Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On The Clock: New Orleans Saints

Record: 8-8, 4th In the NFC South
General Manager: Mickey Loomis, Head Coach: Sean Payton (4th Year), Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael Jr. (1st Year/4th Year With the Saints), Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams (1st Year)

Offense Rankings: No. 1 Overall, No. 1 Scoring, No. 1 Passing, No. 28 Rushing
Defense Rankings: No. 23 Overall, No. 26 Scoring, No. 23 Passing, No. 17 Rushing

Last Five Years:
36-44; Last Playoff Appearance: 2006; Last Playoff Victory: 2006 (27-14 Over the Philadelphia Eagles)

2008 Draft: (1-7) DT Sedrick Ellis, (2-40) CB Tracy Porter, (5-144) DT DeMario Pressley, (5-164) OT Carl Nicks, (6-178) K Taylor Mehlhaff, (7-237) WR Adrian Arrington

Top Picks Last Five Years:

2008 – (1-7) DT Sedrick Ellis, USC
2007 – (1-27) WR Robert Meachem, Tennessee
2006 – (1-2) RB Reggie Bush, USC
2005 – (1-13) OT Jammal Brown, Oklahoma
2004 – (1-18) DE Will Smith, Ohio St.

Boom: DE Will Smith (4th Round 2004), OT Jammal Brown (1st Round 2005), OT Jahri Evans (4th Round 2006), WR Marques Colston (7th Round 2006), OG Zach Strief (7th Round 2006)

LB Courtney Watson (2nd Round 2004), S Josh Bullocks (2nd Round 2005), LB Alfred Fincher (3rd Round 2005), WR Chase Lyman (4th Round 2005), QB Adrian McPherson (5th Round 2005), DE Rob Ninkovich (5th Round 2006), WR Robert Meachem (1st Round 2007), OG Andy Alleman (3rd Round 2007), RB Antonio PIttman (4th Round 2007)

FB Heath Evans (Free Agent)
CB Jabari Greer (Free Agent)
C Nick Leckey (Free Agent)
DE Paul Spicer (Free Agent)
S Darren Sharper (Free Agent)

S Josh Bullocks (FA-Tampa Bay)
FB Michael Karney (Released)
RB Deuce McAllister (Released)
CB Mike McKenzie (Released)
WR David Patten (Released)

WR Devery Henderson
WR Courtney Roby
OT Jon Stinchcomb
MLB Jonathan Vilma

2009 Picks:

Round 1, Selection 14
Round 4, Selection 16
Round 4, Selection 18 (From New York/AFC)
Round 7, Selection 13

Team Needs – Players of Interest (Day One):
1. Outside Linebacker:
Brian Cushing, USC; Clay Matthews Jr., USC
2. Cornerback: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio St., Vontae Davis, Illinois; Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
3. Defensive End: Robert Ayers, Tennessee; Tyson Jackson, LSU; DE Aaron Maybin, Penn St.
4. Running Back:
Knowshon Moreno, Georgia; Donald Brown, UConn; Chris Well, Ohio St.
5. Quarterback (Depth): None

Photo Credit: Aggie Skirball (USC)