 2005 season, on the heels of Hurrican Katrina. That season the Saints sold out their regular season tickets as everyone wanted to get a look at Bush and his on-field skills. He wasn’t the only “key” player to emerge from that draft, check out the article to see what the writer had to say about the others taken and the way it helped pull New Orleans out of the abyss.
Breakdown: The 2011 NFL draft will be one to remember, teams will not be able to sign their drafted players, trade current players, and have to trust their draft board more so than ever. The reason of course is that teams have not been able to dip into the free agent pool and fill postitions with veteran players as they have done in the past, instead they will have to patch holes through the draft. Want for a particular player will be trumped by need. The Saints own the 24th pick — where nearly every posistion on the rosters is an option — although projections have them taking either a defensive tackle or outside linebacker. New Orleans is anything but conventional when it comes to the draft, but as this article points out, the lockout may alter their draft philosophy some this year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them draft a corner, offensive tackle or even a running back. Earlier this week Sports Illustrated’s Peter King made a statement saying that we shouldn’t be surprised if the Saints take a running back, pointing out the possibility is much higher than we all think.
Breakdown: More draft news, not surprising because it’s now less than one week away. This article was done right here on WDD and debated the merits of the Saints picking defensive end Da’Quan Bowers with the 24th pick. Bowers was once in consideration to become the number one overall pick in the draft, although medical concerns with his surgically repaired right knee have all but wiped him out of the top fifteen. Some say his stock has fallen so much so that he is likely not to be selected at all in the first round, while others steadfast that he will be selected somehere before the 20th pick. That’s right where this article picks up, in consideration if Bowers is availible when the Saints select, do they take him?
Breakdown: Yasinskas is at it again, this time breaking down the Saints 2011 NFL Schedule. Earlier this week the complete schedule was released, throwing fans into a frenzy, not necessarily because they all now know the match ups but more that the league had the gall to release it in the middle of a lockout. The very real possibility exists that the entire, if not the start of, the 2011 season may never happen. A new CBA must be put into place before football can resume normal operations. That if course is easier said than done as negotiations continue to stall as both sides refuse to budge on pertinent topics.
Breakdown: The deabte continues on which corner is best, Peterson or Amukamara. While Peterson usually wins in the eyes of many, Amukamara is an upper echelon corner and top draft pick in his own right. It’s highly unlikey that either will be availible to the Saints at the bottom of the first, but that doesn’t mean corner is not an option. New Orleans is secondary is among the best in the league — Greer, Porter, Robinson, Harper and Jenkins — are a very talented bunch, but in todays pass happy NFL reinforcements are more than necessary.