With the Super Bowl over and the possibility of no free agency, there is only one thing left to talk about this off-season: the draft!
After the jump you'll find each of the Saints picks in every round of the 2001 draft as well as the next few picks after the Saints. I have then listed the career stats of those players so that you can decide, in retrospect, if you would take a different player than the one the Saints actually drafted. Forget about needs of the time and just choose the player with the most talent.
Make the jump to see the Saints 2001 draft.
2001 NFL Draft
|23rd||New Orleans Saints||Deuce McAllister*||RB||Mississippi|
|24th||Denver Broncos||Willie Middlebrooks||DB||Minnesota|
|25th||Philadelphia Eagles||Freddie Mitchell||WR||UCLA|
|26th||Miami Dolphins||Jamar Fletcher||DB||Wisconsin|
|27th||Minnesota Vikings||Micheal Bennett*||RB||Wisconsin|
|28th||Oakland Raiders||Derrick Gibson||DB||Florida St.|
|29th||St. Louis Rams||Ryan Pickett||DT||Ohio State|
|30th||Indianapolis Colts||Reggie Wayne*||WR||Miami U|
(* denotes Pro Bowl)
Deuce McAllister - 1,429 rushing attempts, 6,096 yards rushing, 49 rushing TD, 234 receptions, 1,720 receiving yards, reception TD, 20 fumbles, 13 lost. 9 seasons
Willie Middlebrooks - 62 tackles, 7 passes defended, 1 sack. 5 seasons
Freddie Mitchell - 90 receptions, 1,263 receiving yards, 5 TD, 1 fumble. 4 seasons
Jamar Fletcher - 193 tackles, 26 passes defended, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 7 INT. 9 seasons
Micheal Bennett - 842 rushing attempts, 3703 rushing yards, 13 rushing TD, 159 receptions, 1,294 receiving yards, 6 receiving TD, 15 fumbles, 9 lost. Currently 10th season.
Derrick Gibson - 194 tackles, 11 passes defended, 2 sacks, 3 INT, 1 forced fumble. 6 seasons.
Ryan Pickett - 454 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 24 passes defended, 1 forced fumble. Currently 10th season.
Reggie Wayne - 787 receptions, 10,748 reception yards, 69 receiving TD, 8 fumbles, 5 lost. Currently 10th season
|70th||New Orleans Saints||Sedrick Hodge||OLB||UNC|
|71st||Green Bay Packers||Bhawoh Jue||FS||Penn State|
|72nd||Green Bay Packers||Torrance Marshall||ILB||Oklahoma|
|73rd||Jacksonville Jaguars||Westmoreland, Eric Eric Westmoreland||OLB||Tennessee|
|74th||Carolina Panthers||Smith, Steve Steve Smith*||WR||Utah|
|75th||Kansas City Chiefs||Eric Downing||DT||Syracuse|
|76th||Buffalo Bills||Ron Edwards||DT||Texas A&M|
|77th||Kansas City Chiefs||Marvin Minnis||WR||Florida State|
|81st||New Orleans Saints||Kenny Smith||DT||Alabama|
|82nd||Seattle Seahawks||Heath Evans||FB||Auburn|
|83rd||St. Louis Rams||Brian Allen||OLB||Florida St.|
|84th||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Smith, Dwight Dwight Smith||FS||Akron|
|85th||Miami Dolphins||Travis Minor||RB||Florida St.|
Sedrick Hodge - 161 tackles, 1 sack, 10 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles. 5 seasons
Bhawoh Jue- 181 tackles, 1.5 sack, 19 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles. 7 seasons
Torrance Marshall- 76 tackles, 1 sack, 2 passes defended, 1 forced fumble. 4 seasons
Eric Westmoreland - 78 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles. 4 seasons
Steve Smith - 620 receptions, 8884 receiving yards, 52 receiving TD, 28 fumbles, 10 lost. Currently 10th season
Eric Downing - 44 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 passes defended. 4 seasons
Ron Edwards - 192 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 6 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles. Currently 10th season
Marvin Minnis - 34 receptions, 515 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD. 5 seasons
Kenny Smith - 71 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 2 passes defended. 7 seasons
Heath Evans - 164 rushing attempts, 579 rushing yards, 4 rushing TD, 57 receptions, 439 receiving yards, 4 receiving TD, 3 fumbles, 1 lost. Currently 10th season.
Brian Allen- None
Dwight Smith - 465 tackles, 2 sacks 40 passes defended, 22 INT, 10 forced fumbles. 8 seasons
Travis Minor - 307 rushing attempts, 1230 rushing yards, 8 rushing TD, 67 receptions, 474 receiving yards,1 TD, 1 fumble. 8 seasons.
|115th||New Orleans Saints||Moran Norris||FB||Kansas|
|116th||St. Louis Rams||Milton Wynn||WR||Washington State|
|117th||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||John Howell||SS||Colorado State|
|118th||Indianapolis Colts||Ryan Diem||OT||Northern Illinois|
|119th||New England Patriots||Jabari Holloway||TE||Notre Dame|
Moran Norris - 28 rushing attempts, 67 yards, 1 rushing TD, 38 receptions, 198 receiving yards, 3 receiving TD, one fumble. Currently in 10th season.
Milton Wynn - 4 receptions, 69 yards. 4 games
John Howell - 100 tackles, 3 passes defended. 5 seasons.
Ryan Diem - 10 seasons as RT for Colts. Currently starting.
Jabari Holloway - 15 receptions, 157 receiving yards. 3 seasons
|153rd||New Orleans Saints||Ojo, Onome Onome Ojo||WR||California-Davis|
|154th||Washington Redskins||Darnerien McCants||WR||Delaware St.|
|155th||Philadelphia Eagles||Feeley, A.J. A. J. Feeley||QB||Oregon|
|156th||Miami Dolphins||Draper, Shawn Shawn Draper||TE||Alabama|
|157th||Minnesota Vikings||Patrick Chukwurah||OLB||Wyoming|
Onome Ojo - None
Darnerien McCants - 58 receptions, 774 receiving yards, 8 receiving TD, 1 fumble lost. 5 seasons. Currently in CFL.
A.J. Feely - 372 completions, 665 attempts, 4070 passing yards, 27 TD, 29 INT, 34 sacks. Currently 10th season.
Shawn Draper - None
Patrick Chukwurah - 81 tackles, 9 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 3 passes defended. 7 seasons.
|185th||New Orleans Saints||Mitch White||OT||Oregon State|
|186th||Washington Redskins||Mario Monds||DT||Cincinnati|
|187th||Miami Dolphins||Otis Leverette||DE||UAB|
|188th||Miami Dolphins||Rick Crowell||LB||Colorado St.|
|189th||Minnesota Vikings||Carey Scott||CB||Kentucky St.|
Mitch White - None
Mario Monds - 6 tackles. 3 seasons.
Otis Leverette - 31 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT. 4 seasons
Rick Crowell - None
Carey Scott - 2 tackle. 3 seasons.
|221st||New Orleans Saints||Ennis Davis||DT||USC|
|222nd||Seattle Seahawks||Dennis Norman||C||Princeton|
|223rd||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Than Merrill||SS||Yale|
|224th||San Francisco 49ers||Eric Johnson||TE||Yale|
|225th||Minnesota Vikings||Brian Crawford||OT||Western Oregon|
Ennis Davis - None
Dennis Norman - Journeyman center. 9 seasons.
Than Merrill - 7 tackles. 2 seasons
Eric Johnson - 240 receptions, 2178 receiving yards, 9 receiving TD, 3 fumbles, 2 lost. 5 seasons.
Brian Crawford - None
Taking into consideration as to where the Saints drafted, they didn't do half bad. Most of the guys around them were either special teamers or back ups. The only real impact player that the Saints could of had was wide receiver Steve Smith. The Saints could have kept Smith out of the hands of Carolina and they would have had a veteran No. 1 receiver to go alongside Marques Colston right now. Otherwise, the draft was pretty meh.
What do you think? Could this draft have been improved? Any thoughts to add or change to mine?