Fleur-De-Links: Sunday, April 24

Happy Easter to one and all!! If that's your thing, whether it be the Easter Bunny and candy, or the whole church thing, or both, or neither, I sure hope you're enjoying the day. 

For me, my wife and I entertained her son and his wife for a nice steak dinner last night, complete with jelly beans, skittles, and Cadbury eggs for appetizers/dessert. Today will be a quiet day of rest with a bit of munching on the last of the jelly beans.

You're in the right place for all the New Orleans Saints news and notes, tweets, and a video. All that, after the jump.

Be sure to check back in later on this afternoon, where I'll post a story detailing the specifics of the "wiggle room" built into the highly-publicized 2011 NFL schedule in order to allow for salvaging of most, if not all of the 2011 season in case of a prolonged labor dispute. Let's keep our fingers crossed and positive thoughts focused on a good outcome!

Twitter

reggie_bush Nothing worse than getting the hungry feeling as the door closes on the plane to take off! Can't do anything about it! Aaahhh!!!
robyslyfe Wow what a game!!! S/o to my fellow #Hoosier @rlaycock ...S/o to @dgranger33 way to do work fam. Bring it back home for game 6 & im there..!
reggie_bush And this Starbucks is only making it worse!
ChaseDaniel My buddy got a new boat..decided to take it out and Wake Surf a little bit! http://img.ly/3xMj
ChaseDaniel Not a bad way to spend a Saturday! http://img.ly/3xMp
reggie_bush Can't wait to get home to see the fam and eat my MOMMA's home cooking for Easter! That's the real Soul Food!
dmcallister26 Big S/0 to all of my coaches & volunteers but especially @mslatoyamonique @msmcallister3. We just helped some programs n the delta gt better
reggie_bush This white lady has her baby with her who's screaming and yelling and the black lady next to her is PISSED! LMAO! Gonna be a funny flight!
reggie_bush And she look like she from the hood!
dmcallister26 "@Hair_weaveKIllr: @dmcallister26 who hit you the hardest"  - rest his soul but Norman Hand
j_bushrod7475 Testing out a tempur-pedic.. #dontjudgeme... #needthis
T_Porter22 #starving dunno what to eat.
alexbrown96 Daddy's little girl getting her color on... http://plixi.com/p/95373130
T_Porter22 Bout time for me to get in my  and kick it with . #
MalcolmJenkins Jjust enjoyed those Red fish I caught earlier!!! @504peppaboi thanks for hooking it up for @bellameaux and I... amazing!!!
T_Porter22  & rice on deck
j_bushrod7475 Real drinkers dont care #imjussayin... #budlight lol RT @chjones540: Dear twitter world what is better coors light or bud light
j_bushrod7475 #likeyeah #doit4me #thankyaRT @ReeshyBaby: JermonBushrod.com yall check it out and RT please!!! 
j_bushrod7475 #iaintmadatya lol RT @TreyWill959: @j_bushrod7475 @CavsBen@chjones540 going with Guiness, Harp,or Stella Artrois..Justsayin
j_bushrod7475 Natty tho lol #yuck RT @ShotOfGinn: @j_bushrod7475 gotta go with Natty Light #brokecollegetweet
j_bushrod7475 Denver has shot 30 3 pointers in last 5 min!!
HeathEvans I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies." (Jesus) Happy Easter.
BillyMiller83 Many great men were born and did great things before they died but only one came back to life! Happy Easter
ZachStrief Happy Easter
BillyMiller83 Thanks big hommie RT @Trojan_Juice88: @BillyMiller83 happy bday bro!
alexbrown96 Happy Easter to all.... May God Bless us all..
j_bushrod7475 Jermonbushrod.com is up... all charity info is there... everything you need for golf tournament and youth football camp... happy easter.. RT
ChaseDaniel Easter Sunday church at Highland Park United Methodist Church with the family then brunch in Dallas!

 

Saints

New Orleans Saints' outlook in secondary | NOLA.com
James Varney - Defensive backs medium level of need for team.

Filling their needs | 2theadvocate.com
Sheldon Mickles - While the NFL draft is always full of intrigue and uncertainty, this year’s Player Selection Meeting — the league’s official name for the three-day exercise — will be taken to a new level.

Five areas Saints need to explore | 2theadvocate.com
Sheldon Mickles - As a whole, NFL teams have never been as needy as they are entering this week’s draft.

New Orleans Saints may be in tough spot with No. 24 selection | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - Trading up or down might be best for team.

 

2011 Draft

LSU's Patrick Peterson eager to make history in 2011 NFL draft | NOLA.com
Jim Kleinpeter - He aims to be first cornerback taken with No. 1 pick.

Patrick Peterson file: Breaking down cornerback's strengths, weaknesses | NOLA.com
Jim Kleinpeter - He's projected to be a top 10 pick.

Nebraska's Prince Amukamara the next best prospect at cornerback in 2011 NFL draft | NOLA.com
James Varney - Final installment of nine-part series.

A closer look at the defensive backs in the 2011 NFL draft | NOLA.com
James Varney - Colorado CB Jimmy Smith's talent is too big to ignore.

NFL draft prospects Phil Taylor, Da'Quan Bowers have medical question marks | FOX Sports on MSN
Peter Schrager - NFL draft prospects Phil Taylor, DaQuan Bowers have medical question marks. Includes other draft mini-stories.

Mike Triplett's updated 2011 NFL mock draft | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints could target DT Muhammad Wilkerson.

How mock drafts help NFL teams | The Washington Post
Mike Jones - NFL mock drafts can be entertaining, interesting and conflicting, but Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen says they also help in teams’ draft preparations.

N.F.C. Team-by-Team Needs | NYTimes.com
The Times’s Judy Battista is breaking down each team’s weaknesses heading into Thursday’s N.F.L. draft.

A.F.C. Team-by-Team Needs | NYTimes.com
Judy Battista - A team-by-team look at possible draft strategies, with first-round picks in parentheses.

 

Lagniappe

If NFL lockout lingers, games in Week 2 and Week 4 could potentially be cancelled | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Saints face Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars in those weeks.

Players could try to beat concussion tests | FOX Sports on MSN
As the NFL prepares to enact tougher concussion rules for the 2011 season — provided there is one — a brain-imaging expert warns that the league should be on guard for shady player head games.

At least one agent wants no draft at all | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio - We’ve recently been pointing out the fact — and it is a fact, not speculation or supposition — that the pending antitrust lawsuits against the NFL filed by current, former, and future players seek to overturn the draft.

 


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