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.
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"*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."
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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.
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