- The Saints are meeting with a number of draft prospects leading up to the draft.
This happens every year, and NFL teams do this for one of two reasons.
1) Confirm or deny personality/off-field reports including but not limited to patience, promptness, maturity, football intelligence, coachability.
2) Throw off other teams.
That second one is significant - teams rarely get a chance to draft the players they meet with and more often than not end up passing on them. For the Saints at 32, the amount of subterfuge and espionage is lessen but still a real, tangible strategy that we'll see in the days leading up to the draft.
In short? Dozens of draft prospects will visit the Saints, and most will come and go into Metairie silently. We're not going to make a big deal about them because in the end, they are interesting but not indicative of the Saints' plans. There are lots of 2010 draftee visits that make sense, like Mizzou LB Sean Weatherspoon (who tweeted that the Saints want him as a weakside linebacker), Penn State DL Jared Odrick and UCLA DT Brian Price.
According to various reports, the Saints will also visit or have visited with: Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton, TCU LB Daryl Washington, Notre Dame C Eric Olsen, Troy QB Levi Brown, Penn State TE Mickey Shuler Jr., and Kent State TE Jameson Konz.
- Saints QB Drew Brees, free agent TE Billy Miller and Chargers LB Donnie Edwards are visiting the troops in the Middle East as part of a USO tour.
- Free agent QB Mark Brunell, the Saints' #2 quarterback last season, is visiting with the New York Jets. The Saints have no clear backup behind Drew Brees right now.
- Former Saints QB Marc Bulger, the best draft pick of the Haslett era according to Pro Football Reference, has been cut by the Rams after 8 seasons. He would be an interesting acquisition for the Saints as a backup quarterback, but would not be interested if he thinks he can still start.
- According to his twitter messages (amazing that this has become a news source) S Roman Harper is organizing a trip to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June.
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