The New Orleans Saints have kicked things into overdrive in the past few days by signing safety Jim Leonhard and announcing new prospects coming to town for a visit with the 2013 NFL draft approaching.
We’ll be right there with them.
Let’s take a look at some of the news, rumors and hottest links on the new surrounding the Saints today:
Per Larry Holder:
Former Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson will visit with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, according to a source. Johnson is widely known as one of the top-three tackle prospects heading into April’s NFL draft, but it would be a surprise if Johnson fell to the Saints at No. 15 overall.
Johnson (6-6, 303) would help fill a “need” position as the Saints are in the process of finiding a starting left tackle after Jermon Bushrod left for the Bears via free agency. Johnson earned second-team all-Big 12 honors at left tackle last season, behind possible No. 1 overall pick Luke Joeckel.
Before starting the first official practice of the 2013 season for his fifth grade boys AAU basketball team, the Kenner Guardian Angels, head coach and former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Torrance Small had to stop and show his appreciation to the community of people who helped make it possible. To do so, he held a small ceremony in the Williams Boulevard Baptist Church gym last Thursday before the boys took the court.
Per Jason Bernos:
First Round: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida St.
Watson’s pass and run blocking skills are on the plus side with his only glaring weaknesses, besides his experience, is his age (He’ll be 25 when the season starts.) and his ability with blocking out in space.
You wouldn’t think that last part would be important but the way the Saints run screens and get their backs out in the open, it does.
A Bryant McKinnie signing combined with the Watson pick could be the way to go, especially since in that scenario Watson would take over the starting job from the vet around Week 9 or so.
Ogletree’s past mistakes can’t hide the fact that he is a powerful, quick, instinctive linebacker who can make plays on the field. He is drawing comparisons to Carolina’s Thomas Davis and Atlanta’s Sean Weatherspoon, both solid linebackers on their teams.
If the New Orleans Saints are considering moving back in the first round or even into the second round, Ogletree could turn out to be a solid pickup for Rob Ryan’s defense. The only downside? He will definitely have to get a new jersey number.
The fact of the matter is, the Leonhard signing does not mean much in regards to Harper’s status with the team. He’ll clearly be asked to take a pay cut at some point—that seemed obvious without the team bringing in another veteran to nudge him in the right direction.
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