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Clayton of ESPN Says Saints an Early Winner in NFL Draft

Already there’s speculation about who are winners and losers after just a round of the 2011 NFL Draft. John Clayton of ESPN says that the Saints are an early winner.

Face it, the NFC South is turning into an arms race. The Panthers added quarterback Cam Newton. The Falcons got Julio Jones for Matt Ryan. The Bucs’ Josh Freeman is considered one of the league’s next elite quarterbacks. But the Saints stayed ahead of the curve by drafting a pass-rushing defensive end, Cameron Jordan, and a running back, Mark Ingram. Sure, it cost a first-round pick next year to add Ingram, but this division is becoming more competitive each year. No team in the division is as deep as the Saints for running backs. They have Reggie Bush, Ingram, Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas. Getting Ingram almost reminds you of the time the Saints took Deuce McAllister when Ricky Williams was on the roster. The Jordan pick was just lucky. The Saints were drafting 24th and got an impact sacker, which was their biggest need.

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