13th Overall Selection - First round
Offensive Tackle Jammal Brown, Oklahoma
Details of trade: Saints trade 16th overall pick and 2006 third round pick to Houston for 13th overall pick.
Massive tackle and a stalwart from Oklahoma, Brown rose up the boards ahead of Florida State tackle Alex Brown and Washington tackle Khalif Barnes. A real road-grader with potential to play either side of the line, Brown is adept at pass protection and has a body built for run blocking. A former defensive tackle, he is aggressive and plays till the whistle, and while he is a smart, active player his ability to mentally pick up schemes is questioned unproven. Brown is an excellent athlete and probably the safest pick of the three top linemen. Barron's ferocity is questionable and Barnes' work ethic is in doubt. Brown is a top-tier athlete who was a first-round pick coming into his senior season and improved as a senior. Did not allow a sack in 2004. Brown's shoulder injury suffered in the Orange Bowl apparently has checked out OK with the Saints at the Combine.
"For my health, I'm real good," Brown told WWL radio. "I started 43 games straight at Oklahoma, two straight years."
Saints Impact: "Lets go get him," said Saints director of player personnel Rick Mueller after the team consummated the trade with the Texans. The Saints and Texans agreed to the trade while Houston was on the clock, the two teams swapped first round picks and the Saints gave up their 3rd round pick in 2006 to move up.
Mueller continued on WWL: "Really athletic for a right tackle, some teams would say he's athletic enough to play on the left side. For us, he'll play on the right side. He's really consistent. Doesn't give up sacks. He's a smooth athlete, a former defensive player so he's a tough guy, a nasty guy. He plays with great technique, he was well coached. There's not a lot of things that you watch on film that you don't like about the guy." "Very rarely ever see him lose a battle," Jim Haslett said later in the day. "Has only give up like one sack in two years. He looks effortless doing it. He looks like Johnathan Ogden in his style of play. I'm not saying he's Johnathan Ogden, but he looks very good doing it."
Later, Haslett added "Two minutes after we picked Jammal my phone rang and it was Deuce. And he said, 'thank you.' We're going to be big on the right side." The Saints will look to bench Kendyl Jacox in favor of Jermane Mayberry at right guard and insert Jammal Brown, the rookie, at right tackle. The Saints have already talked to Mayberry and will move him to guard immediately.
From John Murphy of Next Level Scouting: "Big, physical blocker with the ability to step right in at the right tackle position, as a rookie... staff is determined to create a power ground attack with fullback Mike Karney leading the way for Deuce McAllister and having Brown to sure-up the right side of the line to go along with adding free agent Jermaine Mayberry via free agency, who is now likely to move back inside to guard... the Saints did not want to gamble that Carolina would pass on taking Brown to pair with Jordan Gross, and by dealing a 2006 third round choice they do not lose any of their current picks..."
Other options: Texas LB Derrick Johnson, Georgia LB/S Thomas Davis, Florida State T Alex Barron.