Saints Draft

2014 NFL Draft Grades, New Orleans Saints: Instant Reaction to Stan Jean-Baptiste Selection


Sep 21, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Stanley Jean-Baptiste (16) intercepts the pass and returns it against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits receiver Trevor Tiefenthaler (84) in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints came in this evening with only a second round pick in Draft Day 2. The team traded their third round pick (#91 overall) to the Arizona Cardinals to gain seven spots to take wide receiver Brandin Cooks of Oregon State. With the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected cornerback Stan Jean-Baptiste of Nebraska.

Again, the Saints addressed one of their several needs this offseason by selecting a cornerback.

New Orleans Saints Positional Outlook (Cornerback)

  • Keenan Lewis
  • Champ Bailey
  • Patrick Robinson
  • Corey White
  • Rod Sweeting
  • Terrence Frederick
  • Derrius Brooks
  • Trevin Wade
  • A.J. Davis

Analysis: While Jean-Baptiste may not have been the top cornerback choice in mock drafts paired to the New Orleans Saints, there’s a humongous ton of upside for the converted wide receiver. At 6’3″, he’s definitely one of the taller cornerbacks out there, and he has the ability to instinctively think like a receiver in coverage. Jean-Baptiste may lack some tenure at the position, but if I’m Rob Ryan, I’m ecstatic to coach this guy. Let’s also not forget that Champ Bailey has a lot to offer. If there’s even a remote chance that his comparisons to Richard Sherman are accurate, then the Saints have themselves a winner.

Final Grade: B+

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