Everybody is focused on the first round and on who the Saints will select with the 27th overall pick but here at Who Dat Dish we wanna go deeper. For example, who will the Saints draft in the sixth round? Remember, they currently don’t have a seventh round pick because of the trade that brought Parys Haralson in New Orleans last year.
One position of need, although not urgent, is the kicker position. Shayne Graham was recently signed to a 1-year contract but that doesn’t mean his roster spot is guaranteed. Another kicker, Derek Dimke, was signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints but that type of deal doesn’t kick in until March.
It’s clear that the Saints are looking for a long-term answer for the kicker position while keeping a veteran presence around. In addition to that they should bring in more competition during the offseason.
They might add a kicker via the draft, in particular this kicker: Cairo Santos. A consensus All-American in 2012, Santos played college ball at Tulane University. Over four years he missed three extra points (127/130) and converted 78.2% of field goals (61/78), going perfect in 2012 (21/21) and failing seven attempts in 2013 (four of those attempts were from 50+ yards).
Combine: Santos is scheduled to meet with the Falcons, Saints and Cardinals, but planned to talk to all 32 special teams coaches Thursday night, as jacksonville.com reported. The hometown boy also stated that it would be ‘ideal’ to play for the New Orleans Saints.
Plus, ‘santos‘ means ‘saints‘ in spanish. How awesome would it be???