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2015 NFL Draft Results: Grading the Garrett Grayson Pick

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With their first of two third round picks, the Saints have selected Garrett Grayson. How do you grade the pick? This should be interesting.

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With the 75th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints have selected Colorado State quarterback, Garrett Grayson.

Here is a look at the newest Saint, from NFL.com:

STRENGTHS

Tremendous deep-ball touch and accuracy this season. Puts air under the ball and feathers throw into consistently catchable spots for receivers. Gets feet set and uses lower body and proper weight transfer to drive the ball to his target with zip. Works to square shoulders to throw when outside of the pocket. Scouts love his toughness and improved poise in the pocket. Willing to face down oncoming rusher and take hit in order to deliver the pass. Shows confidence to challenge safeties and will attack press-man cornerbacks over the top. Production improved each season as starter. Has worked under center, in pistol and out of shotgun.

WEAKNESSES

Has a small windup, which slows release. Catch-and-run touchdowns helped inflate his YPA and touchdowns this season. Tape work shows inconsistent decision-making and and a need for faster processing. Gets too locked in on his primary target. Rarely threatens defenses with feet. Lacks improvisation and ability to extend plays. Needs play to stay on schedule. Needs work on anticipation and trusting windows. Slow getting into his drops and scouts want quicker ball handling from him. Shows inconsistent accuracy on short throws into windows against zone. Will run his receivers into big collisions at times.

BOTTOM LINE

Grayson went from fringe draft prospect to clearly on the draft board with a strong 2014 season. Despite average arm talent, he uses good lower-body mechanics to generate velocity and his touch and accuracy on deep throws is eye-opening. Grayson needs more tape work to help improve his decision-making, but his size, production and growth at the position have ticked the requisite draft boxes to make him an intriguing mid-round prospect.

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Saints Draft Picks

  • 13th Overall (Round 1) - Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
  • 31st Overall (Round 1) - Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
  • 44th Overall (Round 2) - Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
  • 75th Overall (Round 3) - Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
  • 78th Overall (Round 3)
  • 148th Overall (Round 5)
  • 154th Overall (Round 5)
  • 187th Overall (Round 6)
  • 230th Overall (Round 7)

Saints Remaining Team Needs

  • Cornerback
  • Inside Linebacker
  • Outside Linebacker
  • Wide Receiver
  • Offensive Tackle
  • Quarterback of the future