April 23, 2005

Safety Josh Bullocks, Nebraska

40th Overall Selection - Second round
Safety Josh Bullocks, Nebraska
6'0", 200

Bullocks if a fast, very intelligent player with great playmaking skills. Not a super-speedster as he's not athletic enough to play cornerback, but is very quick and can match up in various defensive situations. Ran in the 4.5 range this offseason, including a pair of disappointing runs under 4.6 at the Combine. Did show excellent balls skills at the Combine. Bullocks had 13 career interceptions at Nebraska. He has a twin brother, Daniel, is also a safety with the Cornhuskers.

Is not a big hitter, and after a spectacular sophomore season Bullocks had a less impressive junior year then left early before his season season. Saints head coach Jim Haslett admitted that Bullocks had a down year in 2004 but the rookie appears to be in a good situation to learn the pro game before being asked to play right away on defense. A Tennessee native, Bullocks ran track in high school and was a runningback who took handoffs from his brother.

Saints Impact: Bullocks is a good value pick and was desired by the Dallas Cowboys. Not a need pick, because the Saints already have their safeties set for 2005 with Dwight Smith at free and Jay Bellamy at strong. Bullocks is a natural free safety.

"Great ball skills," Jim Haslett said after the pick. "He's got the stature for a safety and obviously he can make plays because he's proven it in the past. We feel good about Dwight and Jay, whose had two good exceptional years in the past. I don't think you can have enough safeties. We'd like to carry five safeties if we could."

Other Options: Tennessee LB Kevin Burnett, Georgia LB Odell Thurman, Virginia LB Darryl Blackstock, Florida LB Channing Crowder, LSU CB Corey Webster, USC LB Lofa Tatupu.

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