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After Further Review: Breaking down the Saints draft


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.


Best Pick:

Brandin Cooks.

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.


Most Potential:

Stanley Jean-Baptiste

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 up.


Fan Favorite:

Vinnie Sunseri

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:

-Tavon Rooks

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 roster.


Final Grade:


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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