Sean Payton is regarded as one of the best play callers in the league. His ability to create mismatches on the offensive side of the ball is second to none. Alongside Drew Brees, he has been able to accomplish many things in just five seasons.
Payton has led one of the best offenses in the NFL since taking over as head coach of the New Orleans Saints. However, Payton has another ability that makes him an excellent asset to the organization.
Payton has an uncanny ability to find great talent, whether it be in the NFL Draft of free agency.
Payton drafted Marques Colston in the seventh round of the 2006 draft after taking Reggie Bush, the high profile, Heisman trophy winning running back from USC with the number two overall pick.
In that same draft, Payton found another diamond in the rough in All-Pro right guard Jahri Evans Bloomsburg.
Colston (53) and Evans (34) both appeared in NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2011.” Carl Nicks, who came in at No. 55, was drafted in the fifth round in 2008 out of Nebraska.
Robert Meachum was a first round draft pick in 2007 that left many people scratching their heads, assuming the Saints would make defense a number one priority.
After missing his first season, Meachum made great strides in his next two seasons, becoming a great target for Brees and posting nine touchdowns in 2009.
Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas were both undrafted free agents that Payton signed. Both have become vital pieces to Payton’s complex offense scheme. Moore has even contributed on punt reurns while Thomas first took on kick returning duties.
Both became integral pieces of the offenses when injuries plagued the Saints in 2008. Moore put up great number in ’08 posting 79 catches, 928 yards and 10 TDs.