New Orleans Saints
2010 NFL Draft Analysis
Round (17-32) |
2nd Round |
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| Top Free Agents
Patrick Robinson, CB Florida State 5-11, 190
Overall Pick No. 32 CFN Overall Ranking: 30
The Saints like to blitz and they need as many good defensive backs as possible. After taking Malcolm Jenkins last year, the Saints boosted their secondary even more with a great all-around corner with good value considering the price paid for other top defensive backs like Joe Haden, Devin McCourty, and Kyle Wilson.
Very fast with good size and tremendous athleticism, he has the raw tools and the explosiveness to be a top-shelf shut-down corner. He’s a game-changing ball-hawk who knows how to hang around with receivers and not let them go, and he’s not afraid to make a stick and get in on a tough run stop. The problem is the same that many top college corners have; no one wanted to throw his way. Durability is a question mark and he can be beaten when he’s not focused. He can hit, but he only tackles when he wants to. On athleticism alone he should grow into a very nice, very safe pro, and if he wants it, he could be a perennial Pro Bowler.
CFN Projection: Second Round
Charles Brown, OT USC 6-5, 303
Overall Pick No. 64 CFN Overall Ranking: 54
A nice value pick for the Saints, he’s not necessarily a need-filler, but he doesn’t have to shine right away and can spend a year or two developing. It’s not a bad thing to pick up athletic pass protectors to keep Drew Brees upright.
He had a rough Combine, didn’t move all that well, and he only came up with 21 reps on the bench. But he measured well, is big with a nice frame, and he looks better on film than he does in workouts. He uses his size extremely well and does a great job of getting on the move and making blocks down the field. While he’s great at dominating smallish defenders, he’s not a mauler of a run blocker and needs to get stronger. There’s good upside, but he’ll only be right for certain teams and certain styles. Forget about him on a power team.
CFN Projection: Second Round
Jimmy Graham, TE Miami 6-6, 260
Overall Pick 95 CFN Overall Ranking: 110
Now THIS is what you do if you’re a Super Bowl champion. Graham is a luxury, but he’s a dangerous luxury who could become deadly in single coverage especially around the goal line. All he has to do for the Saints is be a big receiver, and he could quickly be a great safety valve for the John Madden coverboy.
Potential, potential, potential. While he’s a raw prospect who needs time and a whole bunch of coaching, the upside is there to potentially be the best tight end in the draft. He’s huge, 4.53 fast, and he can jump out of the stadium. The former basketball player is trying to make the adjustment and has come along extremely fast. He needs a ton of work on his route-running ability, isn’t much of a blocker, and he needs a boatload of technique work, but he’ll bust his tail to try to get better. He’ll require patience, but there should be a tremendous payoff in a few years.
CFN Projection: Third Round
Fourth Round (from Arizona from Baltimore)
236. Al Woods, DT LSU 6-4, 309
PHENOMENAL tools, looks the part, and has everything there to be a prototype NFL defensive tackle except for one major problem. He sucks … at least he did in college. He’s not a football player, he’s a dog in games, and he’ll be a heartbreaker because of what seems like his limitless upside. However, players of his size and his athleticism don’t come around often, and if you’re the Super Bowl champion, you can afford to shoot for the stars.
If you didn’t see film on him and only went by looks and measurables, he’d be the prototype. It’s all there with phenomenal athleticism for a player of his size, rocking the Combine with a tackle-best 37” vertical, and there isn’t a lot of wear on the tires. However, there’s a reason. He didn’t play nearly as well as his skills and, to put it in the most basic terms, he isn’t a good football player. He’ll be overdrafted because of his million-dollar tools and he’ll drive a coaching staff crazy when he’s not better than he looks.
CFN Projection: Third Round
Fifth Round (from Jacksonville from Dallas)
Matt Tennant, C Boston College 6-5, 300
Overall Pick 158 CFN Overall Ranking: 155
The right pick at the right time, the Saints didn’t really need to upgrade the offensive interior, but it got a good, sound center with nice size with the potential to be moved to guard if needed. He’s a great value considering how high J.D. Walton went; Tennant isn’t that far behind.
A good leader who doesn’t make mistakes and has great technique, he’s just good enough to step in and be a good backup from the start. He had a great offseason showing off excellent agility and the upside to be someone’s center for a long time. He needs to get stronger, but he’ll always give an honest effort and he’ll never get out of the lineup once he’s in. He could turn out to be a great value pick.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round
Sean Canfield, QB Oregon State 6-4, 223
Overall Pick 239 CFN Overall Ranking: 192
One of the few true pro-style passers in the draft, he doesn’t need to learn about being under center and he doesn’t need a ton of work on his mechanics. However, it’s not a bad thing that he’ll get time to learn the ropes behind Drew Brees. He has the size and he has the teaching playing under Mike Riley, but he’s limited. Everything has to be perfect for him to succeed, and he’s not going to do anything to make a team better just because he’s the quarterback. He lacks the big-time NFL arm needed to make all the throws, and considering he doesn’t have much in the way of mobility, the only way he’ll succeed is in a quick-hitting offense with a great line in front of him. He’ll be someone’s backup for a long stretch, but he’s not starting material.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round