Oct 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo before the Saints play against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

Who Dat Dish: New Orleans Saints News, Rumors And Links For 5/4

With the close of the NFL draft and the rash of undrafted free agent signings out of the way, a few more interesting bits of news are still floating out there. Today we talk about Steve Spagnoulo, Kenny Vaccaro, a little more about the Saints draft history, and some undrafted free agent grades.


Here we go.


Steve Spagnuolo hired by Baltimore Ravens as senior defensive assistant


Per NOLA.com:

The Saints were the worst defense in NFL history under Spagnuolo’s leadership. Payton hired Rob Ryan to replace him. The Ravens’ move reunites Spagnuolo and Baltimore Coach John Harbaugh, who worked together with the Philadelphia Eagles.

On NOLA.com, Mike Triplett writes that former Saints safety Darren Sharper, longtime NFL “personnel guru” Gil Brandt, NFL Draft Analysis Mel Kiper, and former safety Matt Bowen sing Kenny Vaccaro’s praises.
“I talked to a couple coaches and scouts around the league, and they think he’s the real deal,” said Sharper, who now analyzes the league for the NFL Network. “A versatile safety who can play either position, and also go down on the slot and make some plays.”
Canal Street Chronicles’s Hans Peterson relates his past thoughts and opinions on Vaccaro and the some other Saints first round picks:
So as I read through all this draft coverage, speculation, and commentary, I find myself kind of excited about Vaccaro, but really not feeling very strongly one way or the other. Then I wondered, when HAVE I been either super-excited or incredibly disappointed about the top draft picks of the Saints before ever seeing them actually play for the Saints (as some CSC members are about Vaccaro this year)?
Bleacher Report analyst Will Osgood grades 13 of the best of the Saints undrafted free agent pickups.

The New Orleans Saints were quick to add quality talent to their roster once the 2013 NFL draft was completed. Almost immediately, the team added three players many projected to go in the seven-round draft.

Chase Thomas, Ryan Griffin and Kevin Reddick were three of the top five undrafted players in the entire player pool.



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