Sean Payton In Love With Big Receivers

Back in 2006 the Saints used a 7th round draft pick on a receiver named Marques Colston from Hofstra University. 

At the time experts looked at his size (6’5, 235) and thought that he’d be a developmental tight end project.

He emerged as a true #1 wide receiver.

I’ve always believed that Sean Payton’s offense runs best with receivers who are big enough to break the jam at the line, who run crisp routes and who catch anything thrown their way… Colston. 

That’s why it’s no surprise to me that last year they took 6’3 inch Robert Meachem in the 1st round last year. Meachem is of course thus far a bust but we’ll see if he bounces back after a forgettable rookie year.

Last week the Saints traded a pick in 2009 to acquire one final draft choice this year….and with that pick they chose University of Michigan wide receiver Adrian Arrington.  Arrington is big (6’3, 205) with soft hands and considered a solid route runner.  The knock on him….lack of explosive speed. 

Now the Saints have announced that they’ve signed 2 more huge receivers.

6’7 Stanford wide out Evan Moore and 6’5 Todd Blythe out of Iowa State.

Here are quick breakdown’s on Moore and Blythe and here’s hoping one of them emerges as this year’s diamond in the rough.

 A one-time two-sport star for the Cardinal, having also played basketball at Stanford in his first two years on campus, Moore signs with the Saints and becomes the tallest wideout on the roster. He finished his collegiate career with 103 catches for 1,555 yards and 12 touchdowns, playing in 38 games over five seasons (he was granted a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending dislocated hip in the opener of his original junior season of 2005).


Blythe is an athletic and rangy receiver who was a standout receiver as a four-year starter for the Cyclones, catching 176 passes for 3,096 yards and 31 touchdowns in 45 career games on the collegiate level. The Indianola, Iowa native was named first-team All-Big XII in his sophomore season of 2005 when caught 51 balls for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. He set a career-high as a senior with 52 catches, earning honorable mention all-conference honors.


2 Responses

  1. That is good how the Saints signed 2 more receivers! I just hope that Robert Meachem does better in ’08 with the Saints (personally, I still think that the Saints should have drafted former Notre Dame Quarterback/current Cleveland Browns Quarterback Brady Quinn when they had the chance in the 1st Round of the 2007 NFL Draft).

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