Despite having just five picks in the 2012 NFL Draft and no selections until the end of the third round, New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said he was confident his team would be able to bring in a talented class of rookies. The Saints gave up this year’s first-round pick to move up to select running back Mark Ingram in 2011. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stripped them of their second-round pick this year for organizational involvement in a “bounty” program, in which players were rewarded with cash for injuring opponents.
With the 2012 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, New Orleans Saints fans will have to wait until Friday, April 27th to see who the team will pick. Since the team was stripped of their second round draft choice, we’ll start with their third round choice.
Jim McMahon, the former star quarterback, no doubt influenced the harsh punishment meted out against New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton. Former Detroit Lions star Alex Karras and Broncos Ring of Fame linebacker Randy Gradishar were reasons why Payton’s appeal was denied last week. Payton and his former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, committed the wrong football crime at the wrong time.
Maybe, just maybe, things will begin to get back to normal for the New Orleans Saints on Monday. Or, at the very least, more normal than they’ve been for the past three months. Monday is the day Saints players who are under contract for 2012 officially begin their offseason program, which initially consists of conditioning, weightlifting and classroom study.
The St. Louis Rams remain interested in free-agent wide receiver Jerome Simpson despite the four-year veteran’s legal problems, team sources told Pro Football Weekly. Simpson was sentenced last Thursday to 15 days in jail and three years of probation on a felony drug-related charge. The Rams brought Simpson in for a workout last week.