April 27, 2008

Adrian Arrington, wide receiver, University of Michigan

Seventh Round - 30th Pick, #237 Overall
Adrian Arrington, wide receiver, University of Michigan
6'3, 203 pounds, 4.51 40 yard dash

Tall and narrow frame with long arms and long legs. Long stride with mediocre acceleration. Good leaper with a willingness to take the hit. Arrington mixes acrobatic circus catches with drops. His run blocking is hit and miss. No deep speed to speak of and his effort on offense will be strictly as a possession guy who works against the zone.

Arrington left Michigan early, along with many players, when Rich Rodriguez was named coach. He faced domestic violence charges that were eventually dismissed when the victim wouldn't show for court, and last year was suspended in the spring for undisclosed reasons. Started 13 games as a redshirt junior in 2007, four as a redshirt sophomore. Fractured ankle and missed the entire 2005 season. Had nine catches for 153 against Florida in his final collegiate game, and 16 TD's in the past two years catching passes from Chad Henne.

Saints obviously were having trouble bidding for him on the rookie free agent market, so they traded back into the bottom of the seventh round with the Packers to get him. The Saints had traded their original seventh round pick to move up two spots to get DT DeMario Pressley.

Alternatives: Is trading into the late seventh round really worth it to take an athletically limited, early entrant with off-field problems? Obviously someone in the Saints staff has interviewed Arrington, has spoken to the old staff and feels that Arrington has a chance to be something. Two other receivers taken after this point were Louisville WR Mario Urrutia and Arkansas WR Marcus Monk.

Impact for Saints: This isn't a regular seventh round pick, its one where the Saints clearly targeted him. Sean Payton, who was live on video conferencing with ESPN when the trade was announced, happily announced the pick himself, pre-empting the official draft card. But where Arrington fits on the depth chart is unknown. While the Saints will have competition for wide receiver spots two through five, without a quantum leap in attitude and game refinement, Arrington simply doesn't appear to be capable of getting open at the NFL level. Hopefully, he is willing to play special teams.

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