Could this guy be the next Marques Colston? If the Saints draft him in the 7th round next weekend, he's halfway there. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
HansDat's Draft Daze continue with a look at Pat Y.'s look at some writers' ideas of the Saints possible draft plans.
This particular post appeared Thursday evening, and in it he reverses course from an earlier tack he was taking by giving us enough information from an "Insider" piece so that we didn't need to actually read it, and now he teases us with them, just like a crack dealer (the first one's free, but once they're hooked, then make them pay for it...). This time he tries to lure us into (literally) buying into reading the ESPN Insider pieces by Steve Muench and Matt Williamson.
But I'm not going to fall for it. I will work with whatever you give me for free.
Make the jump for the free details...(and if anyone's actually an ESPN Insider, by all means tell us what you know!)
In the Muench post, Pat only gives us three of the five picks Muench made for the Saints, with a focus on defense...
Muench starts with Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson in the third round and also has them taking defensive tackle Jaye Howard in the fifth round. Both picks make plenty of sense. The Saints don't have picks in the first two rounds and they obviously have some needs on defense as new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo takes over. Spagnuolo emphasizes the importance of generating a pass rush almost exclusively from the front four. Aside from defensive end Will Smith, the Saints don't have a strong pass-rusher. Muench says Johnson has the quickness to develop into a good pass-rusher. Howard also has potential as a pass-rusher in the interior. That could help because defensive tackles Brodrick Bunkley and Sedrick Ellis aren't known for their pass-rushing skills.
...and then trying to find another Marques Colston:
He has the Saints taking Western Michigan wide receiver Jordan White in the seventh round. White doesn't have a lot of upside and he'll be a 24-year-old rookie. Once upon a time, 2006 to be precise, the Saints used a seventh-round pick on a receiver who wasn't supposed to have a lot of upside. That wound up working out very nicely. That pick was used on Marques Colston.
Williamson just says the Saints are up s*** creek in the 2012 draft, and that they need help on defense (duh):
In this Insider post, Matt Williamson writes about the four teams with the worst draft situations. As you would expect for a team short on picks, the Saints made his list. Then again, so did the Falcons.
In his analysis of what the Saints need, Williamson is in full agreement with Muench about the importance of adding some help to the defensive front. I think that's pretty much the consensus on where the Saints' biggest needs are.
You know, about this time each year, I'm usually pretty sick of all this draft speculation, but for some reason, this year not so much. Go figure.
And now let's discuss what these yahoos "plan" for the Saints in the 2012 draft...