for draft picking that is. Until the wins came there was a lotta possible high pick draft speculation. If held today we're at the #17 spot. Plenty of early mockers are putting the Saints into the mid-20's now. Oh how things change. Skip class and get up to date in your draft outlook-
So to update Montgomery, Mingo, & Werner are all now off the watchlist. Ditto OTJoeckel.
Coming to the end of the regular college season who might be on the watch list now (#20 or lower)?
Here's a few to keep an eye on-
OT we really dunno what the plan is. Bushrod is UFA and now we don't get any more read on Charles Brown except that he is injury prone. A step in and replace draftee is not out of the question-
OT Taylor Lewan Michigan- prolly gone but #2 OT on my list
OT Jake Matthews
TxAM- the lower the pick the more this might fit. Yes, another
Matthews to the NFL. This is the son of HOFer Bruce. Like LSU with two elite DEs the Aggies have that at tackle
Lower picking could get in the range of taking the top 4-3OLB. I've liked Sean Porter TxAM but his stock isn't this high. Day one starter might be- CJ Mosley
Alabama- you've prolly seen him. Looks like an NFL playmaker
Dropping out of the sweepstakes for the top 4-3 DE pass rushers we get to the question if some of the 3-4 OLB types might fit. Won't address those. The only one that might fit into a 4-3 and mid/late 1st Rd range is Dion Jordan
The Saints are a strong BPA team. Jabari is 30 and PRob has had some struggles out of man coverage. Doubt they would get top CB Milliner here but two they may not be able to refuse- Johnthan Banks
MissSt & Xavier Rhodes
FlaSt- both 6-1 & NFL starter looking.
Purely on the speculation that Harper's $15mil cap hit the next two years is too heavy in proportion to his performance- Eric Reid
LSU- with the above assumption he looks the part to be perhaps the first safety taken. If ya haven't noticed safeties in Spags scheme are much more left/right similar roles than free/strong different.
Liking the way Hicks is looking but dunno if they are sold on Bunkley. His cap hit steps up big in '13. It would cost $4mil lost cap to save almost $17mil over the next 4 years. Some DTs could fit in the second half of Round 1-
Some will go before but Jonathan Jenkins
Georgia might be a can't pass on. Yeah, maybe he can exorcise the ghost of another UGA Jonathan and Fatass Ellis busts.
This post was edited on 11/21 at 9:36 am