May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) poses for photos after being selected as the number twenty overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the New Orleans Saints at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Saints Draft Hub

New Orleans Saints Draft Picks

Round 1 – #20 Overall (Acquired via Cardinals)
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Quick Analysis: Cooks is explosive, boasting a 4.33 second 40-yard combine best performance. Cooks has elusiveness, quickness, and will fit the mold for the New Orleans Saints. With the team trading away Darren Sproles, Cooks should be quite an X-Factor for the team, and should give opposing defenses fits. Cooks will enter the scene easily as one of the Saints wide receivers.

Final Grade: A

Round 2 – #58th Overall
Stan Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Analysis: While Jean-Baptiste may not have been the top cornerback choice in mock drafts paired to the New Orleans Saints, there’s a humongous ton of upside for the converted wide receiver. At 6’3″, he’s definitely one of the taller cornerbacks out there, and he has the ability to instinctively think like a receiver in coverage. Jean-Baptiste may lack some tenure at the position, but if I’m Rob Ryan, I’m ecstatic to coach this guy. Let’s also not forget that Champ Bailey has a lot to offer. If there’s even a remote chance that his comparisons to Richard Sherman are accurate, then the Saints have themselves a winner. Can you believe James Benoit called this in February?

Final Grade: B+

Round 3 – #91st Overall (Traded to Cardinals)

Round 4 – #126th Overall
Khairi Fortt, ILB, California

Analysis: Fortt suffered from poor play around him at California, but still was able to shine. He has a strong physical frame, and with his quickness and strength, could actually play on the outside or inside. He also can play in versatile schemes (3-4 or 4-3). Fortt could be an immediate impact on special teams for the Saints, and evolve into something more.

Grade: B-

Round 5 – #167 Overall (Acquired via Eagles)
Vinnie Sunseri, SS, Alabama

Analysis: Sunseri is a role player who hits hard and contributes primarily on special teams. A torn ACL forced Sunseri out of the season for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2013. However, when he was on the field, his presence was felt. The injury will be something we continue to look at, and I somewhat scratch my head slightly as to why we took another safety when there’s Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro, Rafael Bush, and Marcus Harris already on the roster. Perhaps Sunseri will challenge some of the other corners, and fight for a spot on the special teams in the immediate future. Sunseri was taken much higher than anyone ever thought he would be (originally a seventh round projection).

Grade: C-

Round 5 – #169 Overall
Ronald Powell, OLB, Florida

Analysis: Powell is a very interesting prospect for the team. Like Sunseri, Powell’s playing time was cut short due to injury, as he tore his ACL twice in 2012 with the Florida Gators. Powell was the top rated prospect coming out of high school in 2010. Let me say that again, the top rated prospect, not at his position. Powell fits the mold for Rob Ryan’s defense, as he showed his versatility as an outside linebacker or defensive end. His injury history and attitude make it a bit of a gamble for the team, but his upside potential is unlimited.

Grade: C

Round 6 – #202 Overall
Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas

Analysis: We’re already thinking of an answer when Zach Strief exits. Tavon Rooks wasn’t concerned with being drafted today, but got the call from the New Orleans Saints that he was going to be drafted. Rooks is a dedicated right tackle, but perhaps the only downside is that he weighs in at 280 pounds. Rooks will be an interesting prospect, as he has a chance to increase that size. He already has strong athleticism and good foot work. He’ll be one to watch grow.

Grade: C+

***7th Round Pick sent to 49ers in exchange for Parys Haralson***

UDFA Class


Logan Kilgore, QB, Middle Tennessee State

Timothy Flanders, RB, Sam Houston State

Je’Ron Hamm, TE, University of Louisiana-Monroe

Nic Jacobs, TE, McNeese State

Steve Hull, WR, Illinois

Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

Seantavius Jones, WR, Valdosta State

Jerome Cunningham, TE, Southern Connecticut

Matt Armstrong, C, Grand Valley State

Micajah Reynolds, OL/DT, Michigan State (***WAIVED 5/19***)


George Uko, DT, USC

Brandon McCray, DT, Louisiana-Lafayette

Lawrence Virgil, DE, Valdosta State

Chidera Uzo-Diribe, DE, Colorado

Spencer Hadley, OLB, BYU

Kasim Edebali, OLB, Boston College

Brian Dixon, CB, NW Missouri State

Derrick Strozier, CB, Tulane

Pierre Warren, S, Jacksonville State

Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State

Try Out Players

Sergio Castillo, K, West Texas A&M

Trashaun Nixon, LB, New Mexico State

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