So what will the Black and Gold do with that pick? Some say the Saints have to go defense while others are chiming in that the Saints Offense would become more complete with another hard runner at the running back position.
The Saints have made some big off season moves to help improve their roster but the biggest move was when the Saints hired successful Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams. One thing is for sure and that is the Saints need much more production out of this class than they have gotten out of the last two.
The Saints need their youngsters to produce like the Class of 2006 did for the Black and Gold. In 2006, four of the Saints seven draft choices went on to become starters. In the last two drafts only three players have started for the Saints on a consistent basis.
2007 top selection in WR Robert Meachem has played like anything but a top choice since he has been in the “Big Easy” and he has barely played at all. The Class of 2008 is going to be ok as top pick Sedrick Ellis is legit along with CB Tracey Porter and the Saints found themselves another diamond in the ruff with 5th rounder Carl Nicks.
Carl is now a starter for the Saints O-Line and he has become a pleasant surprise for the club thus far. So are the Saints going to have a good class this draft? The chances of that are not going to be as high because the Saints only have four picks in the 2009 draft.
The Saints used a lot of their 2009 picks to land LB Jonathan Vilma and TE Jeremy Shockey. One has been worth it and the other is still in question in Shockey. The Saints should go with a defensive selection in the first round or try and trade back and pick up some extra selections since they currently have no picks in the second and third rounds of the draft.
So one week from now we will see how the national media grades out the Saints Draft and ultimately where the team is in January will determine if the draft and the 2009 season itself is a success.