Saints go rogue in the first three rounds

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by Bradley Handwerger / Eyewitness Sports

wwltv.com

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 11:05 PM

OPINION

METAIRIE, La. ― Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis have picked up years worth of being given the benefit of the doubt with four years worth of draft picks.

So, we can say this is probably too early to call in regard to the first three rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft.

But what I will say is this – I don’t get it.

I don’t get what the Saints are doing right now.

I’m sure I don’t have the long-term vision that Payton and Loomis do.

Yet, taking a cornerback who from off the radar, an offensive tackle that wasn’t necessarily and a tight end with only one year of football experience don’t really seem like great ideas.

Not when you need help in the front seven on defense.

Not when in the final eight games of the regular season you were gashed up the middle in the run game.

And not when you just lost your starting outside linebacker in free agency and have to replace him with players who couldn’t beat him out a season ago.

Call me flummoxed. And, according to many of the people who follow @wwltvsports on Twitter, y’all are, too.

Again, Payton and Loomis have proven that they know what they’re doing.

Look at Marques Colston, mined in the final round of the 2006 draft.

Glance at Robert Meachem, whom everybody termed a bust early in his career but who turned into a legitimate player this past season.

Check out the move for Thomas Morstead last season, when the Saints traded up into the draft to pick up the punter.

Still, as of Friday night, I don’t get this year’s selections.

Not when Daryl Washington was available in the first round or Navorro Bowman or any number of defensive players who could have helped the Saints.

We’ll see this fall how wrong or right we all were.
 

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