Sept. 17, 2011; Tucson, AZ, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Chase Thomas (44) during the first half against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. The Cardinal beat the Wildcats 37-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints are doing their homework as the 2013 NFL Draft draws near. According to WalterFootball.com the Saints have met with potential draft picks as well as those that may fall into the undrafted free agent category.
Although the Saints are in need of help on defense they are still looking for wide receivers and according to the list, they actually met with five of them. With Devery Henderson set to become a free agent, it’s unlikely the team will bring him back. While Baylor’s Terrance Williams and Marshall’s Aaron Dobson are slated to be a 2nd-3rd round pick, others could fall to the Saints later.
Two outside linebacker prospects the Saints have spoken with are Missouri’s Zavier Gooden and Stanford’s Chase Thomas. Both are players that found their skills progressing their final year of college and as of right now are projected to be a 3rd-4th round pick. That would be good news for the Saints who are without a second round pick in this year’s draft and need to upgrade the position.
Something that is surprising, but not surprising when it comes to head coach Sean Payton, is the Saints have also checked out a quarterback. Former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson gained some due diligence at the Senior Bowl. The head scratcher is that Wilson was at one time considered to be a first round pick prior to last season but now has likely fallen several rounds due to some sketchy play. Even still this is too early for the Saints to draft a quarterback and as mentioned was just done as due diligence.