Fleur-de-Links - April 15th: Saints in Perfect Spot to Land Impact Player?

The article of the day award goes to Larry Holder at cbssports.com. Based on recent draft history, he suggests there might be some magic around the no. 24 overall pick. He thinks the Saints might be in prime pouncing position for an impact player.

The No. 24 overall selection arguably has been the shrewdest and, in turn, the most productive pick of the first round or any other round in the past decade. Sure, not every pick turned into the second coming of Johnny Unitas or even Johnny Appleseed (here's looking at you, Ahmed Plummer and Willie Middlebrooks). But some of the players drafted 24th overall are a who's who of the NFL:

2000: CB Ahmed Plummer, Niners
2001: DB Willie Middlebrooks, Broncos
2002: S Ed Reed, Ravens
2003: TE Dallas Clark, Colts
2004: RB Steven Jackson, Rams
2005: QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2006: CB Johnathan Joseph, Bengals
2007: S Brandon Meriweather, Patriots
2008: RB Chris Johnson, Titans
2009: DT Peria Jerry, Falcons
2010: WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys

Me likey this optimistic article. I wasn't aware that this spot in past drafts had been so fruitful. Let's hope the no. 24 overall selection continues to yield great results. Onto the links and tweets.

 

TWEETS:

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Malcolm Jenkins
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Expected in the next 2 weeks RT @ what day is the NFL going to announce the regular season schedule for this upcoming year?

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Got My Tiger Red on

NFLPlayerNews
NFL.com Saints | Mason Foster works out

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NFL.com Saints | Adrian Clayborn works out

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NFL.com Saints | Akeem Ayers visits

New Orleans Saints
Video of the Day: Chase Daniel hits Pierre Thomas for a 31-yd TD vs. Texans in the preseason. Watch the block by Nicks!

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Saints News: Mark Ingram, Julio Jones visited the Rams on Thursday (The National Football Post) -

I was about to walk in the complex for the college fair but Russ Parr was on.... They on here clownin. 5 more minutes

Leigh Torrence Jr
Ha RT @ When a man cries over a woman, it means that she's a serious sandwich maker.

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Good mooooorning. On my way to PG Sport and Learning Complex to talk to the students at the college fair... Gettin em ready

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Once you believe in something, u can begin to work and achieve it...

TGIF tweeps. Hope everyone has a great day and a great start to their wknd. Smiles all day!

Jeff Duncan
It happened: At dinner, @ just asked who Bob Seger is. ... Which made me feel like 80.


 

SAINTS:

2011 regular-season schedule coming soon - NFC South Blog - ESPN

The word in NFL circles is that the 2011 regular-season schedule is coming soon. It won’t be Friday. We’d already know because the league

Roaf Recaps 1993 Draft Experience

Drew Brees says he takes his role representing NFL players 'very seriously' | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints quarterback is one of 10 named plaintiffs in antitrust lawsuit against NFL

Brees "Hopeful" on Lockout Dispute | FrontBurner
NFL quarterback Drew Brees says he's hopeful about an end to the lockout that's threatening the league's 2011 schedule. I'm always hopeful, Brees said in

New Orleans Saints reader comment: Archie Manning was years ahead of his time | NOLA.com
He's best QB to never get into NFL Hall of Fame

 

2011 NFL DRAFT:

moosedenied " Blog Archive " So, what if the Saints miss the Mark?
"*SPOILER ALERT!* No matter who the Saints end up drafting 13 days from now, it's all but a certainty that by the end of the weekend I'll have figured out some way to convince myself that it was a great pick. And then I'll try to convince you. Fair warning."

Saints in perfect spot to land impact player in draft - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Super Bowl champion to first-round flameout -- New Orleans' fall was stunning. It's back to the draft for help, and the Saints are in great position. No. 24 has proven to be a gold mine of talent, Larry Holder says.

New Orleans Saints Kicking The Tires On A Few LSU Players " Who Dat Dish | A New Orleans Saints Blog

Saints Nation: New Orleans An Unlikely Destination for Mark Ingram | April

Akeem Ayers visiting the Titans | National Football Post
Akeem Ayers visiting the Titans

NFL Draft: 10 best and worst of the New Orleans Saints -- No. 5 worst pick | NOLA.com
Continuing series leading up to this year's draft

Jaguars.com mock draft: 24. Saints
It’s Friday, with the weekend ahead of us and the New Orleans Saints on the clock. The Saints are a team out of the Jaguars’ division, from the other conference, which may have been reasons there wasn’t a tremendous amount of passion among the readers for this selection. And then there’s that other realistic factor: The final selections of the first round? They’re just, plain hard to pick.

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

NFL talks end without much progress | NOLA.com
Talks will resume on Monday

Day 2 of mediation begins in NFL, players dispute | Saints | 2theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, LA

Reviewing film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Lots of great questions in Friday’s NFC South chat. Plenty of questions about the Carolina Panthers and what they do with the No. 1 overall pick

Young Bucs have a chip on their shoulder | ProFootballTalk
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quietly and quickly have developed a quality team.  And they're a little bit pissed that folks generally haven't noticed that yet. Scott Reynold of PewterReport.

Mediation resumes in NFL, players dispute | NOLA.com
Sides meet for first time since March 11

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Time for a quick stroll through the NFC South headlines. Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent worked out for the Falcons on Thursday.

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