March 30, 2004

Saints will pick 18th overall in '04 Draft

In the first round the Saints will select 18th in the 2004 NFL Draft.

The New Orleans Saints were awarded a 7th round compensatory pick by the NFL on March 30.

The pick is the 240th overall and was awarded based on a point system the NFL has created to judge the number of free agents loss versus the number of free agents gained.

The Saints and Bengals were the only two teams to finish the season with an 8-8 record, but the Bengals will pick ahead of the Saints in round one. Cincinnati's .457 strength of schedule was lower than the Saints' .500 strength of schedule for the tie breaker.

The Bengals and Saints will flip-flop each successive round. So the Saints will have the 17th pick in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th rounds and the 18th pick in the 1st, 3rd, and 7th rounds.

New Orleans will have seven picks in the 2004 Draft. One first round selection, two second round selections (one from St. Louis for Kyle Turley), one third, fifth, sixth and seventh round selections. The Saints gave up their 4th round pick for Tebucky Jones.

The Saints also gave up their original 7th round pick for LB Derrick Rodgers, but got Washington's 7th round pick for DT Martin Chase. The pick could have escalated to a 6th round pick, but Chase did not play in 40% of the Redskins' snaps this season. He started two games and played in 13 collecting 12 tackles. He collected only one tackle in the month of December and two tackles in November.

The top 5 picks belong to San Diego, Oakland, Arizona, New York Giants, and Washington.

NFC South opponents:

Atlanta: Will flip a coin with the Cleveland Browns to determine who will have the 7th pick and who will have the 8th pick overall. Both finished 5-11 and had a .539 strength of schedule.
Tampa Bay finished 7-9 and will pick 15th.
Panthers, who finished 11-5, will be determined after the playoffs.

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