In the article, writer Joe Brown talks about the “emergence” of players defensive end Cameron Jordan and cornerback Patrick Robinson, two first round picks for the Saints.
While I agree with the maturation of Jordan, I disagree with the feelings on Robinson who had a great year last season but just seems to be inconsistent and didn’t achieve the next level he was expected to have this year.
Brown also talks about the “pleasant surprise development” of third round picks such as defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and cornerback Johnny Patrick.
Once again I’ll agree with the Hicks pick, who could have been a first to second round pick if he hadn’t left L.S.U., but Patrick has been similar to Robinson in that he was expected to develop even further this season but hasn’t.
Now you could argue that the new scheme from defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was a bit much to overcome since it is much more intricate than former coordinator Gregg Williams basic scheme of “Hulk…Smash!”
Spagnuolo has admitted that he has left corners like Robinson on an island with little help and the Saints haven’t been too consistent on getting pressure on the quarterback during the season.
Brown’s article gives the Saints a defensive end pick for their first round:
1st round – Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon
Height – 6-7
Weight – 248
Jordan arrived in Eugene as lanky tight end. He moved over to defense as a sophomore and hasn’t looked back since.
With the emergence of team’s use of nimble, power-forward sized tight ends throughout the league, this Chandler, Arizona native could be the perfect antidote. He also has the speed to shadow receivers in the middle of the field. But Jordan’s biggest upside resides in his ability to rush the passer. Not weak by any means, but he would be well served to add about 10-15 pounds
If the draft order played out according to highest ceiling, there’s little doubt Jordan would be a top five selection.
While Jordan is ia great player and slated to go in the first round, I am still sold on another player who had a standout game in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State on Saturday night.