Archive for April, 2008

Saints Sign Jumpy Geathers Son
April 28, 2008


More free agent news.

Remember former Saint Jumpy Geathers?

His son is now a Saint.

The Saints signed Jeremy Geathers as a free agent today.

The younger Geathers is a pass rushing defensive end from UNLV.

His fahter Jumpy played 13 years in the NFL as a pass-rushing star for the Saints, Redskins, Falcons and Broncos from 1984-96.

http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/ analysis of Geathers: His father Jumpy Geathers played defensive line in the NFL for 13 seasons…Uncle Robert Geathers, Sr. played in the NFL for six years with the Buffalo Bills….Cousin Robert Geathers Jr. currently plays for the Cincinnati Bengals….He spent one year at Butler Community College in Kansas..Also being looked at as a possible outside linebacker…He came out early after his junior season and that might have been a mistake…May not have all the physical tools you look for but he knows how to get after the quarterback which should earn him a roster spot somewhere in the NFL.

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Saints Rookie Free Agent QB
April 28, 2008

For the second straight year the Saints have signed a quarterback after the draft

This year it’s Stanford’s T.C. Ostrander.
ESPN Overview: After redshirting his freshman year in 2003, Ostrander spent most of his first three seasons at Stanford relieving injured quarterbacks and threatening to take over the starting job permanently. As a senior, the tables were turned when he suffered an apparently non-football-related seizure and was forced to sit out the USC game. Tavita Pritchard took over as the team’s starter after upsetting the Trojans, but Ostrander found himself back in the lineup after Pritchard was injured. In eight games in 2007, he completed 130 of 229 pass attempts (56.8 percent) for 1,422 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. For his career, Ostrander played in 30 games, completing 51.2 percent of his passes for 3,783 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 110.7 passer rating. There is a lot to like about Ostrander’s live arm and intangibles but he’s a developmental prospect who needs to work on reading defenses and getting the ball out of his hand quicker. Additionally, his lack of prototypical height is a concern. Ostrander projects as a late-round pick or rookie free agent.

Saints Sneak One More Pick In
April 27, 2008

The Saints gave up a 6th round pick in the 2009 draft to acquire a choice in the 7th round this year.
With that 7th round choice the Saints take University of Michigan wide receiver Adrian Arrington.
ESPN overview: Arrington produced only two receptions for 12 yards and a 15-yard kick return in his first two seasons, mostly due to an injury that cost him all but one game of his sophomore year. He didn’t miss a game in his last two seasons and was a full-time starter last year. He finished with 40 receptions for 544 yards and eight touchdowns in 2006, then boosted his totals to 67 catches, 882 yards and eight scores in 2007. He also threw an 11-yard pass for a TD last season. Arrington was suspended from ’07 spring practices for undisclosed reasons. Arrington stepped into the No. 2 wide receiver spot opposite Mario Manningham as a junior in 2007. Considering the coaching change and personnel turnover at the other offensive skill positions, Arrington’s decision to leave early is understandable. However, he still has room to improve as a route runner and scouts will never get to see how Arrington responds as a go-to-guy for a full season. While he has some value as a potential No. 4 or No. 5 receiver in the NFL, Arrington simply lacks any elite qualities or enough versatility to warrant consideration in the first three rounds of the 2008 draft.

Saints Take A Kicker To Close Draft
April 27, 2008

With their final pick in the 2008 NFL Draft the Saints take University of Wisconsin kicker Taylor Mehlhaff.

Melhaff will no doubt handle kicking off while veteran Matrin gramatica handles the majority of field goal attmepts.

www.nfldraftcountdown.com Notes on Mehlhaff: South Dakota’s 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year and was rated as the top kicker prospect in the country by Rivals…Had a strong showing at the East-West Shrine Game…Could make it as a kickoff specialist alone if he doesn’t cut it on field goals.

Saints Take OT Carl Nicks In 5th Round
April 27, 2008

With their second pick in the 5th round the Saints added some depth on the o-line choosing mamoth OT Carl Nicks from the University of Nebraska.

ESPN Overall: Nicks signed with New Mexico State out of high school (2003), switching from defensive tackle to the offensive line. In 2004, he transferred to Hartnell (Salinas, Calif.) CC, where he played two seasons (2004-’05). Nicks also threw shot put and discus for Hartnell’s track team. He transferred to Nebraska in 2006, appearing in 11 games (two starts) at right tackle in his first season with the Cornhuskers. As a senior in 2007, he moved to left tackle and made 11 starts, appearing in all 12 games. He missed the first quarter of last season’s Kansas State game because of disciplinary reasons. Nicks is a couple notches below elite-tackle prospects such as Jake Long, Ryan Clady and Chris Williams. He played left tackle as a senior at Nebraska but he is a far better fit on the right side. Nicks moves well enough for his size but he does not possesses ideal agility for the position, so his technique must improve considerably before he’s ready to compete for playing time at the next level. If coached properly, though, Nicks has the massive size, short-area quickness and mean streak to develop into a quality starter in the NFL Nicks should come off the board late in the second round or early in the third round.

Saints Select DT DeMario Pressley in 5th Round
April 27, 2008

The annual NFL draft rolls on and the Saints continue to add depth on the interior defensive line.
With the 144th overall choice (5th round) the team picked North Carolina State defensive tackle DeMario Pressley.
ESPN Overall: Pressley appeared in 33 games (24 starts) in his first three seasons (2004-’06), recording 102 tackles (14 for losses) and three sacks. As a senior last season, he played 10 games (eight starts) and had 38 tackles (six for losses), 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. In 2007, he came off the bench in the opener while still recovering from torn ligaments in his left elbow, then missed the next two games after tearing meniscus tissue in his right knee in practice. In 2006, he sat out most of spring drills because of a broken toe and missed the season finale after suffering a wrist injury that required season-ending surgery. Pressley will enter the 2008 draft as one of the most experienced defensive tackles in the class and his blend of size and speed means he has a great deal of upside. However, he’s yet to reach his potential and his problems staying healthy over the past two years raise a red flag. With all of that said, Pressley projects as a fourth round pick.

Saints Choose CB Tracy Porter In 2nd Round (40th Overall)
April 26, 2008

The Saints choose underrated Indiana University cornerback Tracy Porter in the second round of the annual NFL draft.

Porter is regarded as a solid cover corner who can play in man to man coverage.
ESPN Overview of Porter:
Overall: Porter arrived at Indiana in 2004 and immediately earned a spot in the lineup, starting seven games before a left clavicle fracture ended his season. He played and started in all 36 games over his final three seasons (2005-’07). For his career, Porter had 212 tackles (5.5 for losses, all last season), two forced fumbles, 16 interceptions, 24 pass breakups and three touchdown returns (one interception, one fumble and one punt). Porter had a breakout season in 2007, recording 83 tackles, six interceptions and four pass breakups. He also averaged 13.6 yards on 35 punt returns, all during his junior and senior seasons. Porter lacks good strength and needs to become more physical both versus the run and in coverage. However, he is a quick-twitched athlete capable of blanketing wide receivers in man-to-man coverage. Porter also is a playmaker in coverage, as well as the punt return game. Overall, Porter is an underrated prospect with enough potential and versatility to warrant second-round consideration.

Saints Draft DT Sedrick Ellis From USC 7th Overall
April 26, 2008

The Saints traded with the New England Patriots and moved up from the 10th spot to the 7th spot and selected USC defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.

The Saints only had to swap picks with the Pat’s this year to make the deal work.

The Saints give up their 3rd round choice this year but pick up New England’s 5th round selection.

To me this is an amazing move for the Saints…..management should go to church tomorrow and say their prayers!

The get one of the top 5 players in the the draft 7th overall and not have to give up a proven starter or their 2nd round pick (40th) overall to get Ellis.
Great deal, great pick….this guys helps the Saints immediately!

Saints dangling Brown, hoping to move up for Dorsey
April 25, 2008

Saints dangling Brown, hoping to move up for Dorsey

courtesy: Pete Prisco

The New Orleans Saints are trying hard to move up in Saturday’s draft for a shot to draft defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey of LSU, and one of the pieces they are shopping in a trade is left tackle Jammal Brown, according to a league source.

Brown, who has 43 starts in his three seasons in the league, is considered one of the better young tackles in the game, although his play dropped off some in 2007.
Brown went to the Pro Bowl in 2006 as a second-year player and was named to the All-Pro team. The decision to include Brown in trade talks shows the seriousness of the Saints and their want for Dorsey.
To get to Dorsey, the Saints would likely have to work out a deal with the St. Louis Rams to get the second pick. The Rams also like Dorsey, so it might be tough to pry that pick away. The Saints own the 10th pick in the first round, and Dorsey would certainly be gone by then.
The Atlanta Falcons, who own the third pick, are also interested in Dorsey. They could move up to the second spot to make sure the Saints don’t jump them to get Dorsey.
Brown was the 13th player taken in the 2005 NFL Draft. He started at right tackle as a rookie, so he can play both.
In 2006, Brown was charged with domestic abuse after his wife dialed 911 and told police her husband had struck her. The charges were later dropped.

Editors Note: I think this would be an amazing deal for the Saints. Jammal Brown is totally overrated in my opinion.

Zach Streif has been a fine fill-in for Brown and would be a solid player at the position.

He and Jermon Bushrod could battle for the left tackle position along with a potential draft pick from this year’s class.

In essence the deal is Jammal Brown for Gelnn Dorsey….If I were Saints GM I’d do it in a second and never lose a wink of sleep!

2008 WDSU Mock Saints Draft
April 21, 2008

***WE AT WDSU BELIEVE THE SAINTS WILL TRADE UP BEFORE THEIR 1st SELECTION ON SATURDAY APRIL 26TH*****

It’s our opinion the Saints will try to trade up to the #2 spot (St. Louis), the #7 spot (New England) or the #8 spot (Baltimore) and grab either LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey or USC defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.

Saints GM Mickey Loomis has all but said the team is trying to trade up to the #2 spot for LSU DT Glenn Dorsey.
Draft picks could also be part of a trade to acquire TE Jeremy Shockey from the New York Giants. This is a trade we feel will happen.
But, assuming the team keeps the #10 overall pick and does not lose any choices through a Shockey trade here’s how our mock draft breaks down:

ROUND 1: Pick #10

Ryan Clady, Offensive Tackle, Boise State
6’6, 320

WHY: Getting an OT like Clady, you get a player who will anchor your offensive line for a decade.

Crazy pick? Some people would say so. But, remember last year? While most experts were saying the Saints would take CB Aaron Ross or another defensive player we were saying all along that the Saints would select a WR in the first round.
QUICK BIO: Has a rare blend of size and athleticism and was born to protect the quarterbacks blind side…Has all the physical tools you look for and he’s the best pure left tackle prospect in this draft…A sure-fire Top 10-15 pick.

ROUND 2: Pick #40


Trevor Laws, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame

6’1, 305

WHY: If the Saints don’t trade up for Dorsey or Ellis they’ll have to address their depth on the defensive line and their are plenty of solid guys who’ll be available in round 2. We believe Laws is the best of the bunch.

QUICK BIO: Finished 49-0 as a state champion super-heavyweight wrestler as a junior…Was ranked as the #1 high school wrestler in the nation…Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota..Played defensive tackle for the first 3 years of his college career and moved outside to end as a senior when the Irish transitioned to a 3-4…Notched an amazing 112 tackles as a senior, which matched the total of his three previous years combined…Could project to either tackle or end at the next level depending on the scheme…Doesn’t have all the physical tools you look for but his intangibles are top-rate.

ROUND 3: Pick #78

Ali Highsmith, Outside Linebacker, LSU

6′, 230

WHY: Scott Shanle is the Saints starter but getting a young player to push him and perhaps replace him is a good idea. Plus, newly signed free agent Dan Morgan may never play again. I’ve been a fan of Ali for years and though his pre-draft workouts have dropped him into the mid-rounds, I think he’s going to excell in the NFL.

QUICK BIO: Classic weakside prospect who is equally effective against the run as well as in coverage and could excel in the right situation.

NO 4TH ROUND PICK: (Selection Traded To N.Y. Jets for Jonathan Vilma)

ROUND 5: Pick #146

Corey Lynch, Free Safety, Appalachian State

6’1, 200

WHY: Because if I see Josh Bullocks get burned on another deep pass I might puke! Back-up Kevin Kaesviharn is just that, a back-up! It might be a little early for Lynch but given the fact that the Saints have had such success finding small school gems, we feel this is a solid pick for the 5th round.

QUICK BIO: A three-time All-American….23 career interceptions. Prolific and productive small school star. May not have all the physical tools you look for but makes up for it by doing all of the little things.

ROUND 6: Pick #178

Brian Witherspoon, Cornerback, Stillman College

5’11, 175

WHY: Because the Saints need depth at the cornerback position.

QUICK BIO: Also a Division II Track All-American at Stillman and he even played some baseball for the Tigers as well….Might be more of a track guy playing football than the other way around but when you’re as fast as he is it almost guarantees you a serious look from pro scouts. An intriguing developmental prospect who might be a perfect candidate for the practice squad.

ROUND 7: Pick #218

Danny Woodhead, Runningback, Chadron State

5’8, 195

WHY: If anyone can find a way to use this guy, it’s Sean Payton!

QUICK BIO: He has been prolific at every level so far but the NFL is a different animal….A phenomenal college player (109 career touchdowns) with a lot of hype but just does not project well as a prospect…Will have to try and make it as a 3rd down back / situational guy and return specialist.

More possible late round selections or free agent signees.
3 guys the Saints should sign as free agents if they go undrafted. These 3 players could also be picked up in rounds 6 or 7 and easily replace Witherspoon & Woodhead in my mock draft.
Caleb Campbell, Strong Safety, Army
WHY: A potential back-up for Roman Harper.
QUICK BIO: A very good player and the best pro prospect Army has had in many years. Developmental type who’s underrated and could at least be a quality backup and special teamer. Would not have to fulfill his service commitment in the traditional sense if he made an NFL roster
Paul Smith, Quarterback, University of Tulsa

or
Mark Nicolet, Quarterback, Hillsdale College

WHY: Both are born leaders who could in time really develop under guys like Sean Payton and Drew Brees.

***QUICK BIOS COURTESY: http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/***