Now that the 2011 NFL Draft has culminated, it is time to begin dissecting the role and impact each player will play for each team. In our case, we're going to use the term vision. We do so because that is the term Sean Payton uses for his players, and I like that wording better.
Despite trading up to gain a second first round pick, the Saints still managed to select six total players. They selected two on each day of the draft—two in the first round, two in the third and two in the seventh.
No pick felt like a reach, and in fact, it seems the Saints got tremendous value with each pick. Yes, they gave up a second round pick for Mark Ingram, but when a scouting department deems a player to be special—as the Saints clearly did with Ingram—they become much more willing to make such a move.
But this article has much more to do with what each player does after they have been drafted, then where they were drafted. That is another Sean Payton-ism—once a player is acquired, it doesn't matter how, only what they do for you.
Without further ado, here is the vision that I have for each player the Saints drafted in 2011.