How sweet it is to be Super Bowl Champions!
Picking 32nd is about as good as it gets. It means you've won a championship. It also means that you have needs that are insignificant compared to every other team in the league. This all leads to an unbelievable flexibility and freedom to pick "the best player available".
Ultimately, that is what the Saints did this weekend. This article is not a comprehensive review or breakdown of each player selected (hopefully that will come over the next week, or whenever I'm done with school projects). Instead this is a brief article to simply send my props to Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton, and the rest of the New Orleans Saints personnel department.
I applaud them for overcoming the temptation to force a pick that was not of value. I appreciate their desire and effort to select players that add depth and make the roster younger at spots where competition is needed.
I appreciate that they passed on a RB and LB when there were no players that truly fit what they need. I love that they are willing to move forward with players already on their roster.
While I would have loved players such as Nate Allen or Daryl Washington--both guys Sean Payton said the team would have considered in the second round--I understand they were not the highest guy on the board at pick 32. While I disagree that Pat Robinson is better than those two players, I can appreciate that reasoning.
I also love the OT pick. I am definitely of the opinion that Jammal Brown's days in New Orleans should be over. I would love to see Charles Brown be the new guy in the near future, but for now it is clear that Jermon Bushrod can get the job done.
The Jimmy Graham pick is exciting, especially considering his basketball background. We know Mr. Brees likes that type of tight end. I believe with Tight End Coach Terry Malone coaching the young baller up, he will develop quickly and be a regular contributor in the next few years. And we know Sean Payton is not afraid to play three or four tight ends in one game.
I love adding a young DT for the competition factor. At that position, competition is the key to making sure two players emerge that will provide both a pass rush and hold down the running games of the teams on the Saints' 2010 schedule.
Finally, adding a center and QB are both positions I like. All teams like to have a developmental prospect at the QB position, and having a center to develop and take over when Jonathan Goodwin's better years have left him, I believe is a wonderful strategy.
But remember these moves were made more because of the best player available model than filling specific needs.
And that is why I love this draft. Picking 32 is where I want to pick every year, because it's oh so sweet!