Day 2 of the 2013 NFL draft is in the books and the New Orleans Saints shocked the world not only by drafting an offensive tackle in Terron Armstead, but trading running back Chris Ivory and sacrificing their own fourth-round pick to move up and take defensive tackle John Jenkins.
In other words, it was a busy news day.
Let’s take a look.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
I know a lot of Saints fans are down on Harper and would like to see Vaccaro simply replace him. But I don’t think the Saints are ready to just let Harper go. If they wanted to get rid of him, they would have done it by the third day of the league year when $2.6 million of his base salary became guaranteed. If the Saints released Harper now, it would end up costing them cap space.
And I don’t think the Saints are ready to give up on Jenkins. He hasn’t blossomed into a star, but he still has upside. Vaccaro could get some safety work, but move to the nickel against slot receivers. The Saints can’t be too confident in Patrick Robinson as their nickel back after he struggled last year.
I think the Saints still are trying to figure out how they’ll use Vaccaro. I think they also are still figuring out what his arrival means for Harper and Jenkins. There may be room for all three to have roles.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
At No. 75, the Saints selected Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead. He becomes an instant possibility to start at left tackle after the departure of Jermon Bushrod as a free agent. The Saints have Jason Smith and Charles Brown on the roster, but they’re not sold on either one.
The Saints, who picked up a little more draft currency by trading running back Chris Ivory to the Jets, traded with Chicago to get the No. 82 pick and they used it to take Georgia defensive tackle Johnathan Jenkins. As the Saints convert to a 3-4 scheme, the massive Jenkins looks like a logical fit to rotate with Brodrick Bunkley.
Per Nakia Hogan:
Talented prospects like Miami of Ohio’s Zac Dysert, Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, USC’s Matt Barkley, Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib, Tennessee’s Tyler Bray and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones are among the group still available.
With two picks (one in the fifth and six rounds) today, should the New Orleans Saints select a quarterback to groom behind Drew Brees?
Per Dave Cariello:
31. Jesse Williams | 6’3 3/8, 323 pounds | Defensive tackle | Alabama
43. Khaseem Greene | 6’0 3/4, 241 pounds | Outside linebacker | Rutgers
50. Alex Okafor | 6’4 1/2, 264 pounds | Defensive end | Texas
56. Matt Barkley | 6’2 1/2, 227 pounds | Quarterback | Southern California
58. Marcus Lattimore | 5’11 1/4, 221 pounds | Running back | South Carolina *
59. Jordan Poyer | 5’11 7/8, 197 pounds | Cornerback | Oregon State
60. Quinton Patton | 6’0, 204 pounds | Wide receiver | Louisiana Tech
63. Barrett Jones | 6’4, 305 pounds | Center | Alabama
64. Da’Rick Rogers | 6’2 1/4, 217 pounds | Wide receiver | Tennessee Tech *