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2008 NFL Draft: Saints Select Sedrick Ellis and Tracy Porter

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Sedrick Ellis
School: USC
Year: Senior
Hometown: Chino, California
Date of Birth: 07/09/85
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 309
Bench Press: 34
Vertical Jump: 26.5"
40-Yard Dash: 5.32


(Paul Riley)

Tracy Porter
School: Indiana
Year: Senior
Hometown: Port Allen, Louisiana
Date of Birth: 08/11/86
Height: 5'11
Weight: 185
Bench press 18
40-Yard Dash: 4.37
20-yard shuttle 4.07
60-yard shuttle 11.22

Following a trade with the New England Patriots to get to the seventh spot, the New Orleans Saints selected DT out of USC Sedrick Ellis in the first round of this years draft. In the second round the Saints selected CB Tracy Porter from Indiana.

I don't know about you guys but I am pretty happy about day one of the draft. I love the Sedrick Ellis trade. That is exactly what I thought should happen. Honestly, Tracy Porter was off my radar, as I think he was off a lot of peoples radar. But I am liking what I have been reading about him. And at least at this point, and I hope I don't regret saying this, I actually trust the Saints. Now that we have taken care of some business on the defensive side, we have a little freedom in the later rounds to take an offensive player if he was BPA.

How do you guys feel about it? Are you as happy as I am that the Saints seem to have their head on straight, and haven't done anything out of left field?

In the upcoming days I will do a post on each new member of the Saints. Today, I will just drop the obligatory links. I know most of you have probably already done all your research on these guys, and have read all the articles and info about the draft that have come out today, but I feel obliged to do this, just in case.

The New Orleans Saints Official Website has a bunch on todays action:
Sedrick Ellis Bio
Tracey Porter Bio
Media Interview with Sedrick Ellis
Sean Payton Discusses Day One
Mickey Loomis Discusses Day One

Here are your obligatory local news coverage links of the draft:
Times-Picayune on Sedrick Ellis
Times-Picayune on Tracy Porter
Sun Herald on Sedrick Ellis
Sun Herald on Tracy Porter
The Advocate on Ellis and Porter

Note: Awesome use of the Open Thread guys! I was very happy to come home from the fest to see you guys participating. The more people the merrier. I will do an Open Thread tomorrow as well, and I will be around to participate.

Jazzfest was miserable today but Billy Joel rocked in the rain.