After 3 rounds, I think it's fair to say the Saints are passing this "draft" exercise with flying colors. LSU blogger Kris Brauner of Saturday Night Slant
turned me on to Bloguin
's NFL draft guru who runs Optimum Scouting. Optimum Scouting, among other things, ranks the top 400 prospects
in order of potential/talent. Who might recognize three of the names that appear in the top 33. That's right, Optimum Sports has Cameron Jordan ranked 9th, Mark Ingram ranked 12th, and Martez Wilson ranked 33rd overall in this year's class. Johnny Patrick, on the other hand, is ranked 148th, so that pick may be considered a bit of a stretch. Still, for the Saints to walk away from this draft with 2 players ranked in the top 12 and 3 players ranked in the top 33 is about as monumental of a pull as any fan could hope for. Simply put, the Saints made themselves significantly better after two days of drafting. Any way you cut it, I don't see how you can say that the Saints haven't outdone every other team in the NFL to this point in the draft. To me, the Saints come out of this draft with an A. You might think I'm biased, and that's fine, but this is first time I've ever said that. In fact, I gave the Saints a C- for their drafting efforts last year, so just because I'm a fan first and a biased blogger second, it doesn't mean I can't be a harsh critic.
The bottom line is the Saints have landed three top notch prospects that I fully expect to develop into starters. Whether they become full time starters this year or 2-3 years from now remains to be seen, but I'll be shocked if these three guys aren't consistent difference makers very soon.