5 Directions the Saints Can Go In the 1st Round (Mocked Up)

Last week I previewed the 5 directions the Saints could go with their 1st round pick, and today I mocked those directions out using http://www.first-pick.com/.   The grades next to the picks are the grade the site gave the choices.




Round 1 Pick 27: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU (A)

Round 2 Pick 26: Marcus Martin, C, Southern California (A)

Round 3 Pick 27: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (A)

Round 4 Pick 26: Devon Kennard, OLB, Southern California (C-)

Round 5 Pick 27: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama (B+)

Round 5 Pick 29: Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech (A)

Round 6 Pick 26: David Fales, QB, San Jose State (A)

I like this one a lot.  Beckham will be a very good NFL WR, and we get our C/G of the future in Martin in the 2nd.  Jean-Baptiste is a big CB Rob Ryan would love to use.  Fales is the 6th is a steal, and would be Drew’s understudy.


Round 1 Pick 27: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU (B)

Round 2 Pick 26: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (B+)

Round 3 Pick 27: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa (B+)

Round 4 Pick 26: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina (A)

Round 5 Pick 27: Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State (C)

Round 5 Pick 29: Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville (B+)

Round 6 Pick 26: Danny Kistler Jr, OT, Montana (D-)

I would have liked Fuller in the 1st, but he went the pick before.  Verrett is alright, and I love getting Latimer, Fiedorowicz and Ellington. Continue reading


5 Directions the Saints Can Go In the 1st Round

The New Orleans Saints hold the 27th pick in next month’s NFL draft, and like most teams have number of directions they could go with their 1st round pick. Let’s take a look at the most likely positions/players the Saints could take in the 1st.


fullerThe Saints have turned their safety corps into one of the league’s best, but they still have some work to be done in the front of their secondary. Keenan Lewis is has one side of the field locked down and proved one of the best free agent signings of 2013. Champ Bailey is a future Hall of Famer, but at 36 he is better suited as the Saints nickel corner. The Saints would be very wise to go with a big press corner that will give Rob Ryan’s pass rush more bite. Darqueze Dennard would be that guy, but he might not be there #27. The 27th spot would be the perfect spot for the Saints to grab Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller. Fuller is very physical at the line and isn’t afraid to attack vs. the run. The Saints would be able to let him transition into the starting role while he learns from Champ. Getting a CB in the 1st would free the Saints up to address their need at WR or the interior line in the 2nd and 3rd.


Marques Colston is the clear #1 WR in NO, but after him the Saints are in need of some new offensive firepower. I like Kenny Stills, and feel that he is in for a big 2014 season. That being said, the Saints could use the pick one of the WR’s from this deep 2014 class. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks would be great at replacing the production from Darren Sproles and Lance Moore if the Saints are looking for a smaller slot type WR. If they are looking to they are looking to bring in a strong big bodied WR, Allen Robinson or Donte Moncrief would be there for the taking at #27. Though I know the Saints have done plenty without the help of 1st round talent on offense, the thought of grabbing a WR in this spot intrigues me.


The Saints defense was a turnaround story of 2013, but one thing they lack is talent from the rush end position. The 1st round of this draft will have plenty of options for the Saints to address this defensive hole. This looks like the most likely option for the Saints in the 1st. Dee Ford, Ryan Shazier, Demarcus Lawrence or Kony Ealy should be around at #27, and the Saints’ D could use any of their talents on the edge. Ealy would be my preferred pick in this slot. His size and versatility to play 4-3 DE or 3-4 LB would be interesting to see Rob Ryan work with. He has great Watt-like hands when he can’t get to the QB.


martinThe Saints letting De La Puente walk to the Bears leaves a hole at the O-Line’s anchor position. Centers seem to be an easily replaceable position for Sean Payton, but grabbing someone like Marcus Martin would be a nice pick. I know what you are saying. TAKE A CENTER IN THE 1ST ROUND! WE AREN’T THE COWBOYS! We take Martin in the 1st and he becomes our starting center immediately. He provides a smart solid presence in the middle, and makes the Saints line among the leagues best. The next year when we lose Evans and/or Grubbs to free agency, Martin slides over to OG and Tim Lelito takes over as the 2015 center.


The Saints have a long history of great linebackers, and Mosely could carry on that tradition. Mosely is the toughest most athletic ILB in this draft and he would step in and be the leader of the Saints defense. He is a smart and instinctual player that will make any unit better. If he’s there at #27, the Saints need to make the pick.

TSD 2014 NBA Playoff Predictions: 1st Round

Eastern Conference

#1 Indiana Pacers vs. #8 Atlanta Hawks

The Pacers turn it back on and show the Hawks why they are the best defensive team in the NBA.  Hibbert will allow the rest of the Pacers D to stay out of the paint and shut down the Hawks’ 3-point game.  Pacers in 5.

heat#2 Miami Heat vs. #7 Charlotte Bobcats

Welcome back to the playoffs, Charlotte.  Better luck next year.  Heat in 5.

#3 Toronto Raptors vs. #6 Brooklyn Nets

The Raptors are the better team, but the Nets are loaded with playoff experience.  I’ve been surprised at how consistent the Raptors have played all season, and they matchup very well against the Nets.  I’m giving the elder Nets the edge in a close series.  Nets in 7.

#4 Chicago Bulls vs. #5 Washington Wizards

I don’t think the young Wizards have the maturity to navigate the Bulls’ pressure defense enough to get out of this series alive.  Bulls in 6.

Western Conference

#1 San Antonio Spurs vs. #8 Dallas Mavericks

The Spurs took the season series 4-0 vs. the Mavs and should be sitting pretty for an easy trip to the 2nd round.  The Mavs just don’t have the defense to match the Spurs.  Sit back and enjoy the last Dirk vs. Duncan matchup ever.  Spurs in 4.

grizz#2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. #7 Memphis Grizzlies

The Thunder are looking to avenge getting knocked out of the playoffs at the hands of the Grizz last year.  Westbrook wasn’t there for that and having him back will help.  I have a feeling that OKC will have trouble getting stops, and the Grizz will have a chance to pull the upset.  Grizzlies in 6.

#3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. #6 Golden State Warriors

I think the Clippers will be able to slow down Curry and the Warriors’ shooters enough to prove to us that they are legitimate title contenders.  Look for DeAndre Jordan to have a monster series.  Clippers in 5.

#4 Houston Rockets vs. #5 Portland Trailblazers

This series will have tons of points and will be fun to watch.  It’s time for the Rockets to step up and show how dangerous they are.  Howard needs to be dominant in the playoffs.  Rockets in 6.