Reviewing the draft:New Orleans Saints

Reviewing the draft:New Orleans Saints

Sean Payton brings hopes of a new start for the football team the Crescent City. Hopes which went even higher when the New Orleans Saints got the gift of the draft.

The surprising decision by the Houston Texans to bypass Reggie Bush 18-hours before the draft started dramatically changed the plans of New Orleans. Expect Payton to develop a package of plays especially for the dynamic Bush, who'll nicely compliment Duece McCallister. Both Roman Harper and Jahri Evans went earlier than we projected. Each has starting potential on the Saints roster yet neither stands out in any single aspect. Mike Hass was terrific value in round six and should flourish as the teams third or fourth wide out. Both Josh Lay and Zach Strief have starting potential and were good value in the late rounds.

In swapping picks with the Cleveland Browns during round two the Saints picked up center Jeff Faine. While Faine is not the same caliber of Charles Lebentley, an interior lineman lost in free agency, he was worth the downward move of nine slots in the second frame. The Saints made another move for a veteran, again moving down. This time the team received defensive tackle Hollis Thomas for sliding down nine slots in round four. Again, a solid decision.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

2

Reggie Bush

RB

USC

2

43

Roman Harper

FS

Alabama

4

108

Jahri Evans

OT

Bloomsburg

5

135

Rob Ninkovich

DE

Purdue

6

171

Mike Hass

WR

Oregon St

6

174

Josh Lay

CB

Pittsburgh

7

210

Zach Strief

G

Northwestern

7

252

Marques Colston

TE

Hofstra

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