From an article based by fellow colleague Paul Augustin, Jr. " Saints Tipping Draft Plan ". After the signings of DEs Alex Brown and Jimmy Wilkerson the Saints looks like they finally are showing there hand. In this Thursday's NFL draft look for the Saints to draft what I think everyone knows, outside linebacker. Also don't be surprised if they go with a defensive tackle with the 32nd pick. Now the million dollar question is who?
If Saints decide to go linebacker with their 32nd pick look for them to draft one of these these three linebackers :
1. Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri) - Sean Weatherspoon is the linebacker that the Saints are most coventing. He has the ability to play all three LB positions, he can drop back and cover, he could support the run, and he is a good tackler. With recent surge in his draft stocks the Saints may have to trade up maybe ahead of Arizona to obtain the athletic linebacker but he still have a chance to be around when they pick at #32.
2. Jerry Hughes (TCU) - Jerry Hughes is a versitile linebacker who played defensive end in college at TCU is another player who could fall to them at #32. He has a motor that goes from snap to whistle, he plays with leverage and instincts. In nickel and dime packages they can line him up as a defensive end. The Saints can use him in many different ways.
3. Daryl Washington (TCU) - Washington as of recent weeks is soaring up draft charts with his speed and agility. He can run from sideline to sideline, tackle, put pressure on the quarterback. What stops him from being a sure fire first rounder is that sometimes he get lost in pass coverages, but if you have a good MLB like Jonathan Vilma to keep him in the right play he would be just as good as Weatherspoon and Hughes in the Saints Defensive scheme.
If the Saints decide to pick a defensive tackle look for these name to be called.
1. Brian Price (UCLA) - Brian is a big disruptive tackle who is ideal for Williams defensive scheme. He makes a living in the backfield of opposing offenses, Brian plays with quickeness and power to get underneath the guards and centers which would give Sedrick Ellis a lot of one on one battles.
2. Jared Odrick (Penn State) - Jared is another player of recent weeks that has been skyrocketing up draft boards but still have a chance to be available at #32. He has a relentless motor with quickess and power. Jared has the ability and flexibility to play all across the line, He is a pretty good tackler that can get Sedrick Ellis one on one matchups.
Another likely scenario that the Saints will strongly consider especially if two or three of the five players are available, is to move down and pick up another draft pick since they only have six. The only way they would trade down is if they would land in the top half of the second round. So Saints fans if you don't hear those five names on Thursday than you'll probably hear names like Cleveland, Buffalo, Denver, St. Louis, or New England is on the clock.
Also look for New Orleans to draft a second linebacker later in the draft. So look for names such as Navorro Bowman, Dakoda Watson, or Stevenson Sylvester who could also fit the Saints defensive scemes.