I’ve actually suggested Texas defensive end Alex Okafor in several of my articles as a possible choice for the Saints in the first round. This past Thursday while on The NOLA Rundown podcast with Jason Bernos and Jordan Grove, I mentioned him as well.
I love that Okafor warrants double teams from offensive lines and his bull rush combined with his high motor has impressed me all season. Saturday night Okafor set an Alamo Bowl record of 4.5 sacks and was key in securing a victory with ending Oregon State’s final drive with 1.5 sacks.
If Okafor is still around when the Saints pick, they should seriously consider him unless there is somebody significantly better. Brown’s third round pick for the Saints in his article surprises me a bit in the fact that he goes after a defensive tackle, Jordan Hill of Penn State.
"3rd round – Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State Height – 6-1 Weight – 295 This 2012 All-Big Ten First Team selection and Senior Bowl invitee is one of many prospects whose performance in practices as well as in the game on January 26, 2013, could significantly boost or hinder his likely draft placement. Regardless, Hill would be a welcome addition as part of a defensive line rotation on the Saints."
I just don’t agree with this pick in the third round especially when the Saints have players like Akiem Hicks and Tom Johnson already establishing themselves at the position already. Tyrunn Walker is also a project waiting in the wings who hopefully will see more playing time.
I wouldn’t be opposed to the Saints taking someone in the secondary for their third round pick especially if someone like Washington’s cornerback Desmond Trufant were to fall to us(unlikely) or a strong safety like Alabama’s Robert Lester.
One local prospect that should be around in the third round is a little known gem from Southeastern Louisiana University, cornerback Robert Alford.
Alford had four interceptions this past season with 10 total for his college career. While playing at cornerback, Alford also handled kick returning duties where he set a single game record for 105 return yards against Lamar on 9/29/12 and also lined up as a wide receiver while at S.L.U.
Recently he has garnered an invite to the 2013 Senior Bowl which is only the second time for the school since 1970. Alford was originally slated as a fourth to fifth round prospect but has been slowly climbing the draft boards.