It’s a new month for all, but in the world of the NFL things are just heating up for the New Orleans Saints as we continue to examine the fallout of the 2013 NFL draft.
Today we’ll look at how much cap space the team has, examine the future of Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper thanks to the addition of Kenny Vaccaro and much more. Stay tuned throughout the day.
Let’s take a look.
Per Jeff Duncan:
So it’d be an upset if Armstead were able to beat out Charles Brown or Jason Smith for the starting job. But it could happen. If Brown and Smith were sure things, the Saints wouldn’t have invested the 75th overall pick in a left tackle. Brown has been injury-prone. Smith, a former No. 2 overall draft pick, has been a bust.
Armstead played at a small school but he has big-time skills. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash of any lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine. His time of 4.65 seconds is comparable to what most outside linebackers run, not 6-5, 306-pound linemen. His vertical leap of 34.5 inches was higher than that of Saints’ fifth-round pick, wide receiver Kenny Stills. He also was a state champion shot putter at Cahokia, Ill., High School.
Per Wallace Delery:
Alec Ogletree, ILB – St. Louis Rams (30th Overall)
A couple of problems here. Ogletree’s an impact 3-4 inside linebacker and a big-time thumper in the middle, but ILB just isn’t an area of dire need for the Saints. Pass rushers and help in the secondary were far more pressing needs. Second, Ogletree has a laughably questionable character, and it’s these issues that put up red flags within Who Dat Nation. I’m not surprised Loomis and Payton passed on Ogletree due to his character issues over his talent. The Saints front office tends to put a premium on character, and speaking of character…
Tyrann Mathieu, CB/FS – Arizona Cardinals (69th Overall)
Ah yes, the Honey Badger, the most cringe/praise worthy prospect in this year’s draft. Absolutely no one divided Who Dat Nation more than Mathieu. Supporters praised his ball-hawking skills and football instinct while detractors pointed out his lack of size, his weed dependency, his stints in rehab, his poor judgement, and the fact that he doesn’t quite fit in the defensive scheme.
NOLA.com’s Jeff Duncan Reports the Saints Could Have Some Interesting Plans for Malcolm Jenkins:
Mickey Loomis said 1 of scenarios #Saints will consider to get S Kenny Vaccaro on field is moving Malcolm Jenkins to nickel CB on pass downs
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) April 30, 2013
NOLA.com’s Nakia Hogan Details the Saints Fragile Cap Situation:
— nakia hogan (@nakiahogan) April 30, 2013