The first half of the NFL’s “Top 100″ list in the books and the Saints are finally represented, guard Carl Nicks came in at 55 followed by wide receiver Marques Colston at 53. The list was compiled by the players, not a panel of experts, making inclusion a rather big honor.
Colston is well known to the Who Dat Nation but does not seem to command the same respect nationally as some of the leagues other elite wide receivers.
In five seasons with the Saints Colston has caught 369 passes for 5,097 yards and forty touchdowns — failing to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving only once — yet has never been considered for a pro bowl.
He’s big, physical and posseses unbeleivable hands rarely dropping a pass, which is why he has developed into quarterback Drew Brees‘ favorite target, especially in red zone situations.
Of course what makes Colston and his situation with the Saints even more special is that they drafted him near the end of the seventh round in 2006, and there is just not a better example of a “diamond in the rough” than he.
However if there is one player on the roster that can give Colston a run for his money as the best late round draft pick in the modern era Saints it’s guard Carl Nicks.
Nicks was taken in the fifth round of the 2008 draft, and no one including the Saints, expected him to become a quality starter in his rookie season. But once Jamar Nesbit was suspended for a positive drug test (Bumetanide), he was inserted into the lineup and the rest as they say is history.
He quickly earned the right to become the full time starter and since has started 45 of 48 games for the Saints. Nicks is a staple on the offensive line and is now widely considered as one of the league fiercest run blockers, evident by his selection to the list.
Colston and Nicks will not be the last Saints on the list as there are three more still slated to be announced at some point in the top fifty. Logically it’s likely to be Drew Brees, Jonathan Vilma and Jahri Evans — the other stud guard opposite Nicks on the offensive line.