April 23, 2010

NOPF Saints 2010 Day Three preview

Three picks spread over four rounds await the patient Saints, who stayed put in their original draft position on both Thursday and Friday nights.  Saturday could bring a change to that passive strategy.  Saints GM Mickey Loomis admitted to making and receiving calls, and to having a "contingency plan" for the 95th pick.  The Saints have annually been active, trading up or down, in the final rounds of the draft.

Saints picks in the 2010 NFL Draft:
1. (32nd overall) - Florida State CB Patrick Robinson
2. (64th overall) - USC T Charles Brown
3. (95th overall) - Miami TE Jimmy Graham
4. (130th overall)
6. (201st overall)
7. (239th overall)

Last season, the Saints moved up 58 spots to grab SMU punter Thomas Morstead.  In 2008, the Saints moved up two spots in the fifth round to draft NC State DT DeMario Pressley, and then traded into the 7th round using a 2009 pick to get Michigan WR Adrian Arrington.  In 2007, the Saints moved up 16 spots in the fourth round to pick Ohio State RB Antonio Pittman. 

And how's this for a franchise-building move - in 2006, the Saints traded back nine spots with the Eagles and ended up with both veteran DT Hollis Thomas and G Jahri Evans. 

The last time the Saints didn't make a draft in the final four rounds was 2005, when the Saints took four swings and four big misses on Cal WR Chase Lyman, ex-Florida State and AFL QB Adrian McPherson, UCLA DT Rodney Leisle and Arizona DE Jimmy Verdon.

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