2011 NFL Draft Grades: The New Orleans Saints Pay Too Much For Too Little
The Saints Trade Up For Mark Ingram
The Saints drafted Cameron Jordan to start the evening, but then traded back up into the first round to grab Mark Ingram.
The Jordan selection is not bad, but there probably were players better suited to the specific needs of the Saints on the board.
The Ingram trade up is baffling not because the Saints need another option in the backfield, but because they thought they needed to pay that much to get Ingram.
The Saints would have been better off selecting Ingram first and taking a pass rusher second and not losing a second-round pick this year and a first-round pick next year.
Martez Wilson was the other big name the Saints took in the third round, which adds a good athlete to the defense, but there are questions on how well Wilson will transition to the NFL.
The Saints got some good players, but only time will tell if these players were worth the price paid. At this moment, it gives the Saints a bad grade. If the Saints are successful, this grade certainly will go up.
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