New Orleans Saints Strike Gold With Marquis Colston

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IAugust 9, 2008

When the New Orleans Saints drafted Marquis Colston in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL draft, he was really an afterthought. The Big Easy was really excited with the drafting of Reggie Bush, who fell into the Saints’ lap after the Texans passed on Bush to select DE Mario Williams with the first overall selection.

Colston, who played collegiately at Hofstra, has however became the Saints’ number one receiver last year after the departure of Joe Horn for Atlanta and is going into his third year. Colston caught his first touchdown in the Saints’ 2006 season opener at Cleveland and has been aggravating defensive backs ever since, he has more catches in his first two seasons than any other NFL player has ever had in their first two seasons. He recently signed a three year extension, so you can be sure the Marquis Colston will be hauling in touchdowns for the Black and Gold for at least a few more years.

Colston will be more of a weapon this year with Jeremy Shockey, a former TE for the New York Giants, being acquired by the Saints. Shockey will force opposing teams to quit double teaming Colston and both players should have great years. Colston has been playing at the Pro Bowl level for his first two seasons, but so far, he hasn’t been able to make it to Hawaii. He has become Drew Brees’ favorite target and he and Brees are a great fantasy football pair to have.