The New Orleans Saints aren’t really looking to draft a safety in the 2012 NFL Draft, but two homegrown Louisiana products wouldn’t be a bad pick for the team in the later rounds.
Of course, this could be viewed by some as homer-ism, but technically one of these prospects played out of state for a few years until he found his way back. The other played under the big stage of “Death Valley” in Tiger Stadium.
Brandon Taylor(L.S.U.): Born in Bogalusa, LA., Taylor played four seasons with the Tigers and improved every year. His best of course was his senior year where he had 71 tackles with 6.5 for a loss, one sack, five pass deflections, and two interceptions.
Taylor played with one of the best defensive secondaries in college football during the past several years where he was used as a strong safety.
This may have caused him to be overshadowed by cornerbacks Morris “Mo” Claiborne and “The Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu.
Taylor is a fast, hard-hitting player who is great in run support and loves to get physical. His only knock is that his coverage skills aren’t off the charts which strong safeties generally aren’t.