"It may be a lost draft, other than the elite-elite," Montana-based agent Ken Staninger said.
Going with it for the players means training on their own. For first-round picks, it means devouring the playbooks they were able to get from their teams during Friday's short break in the lockout.
"The quarterbacks and offensive linemen and wide receivers, these young guys, can you imagine? With no mini-camps and no OTAs, if they show up Aug. 1 to training camp, they're going to be so lost," Montana-based agent Ken Staninger said.
4. Saints prove rich can get richer If a draft could be graded simply on name recognition of the players selected (and, of course, it shouldn't be), no team has enjoyed a better first two days than the New Orleans Saints. They found a scheme-diverse defensive lineman in California's Cameron Jordan with the No. 24 overall pick for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to get creative with. They traded back into the first round four picks later to nab 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, the top running back in the draft. The Saints added another first-round caliber athlete in linebacker Martez Wilson (Illinois) with their third-round pick, No. 72 overall.
With these three making up a virtual Who's Who in the Pac-10, SEC and Big 10, the Saints painted their masterpiece with broad strokes. Adding Louisville cornerback Johnny Patrick with their final pick of the day (No. 88 overall) only adds to their talented class.
Record 25 players will be at NFL draft: Amukamara; Ayers; Clayborn; Cobb; Dareus; Fairley; Gabbert; Green; Herzlich; Ingram; J. Jones; Jordan; Liuget; V. Miller; Moore; Newton; Peterson; Pouncey; Aldon Smith; Tyron Smith; P.Taylor; Watkins; Watt; Ryan Williams