Saints Draft

What If: Sean Payton’s Draft Picks Revisited

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Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) prior to a game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Good Pick: Jimmy Graham (TE/WR)

Sean Payton and the team did their work this year when they selected Jimmy Graham with one of the last picks in the third round. The Patriots selected Rob Gronkowski in the second round, but Graham has proven to be the more effective receiving tight end. He is a two-time Pro bowler who shows no signs of slowing down.

Bad Pick: Patrick Robinson (DB)

I admit I was sold on Robinson’s upside. He’s struggled in coverage in the NFL and had troubles with injuries and doesn’t appear to have been worth first round consideration.

Missed Opportunity: Jason Worilds (DE)

Here’s a guy that can play with his hands in the ground or standing up. He was rated the eighth-best strong side linebacker in the country coming out of college. The Saints operated a 4-3 defensive scheme at the time, but he would have been a devastating pass rusher coming out of the defensive backfield.