Breakdown: The Saints pulled out of one of the more successful drafts this year of any NFL team, perhaps even better than the 2006 draft that netted them Reggie Bush, Marques Colston and Roman Harper, among others. Say what you will but the Saints were able to draft two top twenty players in the bottom of the first round, taking California DE Cameron Jordan followed by Alabama running back Mark Ingram four picks later at 28. In the third round they stayed with defense drafting the fastest linebacker in the draft in Illinois’ Martez Wilson, and later grabbed corner Johnny Patrick out of Louisville. In the seventh round they again stayed with the defense taken Pittsburgh DE Greg Romeus and another Illinois linebacker Nathan Bussey. Check out the article for bios about our newest Saints.
Breakdown: Reggie Bush is due to make over eleven million dollars next season, a whopping figure for a part-time role player in the Saints offense, although an at times quite dynamic one. Simply put, there is no way the Saints will be willing to allow him to make so much, considering they have nearly thirty free agents to contend with re-signing this year. Bush has said he is willing to take a pay cut to stay in New Orleans, and the Saints seem intent on making a new deal happen to keep him. When the Saint traded up to take Mark Ingram, Bush took it as sign he would not return to the team. However Sean Payton thinks otherwise and explains above.
Breakdown: Yasinskas grades out the NFC South teams draft success this year. To no surprise he labels the Saints move back up to get Mark Ingram as the best move out of nay of the teams in the draft. Next he labels the Panthers selection of Cam Newton as the riskiest and Atlanta’s trade up for Julio Jones as the biggest surprise. Find out why above.
Breakdown: Speedy (4.39) Louisville corner back Johnny Patrick became the Saints last pick in the third round. Patrick could have been taken sooner in the draft if not for an arrest on his record last year. In his senior season Patrick totaled 51 tackles, 17 pass deflections and five interceptions with one taken back for a touchdown. His addition to the team allows the Saints more flexibility in the secondary as veteran Randall Gay is due nearly three million dollars this season. It’s still yet unclear if the Saints will severe ties with Gay or attempt to re-negotiate a contract with him before the start of the season.
Breakdown: This article is a good take on the 2011 draft and reveals some of the more prominent reasons certain players fell so far, while others seemingly went so high. Mallet and Bowers draft stock is touched on, as is the draft strategies of the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals, who are preparing for life without Carson Palmer after drafting TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.
Topics: 2011 NFL Draft, Atlanta Falcons, Cam Newton, Cameron Jordan, Carolina Panthers, Chris Ivory, Johnny Patrick, Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints, NFC South, Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, Sean Payton