The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone and the Saints
welcomed six players to their newest class.
Some should have lasting impact, others may not make it
out of training camp.
Time will tell just how good this group will become, but
for now here's how I view it.
If you've read my blog over the last few weeks, you know
how high I am on Cooks. I don't know that I've ever felt more confident about a
draft pick's ability to walk in on the first day and contribute.
Cooks was exactly what this offense needed and was well
worth the third round pick. He'll bring a new dimension to the Saints offense
with his explosiveness and versatility.
For the sake of this column I'm not going to repeat
myself and say Cooks, who I think has All-Pro potential.
Instead I'm going with Jean-Baptiste. As a cornerback
who's only played the position a few years, he's not there yet. But at 6'3, 220
pounds, the former Cornhusker has the potential to be a shutdown corner for the
Saints for years to come. I'm very curious to see how quickly he picks things
Sunseri is a better all-around player than Chris Reis and
Steve Gleason when they came out, but his relentless effort on special teams
and love for the game will remind fans very quickly of Gleason and Reis.
Sunseri can eventually be more than just a special teams
performer, he has a chance to develop into a solid contributor on defense. At
Alabama, he was a well-respected leader of the premier defense in all of
college football and had 10 interceptions throughout his career.
Pick most likely to not make the roster:
I don't know much about Rooks other than he's a somewhat
undersized right tackle that went to three different junior colleges before
finishing at Kansas St. With Zach Strief and Bryce Harris entrenched on the
depth chart at that position, I think Rooks will have a tough time making the
Cooks and Jean-Baptiste make this draft a success. Cooks
is a playmaker that will see the field right away while Jean-Baptiste has an
incredibly high ceiling. I'm also intrigued at outside linebacker Ronald Powell
who may turn out to be a steal if he can stay healthy and live up to the
athletic reputation he earned when he was the top prep player in the nation
coming out of high school.
I stopped short of an 'A' grade because there seemed to
be a higher number of clear cut developmental projects on day three.
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