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Valuing the 2009 Saints Draft Picks

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So many so-called experts only grade drafts by the rookies team use their picks to acquire, but the picks are used not just to draft rookies. Picks are like NFL currency and to truly grade them you have to include everyone they were used to acquire not just rookies but veterans as well. So instead of grading the picks here is a value to the picks. I will again look at the values of these picks four more times during the year they will be at the end of camp, the beginning of the season and the end of the season.

1st Round

Malcolm Jenkins CB, Ohio State, This was probably as easy a pick to predict as Reggie Bush was in 2006. Jenkins comes into an improving secondary and will contribute right away. He is the big physical corner that Saints need. Jenkins is most like Mike McKenzie in the fact that he is the same height and plays a physical style of coverage. The difference in the two is Jenkins is bigger (around 8 pounds) faster (try a tenth of a second faster comparing combine times) and a lot younger.

Value: A The Saints got the best DB in the draft at #14

2nd and 5th Round

Jeremy Shockey

Shockey was brought in to give Brees a weapon at the TE position, but had a disappointing season. Shockey was limited due to injuries and ended up with a career low in receptions, yards along with no touchdown catches. Now throw into consideration the incident in Las Vegas and his value is taking a hit.

Value: C+ Shockey needs to rebound and have a monstrous year to play up to the two picks the Saints gave up to get him.

3rd Round

Jonathan Vilma, MLB, Vilma came in and not only lead the team in tackles but played every defensive play of 2008 (so much for durability concerns). Vilma is the leader of this defense and will be the main cog in it in 2009.

Value: A+ Vilma is the best MLB the Saints have had since Sam Mills.

4th Round

Chip Vaughn, S, Vaughn has a great combination of size and speed and could turn out to be a huge steal.

Value: A- Vaughn was a great value in the 4th round and could turn out to be a steal.

Stanley Arneaux, LB, Arneaux the 2nd fastest LB in the combine went down in the rookie mini camp with an achilles tear thus ending his season. An underrated prospect he will spend the year on IR and will be back to the team in 2010.

Value: B- This grade is given on potential compared to value of the pick.

2010 5th and 2009 7th Round

Thomas Morestead, P/K, when the Saints announced this pick I think there was a consensus “what the hell?” that rippled across the Saints fan base. When I saw the pick I was shocked there were higher rated players still left and the Saints had other needs to fill. The more I see and hear of this kid the better I feel about the pick. He has the ability to place punts where he wants them and has an incredible hang time, all which could translate, into poor field position for the opposing team making it easier on the Saints defense, which would translate into better field position for Brees and co.

Value: B- Had the Saints not traded two picks to get him this would be a little higher.

6th Round
Adrian Arrington, WR Arrington was technically drafted last year but the Saints traded this years 6th round pick to get him so that’s why he is listed here. During training camp last year Arrington impressed a lot of people last year before he was lost to the year on IR.

Value: A With what he showed last year and only giving up a 6th round pick for him

Overall: Value: B+

Shockey is the key to the overall value of this draft, his value is the most uncertain and could take a major drop or a huge jump. Overall this group has the potential to drastically improve their value this season with the exception of Arneaux.

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2 Responses to “Valuing the 2009 Saints Draft Picks”

  1. Johanne says:

    Pretty good picks if you ask me.

  2. Frank says:

    What about the value of DeMario Pressley since he was lost to injury in 2008?

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