GM: @xaviermonk –> 3 DL, 2 LB, 1 OT –> 6 Picks
20. New Orleans* (11-5)(From Mia) – @xaviermonk – Corey Liuget, DT – Illinois
2.14 New Orleans(From Ten-Hou-Den) @XavierMonk – Bruce Carter, OLB
5.11 (142) New Orleans Saints (From Ten): Lawrence Wilson, OLB – UConn
5.20 (151) New Orleans Saints (From Mia via TB): Pierre Allen, DE Nebraska
7.40 – 243. New Orleans Saints(comp): Trevis Turner, OT – ACU
7.23 – 226. New Orleans Saints: Cedric Thornton, DE/DT – Southern Arkansas
New Orleans Saints have traded picks 1.24 & 3.08 for the Miami Dolphins 1.20 and 5.20
New Orleans Saints have traded 2.24 & 3.24 for Tennessee Titans 2.14 & 5.13 (I assume this means 5.11)
The Saints clearly went into the draft intending to bolster their front seven. Unfortunately, they didn’t do a tremendous job; worse, their draft moves prevented them from addressing other needs.
The Saints traded up in the first to select Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget. An explosive one gap penetrator, Liuget will fit well in New Orleans, especially if the team is comfortable moving Sedrick Ellis to nose tackle. The team did give up a third round pick as part of the deal to move up, but Liuget is worth the additional investment.
However, the team made a far less wise move in the second frame, giving up another third round pick to draft Bruce Carter. Taking Carter that high in and of itself would be a questionable move: the super-athletic but not very instinctive linebacker is coming off an ACL tear, which could have a big impact on his game. Giving up a third round pick merely compounded the error and left the team without any picks until the fifth round.
In the fifth frame, the team managed to get a nice weakside linebacker in Lawrence Wilson and an okay reserve defensive end in Pierre Allen, but that doesn’t come close to making up for the Saints’ lost opportunities earlier in the draft.
Graded by Aaron Aloysius – @AaronAloysius