Grading The 2009 Saints Draft

Let’s give the Saints overall draft a grade shall we…I say: C+

I graded the four selections as follows: A, B+, C-, F

ANALYSIS COURTESY: DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM

1st Round:

MALCOLM JENKINS-DEFENSIVE BACK-THE OHIO STATE UNIVERISTY

GRADE: A

Also being looked at as a free safety prospect…Probably would have been a first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft had he come out after his junior season…A three-year starter in the Big Ten…Helped lead his high school team to three consecutive state titles…Was named 1st Team All-Big Ten as a sophomore, junior and senior…Missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury as a true freshman but was otherwise healthy…Will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Buckeyes cornerbacks who have found great success in the NFL like Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer, Nate Clements and Chris Gamble…Will likely begin his pro career at corner but if that doesn’t work out he still has Pro Bowl potential as a safety…Best fit may come in a zone scheme where he can press…Eerily reminiscent of Antrel Rolle coming out of college and carries a similar pro grade…Not an elite shut-down cover guy but could be a #1 corner.

SYNOPSIS COURTESY: WWW.DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM 

{Fletcher’s take: I think Jenkins will surprise people at corner and start opposite Tracy Porter}

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4th Round:

CHIP VAUGHN-STRONG SAFETY-WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

GRADE: B+

SYNOPSIS COURTESY: WWW.DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM

First name is “Clarence”…Actually arrived at Wake Forest as a wide receiver…Saw extensive action as a backup early in his career before taking over a starting job in 2007…Led the Demon Deacons in tackles as a junior…A blue-collar prospect who certainly isn’t flashy but has adequate physical tools and even better intangibles…An in-the-box run supporter whose best fit at the  next level will be as a strong safety.

{Fletcher’s Take: I think Vaughn will push or replace Roman Harper at the strong safety position}

chipvaughn

 

4th Round:

STANLEY ARNOUX-LINEBACKER-WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

GRADE: C-

SYNOPSIS COURTESY: WWW.DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM

Last name is pronounced “are-NEW”…Was a four-year starter for the Demon Deacons…Played outside linebacker early on in his career then replaced Jon Abbate in the middle in 2007…Was overshadowed by Aaron Curry but really made a name for himself with an impressive performance at the Scouting Combine…Doesn’t play up to his workout numbers but possesses top intangibles…Won’t be a good fit for every team…Could compete for a roster spot as a backup and special teamer.

{Fletcher’s Take: This guy was probably a reach but the Saints were thin at linebacker last year and Arnoux could provide depth both inside and outside and on special teams.}

arnoux

 

5th Round:

THOMAS MORSTEAD-PUNTER-SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY (SMU)

GRADE: F

SYNOPSIS COURTESY: WWW.DRAFTCOUNTDOWN.COM

Career average is the fourth best in school history…Connected on 37 of 53 field goal attempts (70%) and went 106 for 108 on extra points for the Mustangs…Named 2nd Team All-Conference USA in 2006 and 1st Team in 2007…Led Conference USA and ranked 9th in the nation with a 44.6-yard average as a junior…Very good prospect who played his entire college career in relative obscurity…Has the physical tools and superb intangibles to be drafted and earn a starting job in the NFL.

{Fletcher’s Take: What The H^&*?!?!?!?!?! I can’t believe the Saints traded up to draft a punter when they have a guy who finished 2008 punting so well.  The Saints tried to trade up on day one and get back into the 1st round to select Ohio State running back Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells.  Why not take a big back in the 5th round?  Or wait and take one in the 7th round without trading up. The Saints should have taken UNLV RB Frank ‘The Tank” Summers, RB Fui Vakapuna from BYU or RB Rashad Jennings from Liberty.}

tmorstead

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2 Responses

  1. I agree: The Saints made good picks in this year’s draft! 🙂

  2. everything was great except the punter

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