FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints

With The Fourteenth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The New Orleans Saints Select...

4/17/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5230 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. Next up is Canal Street Chronicles, with the #14 pick for the New Orleans Saints.

Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Micahel Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
11. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
12. Denver Broncos - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
13. Washington Redskins - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

For a few years now the Saints have needed a good defense to go along with their high-powered offense. Their most pressing need has been in the secondary this year and the team has already addressed their issues by signing CB Jabari Greer, S Darren Sharper and S Pierson Prioleau during free agency. It also wouldn't hurt to upgrade the outside linebacker position to complement Jonathan Vilma, the leader of the Saints defense.
 
Malcolm Jenkins is the top rated cornerback/safety in a draft that isn't too deep with talent at the position. Vontae Davis has too many off-field concerns and his stock has dropped quite a bit. If the Saints want to go with an outside linebacker, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews are probably their two leading candidates.  
 
The pick: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
I keep hearing great things about Jenkins and he seems to be the fan favorite as we get closer to the big day. Since he's still on the board, I think I would be an idiot to pass on him. Hopefully this is the end to the Saints secondary woes.
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7/16/09   |   jpmonline1

Bullfrog wrote:
I said it before and I'll say it again, a good running back could be more vital than taking a much needed linebacker at this point.  No more Deuce and Reggie is injury prone so taking Wells is good insurance for Pierre Thomas.  It's going to be a tough call for the Saints because they truly need a linebacker but if you can control the clock with a running game your defense benefits.   I think LB is big need as well so Brian Cushing or Clay Matthews may be a good grab too.  I'm not again trading the pick for some more picks since the Saints won't pick again until the fourth round after their first selection.

http://www.faniq.com/poll_results.php?poll_id=582864&rnum=#new

why  do  you  say that

4/20/09   |   Pat   |   5230 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
What we really need is a safety. If we draft Jenkins and move him to safety, that could work great.  Yes we need another running back and with Shanle set to become a FA at the end of the season, we need a LB as well. But I don't think there's a HB that warrants the 14th pick and the LB's that will make instant impact will be gone before #14.  Jenkins is probably the safest pick, but it wouldnt surprise me one bit if Beanie Wells or Knowshon Moreno went to the Saints.

I have actually heard rumors from several places that most NFL teams project Jenkins to be a safety in the NFL, so that might work out just like you're hoping, if they do indeed take him.

4/20/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

What we really need is a safety. If we draft Jenkins and move him to safety, that could work great.  Yes we need another running back and with Shanle set to become a FA at the end of the season, we need a LB as well. But I don't think there's a HB that warrants the 14th pick and the LB's that will make instant impact will be gone before #14.  Jenkins is probably the safest pick, but it wouldnt surprise me one bit if Beanie Wells or Knowshon Moreno went to the Saints.

4/17/09   |   tw5960

Defense for the saints finnaly come! GO SAINTS!

4/17/09   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

Jenkins is a good pick for the Saints iin this draft.  I feel like any running back at this point is a reach.  I think they go linebacker, and more specifically one of the USC linebackers, which may also be a slight reach at this point but their offense looks so good.  With any improvement in their defense, including drafting Jenkins, they could be serious contenders.

4/17/09   |   Bullfrog

I said it before and I'll say it again, a good running back could be more vital than taking a much needed linebacker at this point.  No more Deuce and Reggie is injury prone so taking Wells is good insurance for Pierre Thomas.  It's going to be a tough call for the Saints because they truly need a linebacker but if you can control the clock with a running game your defense benefits.   I think LB is big need as well so Brian Cushing or Clay Matthews may be a good grab too.  I'm not again trading the pick for some more picks since the Saints won't pick again until the fourth round after their first selection.

http://www.faniq.com/poll_results.php?poll_id=582864&rnum=#new

4/17/09   |   brettlos22

the saints need jenkins. BIG TIME

4/17/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

I think it could be a flip between Jenkins (who they SHOULD pick) and Beanie Wells (who I think they may WANT to pick)