Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Is it worth It?

The New Orleans Saints traded up to grab coveted RT Jammal Brown, who appears able to anchor a line for a decade. He's powerful and physical with great size and fills a major need.

That said, the Saints still might have been better served by taking S/OLB Thomas Davis at No. 13 and getting a tackle in the second round, considering they did little to upgrade a porous defense.

S Josh Bullocks and ILB Alfred Fincher likely won't start and will be counted on more for special teams in 2005.

DT Jason Jefferson and DE Jimmy Verdon are long shots to make the roster. If the defense struggles to stop the run again this season, the team might second-guess itself for taking an offensive player in the first round.

QB Adrian McPherson has rare talent; he has excellent mobility and a good arm.

McPherson could become the franchise's future starter if he can stay away from the trouble that prematurely ended his college career.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Thinking Draft

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis went out this off season to fill in the voids that free agency left for the Saints. Loomis was able to go out and sign free safety Dwight Smith along side right tackle Jermane Mayberry.

There are still several holes and depth question the Saints have to answer for themselves come draft day, one of those positions being linebacker. The Saints have a secret weapon in RE Darren Howard. There is talk of trading him for a high draft pick to use or trade for an even higher draft pick. The Saints said they would be aggressive in getting the players they wanted during the draft. So we will see what happens.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

What about Fred?

Cornerback Fred Thomas wasn't injured physically last season, but he was injured mentally. His mother battled cancer throughout last season, and the ordeal appeared to weigh on him. After signing a lucrative four-year contract in free agency, he lost his starting job midseason and then was beaten out by Jason Craft for the nickel back job. Coaches are hopeful the fearless, competitive Thomas will regain the form that made him a solid starter the previous four seasons. If so, the Saints' secondary will be solid, if not spectacular.