Saints Use Draft Mostly for Defense After Number One Pick
The Saints started the draft offensively minded (WR Brandin Cooks) but quickly tuned to take a defensive back and line backer with thier 2nd and third pick.
In the 2nd Round of the NFL draft the Saints took Nebraska DB Stanley Jean-Baptiste. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton summarized the pic saying "His skill set as a young player and what we've seen is something that you get excited about, especially at that position because I mentioned last night there are certain positions, the pass rushers, the left tackles, the cornerbacks. Those (positions) are harder to find and they typically go pretty quick in the draft, especially the first day and a half or two days.”
The next time the Saints got a pick was in the 4th round and they took California LB Khairi Fortt. Fortt is 6'2", 245 pounds that NFL.com describes as a "speedy, finesse, see-and-go reactor who looks the part and has intriguing, starter-caliber athleticism to fit on the weak side in a fast-flowing 4-3 where he's freed up to chase the ball. Must sharpen his eyes and instincts to reach his potential."
In the fifth round the Saints drafted Alabama Safety Vinnie Sunseri . The 5'11" 210 pound was a stand out on special teams as well as playing safety.
Another fifth round pic for the Saints goes for another line backer in Florida's LB Ronald Powell.NFL.com says Powell has terrific agility, can stunt and loop/ closes fast, flashes strong hands and power potential has loose hips to zone drop. He was deployed as a stand-up linebacker and hand-in-the-dirt rush end. Has untapped potential.
If you are like me ... you have been wondering if we were going after any offensive Linemen, Well with the teams next draft pick the Saints chosde 6'5, 280 pound Kansas State OT Tavon Rooks. He could be looked at as the eventual replacement for Zack Strief when he leaves in three years.
Coach Sean Payton explained his plans for the draft class of 2014.