New Orleans Saints 2012 NFL Draft Report Card: Grades for Every Pick

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New Orleans Saints 2012 NFL Draft Report Card: Grades for Every Pick
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The NFL draft is a little like Christmas—so much hype and build up and then as quickly as you can say, "BOOM!" it’s over. That said, few drafts have left me as uninterested and inattentive as the 2012 NFL draft.

This was mostly due to the Saints not possessing a pick until the third round and No. 91 overall. It was also due to the fact that the Saints had no true needs. We talked for months about how the Saints needed to add backups along the defensive line, in the secondary and at tight end.

Never once did we utter that the Saints needed to add starters through the draft. There was never uttered a line about this team being one player away or needing to find impact players who will contribute right away.

All the talk for the Saints was about the future—even about adding players for the future.

But just because these things were true, I didn’t expect such a non-descript, uneventful and questionable selection of draft picks. It is a little disheartening to me that I’ve only heard of one of the players the Saints selected in this draft.

That factor alone does not make this a horrible draft. What makes it a disappointing draft is the simple fact that the Saints may not even have secured a player who will contribute at any point in his career.

Then again, the beauty of the draft process is that it’s entirely too early to grade these picks. I’m going to do it anyway though. 

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