In Sunday's fourth round, the New Orleans Saints decided to make two deamons a part of their monastery. Both provided tremendous affliction to offenses throughout their college career, although they were the lesser known deamons to be given new titles this past weekend.
The names of these two former Deamons are Chip Vaughn and Stanley Arnoux. Vaughn is a safety and Arnoux projects as a Will (Weakside Linebacker).
For those of you who want to know what to look for from these players, here is a brief scouting report on the two, based solely on film from their senior year.
Chip Vaughn, S, Wake Forest, 6' 2", 221 lbs, Grade: 5.9 (Fourth Round)
Games Viewed: Mississippi, @ Florida State, vs. Clemson
ATHLETIC ABILITY 6.0 COVERAGE 6.0
TACKLING 6.0 COMPETES 6.5
PLAY SPEED 6.5 INSTINCTS 6.0
Vaughn is a good athlete for his big frame/size. He is very competitive and a hard worker. He has good strength for the safety position, which when he uses, can be very helpful to his game.
He is effective in zone coverage with his ability to fly around the football field. He is good at flipping his hips and getting deep, but also at breaking and closing on the throws in front of him.
Chip is adequate at diagnosing plays, but he needs work on his recognition skills. He can play man to man, but he’s not going to be able to against a quick player.
While he is an effective tackler, he is not consistent, and not the knockout artist that some expect in a safety. He has decent ball skills, but lacks big play ability. He also needs to improve on his ability to shed blocks.
Vaughn is a good fourth round developmental type safety. He could play in the box, or in coverage, making him a great fit for a cover-two or an interchangeable safety backfield. He has good size and strength, but in pretty much all areas he needs to improve.
He should be able to be a good special teams player right away who in a year or two should be able to develop into a solid starting NFL safety.
Stanley Arnoux, LB, Wake Forest, 6' 1", 240 lbs, Grade: 5.9 (Fourth Round)
Games Viewed: vs. Mississippi, @ Florida State, vs. Clemson
ATH. ABILITY 6.0 INITIAL QUICK 6.0
PLAY STR. 6.0 COMPETES 6.0
PLAY SPEED 6.5 INSTINCTS 6.5
Stanley is a quick-twitch athlete for the linebacker position. He has good range and can play sideline-to-sideline effectively. He excels at dropping pass coverage and flipping his hips.
He also has the ability to come up quickly and make plays on ball carriers running at him. He plays with a high-motor and is fairly tough, which should allow him to excel on special teams early in his career.
Stanley is not as strong as his body type makes him seem. This effects him in his ability to play the run at him and shed blockers. He is only average off the ball, from a quickness perspective. Because of this he will struggle to provide a consistent pass rush as a blitzer.
He doesn’t use his hands well and gets lost in coverage, in relation to where the ball is, on occasion. He tends to lunge/arm tackle and is not a thumper.
Being that I did this evaluation after the draft, it appears Stanley ended up right where he should have, in the middle of the fourth round. He is a guy who tends to be around the football quite a bit. He makes plays, and managed to stand out on one of the most talented defenses in the entire country a season ago.
He does have some weaknesses, especially in relation to playing strength, and he just needs to improve fundamentally, in relation to technique. If he can do that, he has a chance to become a starting-caliber player in a couple of years, while being able to help on special teams right away for the Saints.
Hopefully, when you read this, you saw that I like these two players, and feel each will make the Saints a better football team not just this year, but are guys who down the road can make the Saints a good defense for years to come.
Two Other Quick Notes
The Saints released their starting defensive tackles of the 2006 season, Brian Young and Hollis Thomas. It is too bad, as both were good players, but both men's stock fell because of injury issues.
Thankfully, Sedrick Ellis, Rod Coleman, and DeMario Pressley should make for a pretty good unit, along with some of the other players they have at that position as rotation guys. The Saints should be okay at that position.
Finally, on Friday, I will have scouting reports on at least a couple of rookie free agents signed by the Saints this week.
Until then, Geaux Saints!