2013 NFL Draft - New Orleans Saints

Posted Apr 29, 2013

New Orleans Saints - NFC South, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects


New Orleans Saints

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City |  Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay    
- 2012 New Orleans Draft Breakdown
- 2011 New Orleans Draft Breakdown
- 2010 New Orleans Draft Breakdown 

The Draft Was ... good, considering the circumstances. After all the problems and all the penalties, the Saints didn't have much to work with, but they did a nice job for the secondary grabbing Kenny Vaccaro from Texas with the 15th overall pick, and getting an anchor of a defensive tackle late in the third in Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins. Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills in the fifth was a chance on greatness, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff Terron Armstead was a nice offensive tackle in the third.
Best Value Pick: DT John Jenkins, Georgia in the 3rd round
Worst Value Pick: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas in the 1st round
They Should've ... traded down in the first. That's easier said than done considering everyone tried to slide down in the first round, but the Saints needed more picks and they should've found a way to do something, anything, to pick up a few mid-round selections and get down to the late first round where Florida's Matt Elam and FIU's Jonathan Cyprien were there for the taking. LSU's Eric Reid went three picks later after Vaccaro to San Francisco.
Division Draft Ranking: 3
Conference Draft Ranking: 15

S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
 6-0, 214
Overall Pick No. 15 CFN Position Rank: 2

CFN Analysis: The Saints gave up a bazillion yards and desperately needed defensive back help. Xavier Rhodes would've been a nice option, and there were other good safety options on the board, but Vaccaro is a player who's a desperate need player who'll be on the field right away with a chance to turn into a statistical star. He's an instant upgrade pickup.

Texas defensive backs always look and play NFL-ready, but Vaccaro stands out from the pack. He's not going to be another Earl Thomas, and he's not a blazer, but he's big with good enough versatility to be used in any style as a free or strong safety with big hitting skills and good ball hawking ability. The attitude and moxie aren't a problem, and he's confident whenever it comes time to make a big play. An elite special teamer, he has a bizarre knack for finding the ball on kick blocks. Needing to get functionally stronger, he had a bad offseason with mediocre workouts and not showing enough strength or quickness to think he can be among the elite of the elite defensive playmakers. However, once he turns it on and gets into shape, he'll be a versatile force who'll always be around the ball – but he has to want it.
CFN Projection: Second Round


OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 6-4, 308
Overall Pick No. 75 CFN Position Rank:10
With good feet to go along with his size, he's a left tackle prospect with a world of big upside. He has the talent and could've played at a BCS school, but he needed time to grow into his job and could be just scratching the surface as a pass protector. An elite athlete for his size and bulk, he has the tools and abilities to play either tackle spot and is fine for every style. However, he needs a lot of work on his technique and needs seasoning. Even at Arkansas-Pine Bluff he struggled a bit against the better speed rushers and isn't going to be ready out of the block, but there's so much upside that he could end up being a top 60 pick on pure potential.
CFN Projection: Second Round

DT John Jenkins, Georgia 6-3, 346
Overall Pick No. 82 CFN Position Rank: 7
A big-time JUCO recruit for the Bulldogs, he was fine, but he never materialized into the superstar gamechanger he was projected to be. With rare size and anchor strength, he can sit in the middle of the line and hold up against the run by taking up a ton of space, but he has to watch his weight with the potential to balloon up to 360 without trying. As long as he can stay in shape and be disciplined enough to get his stamina and conditioning up, he can be everything a 3-4 defensive line needs on the nose. Don't expect any sacks and don't look for any creativity in his moves, but he'll stuff things up and be a nice two-down big man to work everything around.
CFN Projection: Second Round  


WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma (Jr.) 6-0, 194
Overall Pick No. 144 CFN Position Rank: 21
The production and numbers are inflated as part of a high-powered passing game – name the last Oklahoma receiver to do much of anything at the next level – but he has decent size and amazing speed. With the raw wheels to fly through a defense and kill people deep, he has uncoachable deep speed and can be a one-trick pony. The problem is that he's not a midrange route runner and he's not a blocker in any way. While he's a little bit zany and he's not your typical football player, his speed will be enough to find a job.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round


DE Rufus Johnson, Tarleton State 6-5, 266
Overall Pick No. 183 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked