Last year the Saints made it clear to the entire National Football League that one of the top two defencive tackles was gonna be holding up a black and gold jersey on draft day. Unable to pry Glenn Dorsey from the Chiefs, they made a move on Sedrick Ellis.
The Saints traded their first and third round picks, 10th and 78th, to New England for their first and fifth round picks, 7th and 164th. This enabled the Saints to jump ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals and snag Ellis.
The Pats selected two linebackers in Jerod Mayo and Shawn Crable, with their picks. Mayo, 10th pick, really proved he was the best linebacker in the draft. That was no surprise to SEC fans as having watched him in the championship game against Louisana State University, the kid was everywhere.
Crable, 78th pick, on the other hand spent the season on injured reserve, but is full of potential. Another season or two will be needed to judge his impact on this trade.
Ellis, seventhth pick, played very well for the Saints as he was stout aginst the run and good push aginst the pass. While his stats don't jump out at you he will be a force in the Saints middle for years to come.
Carl Nicks, 164th pick, what a steal! Pressed into service, after Nesbit's four game suspension, showed he could play pass or run at a high level.
A mean run blocker, but also didn't give up a single sack, for a team that throws the ball around 60 percent of the time. Even after Nesbit's return, Carl retained the starting role.
So,who came out better? In my opinion, both teams can claim victory.
For the Pats guys like Mayo don't grow on trees. For the Saints they got two linemen that will be staples for years to come. That's what I think, what do you think? Saints fans, Pats fans, let me know.
Maybe we can do something simular in this years draft.