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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft: #32 New Orleans

The time has come to draw this year’s first round mock draft to a close..

On the clock are the Super Bowl Champion Saints. The team returns most of their team and are looking to add depth through the draft. Their most important need at this point is at LB to replace Scott Fujita, who signed with the Cleveland Browns. The Saints may add a DT to compliment Sedick Ellis on the frontline or a speedy pass rusher to develop under the current group of veterans. The Saints may look to add depth at RB with the departure of Mike Bell.

And with the final pick of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select..

LB Daryl Washington, TCU

The more I study Daryl Washington, the more I could see how he could fit in with the Saints. Sure, I would have liked to picked up Sean Weatherspoon or Jared Odrick or Jerry Hughes, but this is a draft. You can’t control who picks in front of you. Washington satisfies what the Saints are looking for in an outside linebacker. He has great speed and range and is a ball hawk. He is rangy enough to go out in coverage, but he excels in stopping the run game.You rarely see Washington out of position to make plays, something Fujita struggled with at times last season. He’s smart, rangy, plays his position well, always seems to be near the football and makes plays..Hmm..all qualities in a Gregg Williams player.

DraftBoard Insider offers this scouting report of Washington..

Scouting Report-It’s tough to get noticed when you play on the same team as Jerry Hughes but Washington has no problems doing so this year for TCU. The Horned Frogs play that funky 4-2-5 base defense that doesn’t use a true outside linebacker. Washington played inside. This is important when you realize just how great his range was from that inside position. he could break out into coverage and run with tight ends and backs. He works down the line of scrimmage really well, and makes plays outside of both hash marks. What stands out to me watching Washington is the fact he’s not a big player, but he is very strong and very physical. But the strength of his game is being able to knife through blockers and get to the ballcarrier. As a tackler he shows excellent fundamentals and hits with no regard for the well being of the offensive player. Does well as a blitzer and shows great quickness and burst off the snap. He’s a little small, and that is a concern of course. I doubt he’s got the bulk or power to play on the strongside but he looks to be more than capable of playing inside in a 3-4 or as a WLB in a 4-3.

Draft Status-Washington has really made the most of his season/offseason. In a linebacker class that is a little iffy, Washington looks to be able to make himself a spot in the 2nd round. He’s had a really strong offseason and his ability to play multiple linebacker spots should move him ahead of some of the better known linebackers who may have more ideal size but don’t have the speed or aggression of Washington.

Final Analysis-Washington is a really nice player. He’s got a good bank of skills, being able to blitz and cover. He reads the play well, and gets to it in a hurry. The fact he’s a strong finisher is a definite plus and you love to have guys on your team that go 100 miles an hour from the start of the play to the finish. He does everything well, and if he could do all that at about 10 pounds heavier I’d feel better that he’ll be able to be an every down linebacker. As it is now, I worry that he’s not going to be able to get the penetration he does in college, and at his size, if an offensive lineman gets his hands on him, I don’t know if he’ll be able to disengage or even re-direct the lineman to get to the football.

Reminds me of: Derrick Johnson, LB Kansas City Chiefs-Both guys were these hyper-aggressive college linebackers who used their athleticism to get around blockers rather than through them. Both guys have a tendency to make a big play, and miss out on the simple ones. In the right scheme Johnson can be a star and I think the same hold true for Washington

Final Roll Call

32. New Orleans Saints- LB Daryl Washington, TCU
31. Indianapolis Colts- OT Charles Brown, USC
30. Minnesota Vikings- DT Dan Williams, Tennessee
29. New York Jets- DE Jared Odrick, Penn State
28. San Diego Chargers- RB Ryan Matthews, Fresno State
27. Dallas Cowboys- OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers
26. Arizona Cardinals- LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
25. Baltimore Ravens- DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
24. Philadelphia Eagles- CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama
23. Green Bay Packers- OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
22. New England Patriots- DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
21. Cincinnati Bengals- TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
20. Houston Texans- CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
19. Atlanta Falcons- DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
17. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

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