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Saints Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Cameron Jordan, DE, California
1st- Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
3rd- Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
3rd- Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
7th- Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh
7th- Nate Bussey, LB, Illinois

The Saints wanted to re-load on defense, especially in their front seven to assist and add speed to Greg Williams’ attack scheme. They were also in need of a running back with the likely departure of former first round pick Reggie Bush. All but one of New Orleans’ picks were on defense.

Best Selection: Cameron Jordan. When evaluating Cameron Jordan, you immediately become a fan. He plays bigger than his already good size and gives maximum effort on every snap. He shows star qualities and should thrive on the Saints defense. I was very surprised he was available at pick 24.

Biggest Risk: Martez Wilson. Some had Wilson graded as a 1st round pick, I on the other hand felt he would be over drafted if selected in the first three rounds. On film, Wilson is very slow to locate the football mentally and react to movement. He has good speed and athleticism but isn’t a natural football player. He needs to be in a specific spot on the field based on the formation to be effective.

Sleeper: Greg Romeus. If Romeus was able to stay healthy this season he may have been a first or second round pick. He was very productive for Pittsburgh when healthy and has a knack for getting around the quarterback.

Grade: B+
New Orleans made moves to draft players they wanted and ended up with a good crop of talented football players. Johnny Patrick has good ball skills and Mark Ingram has the tools to be a primary tailback for the Saints.

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