152nd Overall Selection - Fifth round
QB Adrian McPherson, Florida State
McPherson is super-talented but an early criminal fiasco involved fraudulent check cashing and gambling got him booted from the Florida State football team. Won the starting job for the Seminoles as a sophomore after being Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball in high school. McPherson has apparently reformed after confessing, pleading no contest and doing community service. Got a second chance with Steve DeBerg in the Arena Football league and refined his passing style.
The Saints personally scouted McPherson, especially quarterbacks coach Turk Schonert. Has an accurate arm and a real velocity to go with superb running and improvisation skills. Overall, a tremendous athlete and while at Florida State many had high hopes for him. Runs the forty-yard dash in the 4.40 area and bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times. May have benefited more from the quick-release passing attack in the Arena League than he would have in a collegiate scheme. Has an unusual three-quarters release angle. Dropped to the fifth round because of his character concerns, and the NFL is going to be watching him closely regarding the allegations of gambling. Obviously has the talent to start in the NFL but a little big-time collegiate experience and time in the Arena League is still going to leave him raw for NFL standards.
Saints Impact: Saints are apparently convinced that McPherson isn't going to be an off-field disaster and distraction in the NFL. Should at least be the Saints' 3rd QB and depending on his progression and could pass up Bouman sometime this season because his skills are more like Aaron Brooks. The task of mentoring a young quarterback with similar talents may also make Brooks a better quarterback.