Saints Draft Update: Options Slimming At 64 – Price, Washington, Mays, Dunlap And Troup All Gone
In a similar fashion as the first round the Saints continue to see prospects they like and have met with be selected and head to opposing teams.
UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price was projected as high as a low first round talent with many mocks designating him as the Saints 32nd pick in the first. The Saints covet Price’s ability to penetrate the backfield and stuff the run so much so the team brought him in for a lengthy pre-draft visit.
Price paired with Ellis could have been a dynamic duo in the interior of the Saints line.
TCU linebacker Daryl Washington was one of the true outside linebackers in this draft and it was also a possibility he could have been selected at 32 by the Saints which may have been considered a stretch.
Washington is one of the more speedy linebackers in the draft who was brought in by New Orleans for a look to possibly replace strong side linebacker Scott Fujita who opted to sign a lucrative contract with the Cleveland Browns earlier this off-season.
Defensive tackle Torell Troup also was a consideration around the Saints 64th pick but he to has been selected going 41st to the Buffalo Bills.
USC safety Taylor Mays and Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap were projected by most as first round talent and were consider the more elite talent to be available in the second round.
If either player had made it all the way down the Saints 64th pick the team would have been ecstatic to take either player there.
Unfortunately the wait and see approach the Saints have been forced to take may be more of a hindrance than an advantage as previously though.
Who will they take, my money is on South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood.