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Marcus Murphy to the New Orleans Saints: Full Draft-Pick Breakdown Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 01:40 PM

Full Story – Bleacher Report.Com

The New Orleans Saints nabbed former Missouri Tiger Marcus Murphy with the No. 230 overall pick, and by bringing him in, the Saints acquired a talented skill player who can fill multiple roles.

At 5’8” and 193 pounds, Murphy provides New Orleans with a shifty, elusive offensive weapon who could offer a substantial contribution to the Saints’ return game.

He comes to New Orleans having earned numerous accolades at the collegiate level. Just last season, he was named first-team All-SEC as an all-purpose back. In 2013, he was named second-team All-SEC (all-purpose), and in 2012, he was first-team All-SEC as a return specialist.

By Zane Brown / Bleacher Report

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Saints' cornerback overhaul apparent by trading up for Georgia's Damian Swann: Larry Holder's Rapid Reaction Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 07:30 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

Five new cornerbacks signal a potential massive overhaul for the New Orleans Saints.

The acquisitions of veterans Brandon Browner and Kyle Wilson, journeyman Delvin Breaux and draft picks P.J. Williams and Damian Swann send a clear message that last year wasn't good enough in the secondary. If the Saints stood pat, then there would have been bigger issues within the organization.

New Orleans traded up for a third pick in the fifth round to draft Swann meaning the Saints possess some conviction Swann can contribute.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Marcus Murphy joins New Orleans Saints accustomed to Darren Sproles comparisons Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 07:25 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

Marcus Murphy first began to hear comparisons between him and former New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles about a year ago when he talked with NFL scouts. Those comparisons will only continue after the Saints picked the Missouri product Saturday in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Murphy was a 5-foot-8, 193-pound scatback and return specialist at Missouri. He scored seven return touchdowns while in college, including three during his senior season in 2014. He also rushed for 924 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, when he averaged 5.3 yards per carry. He also caught 28 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Chattanooga's Davis Tull could be more than Saints special teamer: Larry Holder's Rapid Reaction Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 02:00 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

The small-school quota for a New Orleans Saints draft class has just been filled.

New Orleans nabbed Chattanooga edge defender Davis Tull with the team's first fifth-round pick at No. 148 to give the Saints another option as a pass rusher rather than simply one more body for special teams.

NFL.com's description of Tull should give Saints fans plenty of reasons to applaud this pick on Day 3: "Tull uses smarts, skill and toughness to dominate his level of competition. Tull has the athleticism to play outside linebacker in an odd front and his relentless nature and ability to outplay expectations could make him an NFL surprise."

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Saints select DT Tyeler Davison of Fresno State with second fifth-round pick Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:57 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

The New Orleans Saints selected defensive tackle Tyeler Davison of Fresno State with their second pick in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Davison is the fifth defensive player selected by the Saints. Davison is 6-foot-2 and 316 pounds.

The Saints have two picks left in the draft, one in the sixth and the other in the seventh.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
New Orleans Saints draft Tennessee-Chattanooga DE Davis Tull with first of two fifth-round picks Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:55 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

The New Orleans Saints selected Tennessee-Chattanooga defensive end Davis Tull with the first of their two fifth-round picks on Day 3 of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday.

Tull, a four-year starter and an All-American in 2014, had 19.5 sacks in his final two seasons.

He joins Washington outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha, a second round pick who had 19 sacks last season, as an effort by the Saints to beef up their defense and pass rusher.

According to NFL.com's scouting report:

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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What Garrett Grayson said about being picked by New Orleans Saints in third round Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:26 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

The New Orleans Saints picked former Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Here is what he said.

How do you feel about coming to New Orleans and learning under Drew Brees?

"I said all along through this whole process that New Orleans was one of my dream teams to go to for that exact reason. I want to go to a situation, as a competitor you want to come in and compete right away but I wanted to go to a place where I was going to have a spot behind, or have a good spot behind, a NFL Hall of Famer potentially. So this is honestly just a dream come true for me. I am beyond excited to be a part of the Saints organization."

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints select Florida State DB P.J. Williams with second third-round pick Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-01-2015 10:44 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

The New Orleans Saints picked Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the No. 78 overall selection.

Williams had a DUI charge dropped Monday leading into the draft. The Tallahassee Democrat reported Williams was arrested April 3, but charges were dropped after prosecutors cited a lack of compelling video evidence to move forward with the case.

Williams will presumably provide depth behind starting cornerbacks Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner, and contend for the nickel position.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints select quarterback Garrett Grayson in third round Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-01-2015 10:43 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

The New Orleans Saints have selected Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft.

He is the first quarterback selected by the Saints in the first three rounds since Archie Manning in 1971 and the second quarterback drafted in the Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton era.

Grayson could be groomed as a potential successor to Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is 36 and has two years remaining on his contract.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints draft Washington outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha in second round Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-01-2015 09:58 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

The New Orleans Saints have selected Washington outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha with the 44th overall pick of the 2015 draft.

Kikaha was a first-team All-American in 2014 and had 19 sacks, including one in 13 of 14 games, which led the nation.

The 6-foot-2, 253-pound Kikaha projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL, which has been long projected as one of the Saints needs. He had two ACL injuries while with the Huskies. The Saints were considered likely to take a pass rusher on Day 1 or Day 2, and chose Kikaha over Virginia's Eli Harold and Nebraska's Randy Gregory, who were both still on the board at the 44th overall pick.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Andrus Peat tuned out mock drafts, knew Saints might take him in NFL Draft Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-01-2015 09:35 AM

Full Story – Nola.Com

CHICAGO -- Andrus Peat has never played anything but offensive tackle, a position seemingly low on the list of needs for the New Orleans Saints.

But the Stanford lineman was the Saints' top pick, 13th overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, an indication of the organization's commitment to protecting quarterback Drew Brees and its powerful offense.

Peat, 21, spent three years at Stanford, finishing his career with All-America honors as an Outland Trophy runner-up.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Saints coach Sean Payton says Andrus Peat will play tackle, competition will 'work itself out' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-01-2015 07:30 AM

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The New Orleans Saints may have shocked quite a few when they took Stanford tackle Andrus Peat at No. 13 overall, forgoing a pass rusher or wide receiver at the same spot.

Espescially because even Saints coach Sean Payton admitted that offensive tackle was not a top need.

"Offensive tackle, we viewed as a position that wasn't a high priority in the draft but was certainly a need position," he said. "Maybe not a must, but a need."

There's also the issue of both tackle spots being currently locked down with Zach Strief on the right and Terron Armstead on the left.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Unable to trade up in draft, Saints make safe play with Andrus Peat, Stephone Anthony Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-01-2015 07:08 AM

Full Story – Nola.Com

I know what you're thinking after the New Orleans Saints' first two selections of the 2015 NFL Draft: Boring!

An offensive tackle and a middle linebacker.

Raise your foam finger if you had the Saints addressing those two positions in your mock draft.

But sometimes boring is good. Sometimes boring means the "best player available."

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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Stephone Anthony says joining Saints is 'dream come true' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-01-2015 07:06 AM

Full Story – Nola.Com

CHICAGO -- Inside linebacker Stephone Anthony had an invitation to the NFL Draft, but opted to stay in his own town rather than traveling to "Draft Town."

The New Orleans Saints selected him with the 31st overall pick on Thursday, offering a happy interruption to Anthony's quiet night at home with his daughter.

"I was in daddy mode," he said.

The Saints met with Anthony at the NFL Combine and again at Clemson's pro day.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
New Orleans Saints select Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat at No. 13 in NFL Draft Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-30-2015 08:41 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

CHICAGO -- The New Orleans Saints picked Stanford offensive lineman Andrus Peat with their 13th overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday, forgoing a trade and opting against a defensive player.

The Saints have eight picks remaining in the draft, including the No. 31 overall pick later Thursday night.

Edge rushers Dante Fowler Jr. (No. 3 to the Jacksonville Jaguars) and Vic Beasley (No 8 to the Atlanta Falcons) were picked early, but Kentucky's Bud Dupree remained.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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John DeShazier: Mickey Loomis, Saints staff working hard on eve of the draft Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-29-2015 04:26 PM

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com

As tempting as it may be to cement a decision for the New Orleans Saints in terms of a player or position with any of their nine draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, which is set to begin Thursday, it may not be the wisest course of action.

As fun as it is to play armchair general manager for the Saints in the draft – Round 1 will be held on Thursday, Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, in Chicago – the franchise’s actual general manager said that while one among the best players on the team’s board usually fits a need, sometimes an outlier can fall into the lap.

“I’ve said this in the past: What you’re hoping for is that when it’s time for you to pick you’re going to have two or three options, players with like grades,” Mickey Loomis said Wednesday in his predraft news conference. “Then, you can say let’s take the position that we have the most need for with these players that we view as equal talents. That’s generally been the case

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Original Stories
The Crossroads Draft Class -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 04-25-2015

The Crossroads Draft Class

By Mike Detillier

The 2015 NFL draft is less than one week away. There has been great speculation on who and what positions the New Orleans Saints will go after this coming week, but one thing I do know that if the Saints don’t get better on defense they will be staring at another 7-9 or 8-8 season in 2015.

Last season, with Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills, Marques Colston, Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks, Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram in the lineup, the Saints were a 7-9 football team.

The Saints totaled the most yards and most yards per game in the NFL in 2014.

For all the offensive firepower the Saints lost in the most important statistic in football. They again were in the minus column in the giveaway/takeaway ratio. The Saints were a minus 13 in this most important category and in the Sean Payton-era, for all their success on the field, they have only been in the plus column in this category twice.

The Saints were a plus 11 in the giveaway/takeaway ration in 2009, the same year they won the Super Bowl and in 2012 they were a plus 2. That year Payton did not coach the team.

In the Sean Payton timeframe in New Orleans, and I will include the 2012 season, the Saints have been a combined minus 24 in the giveaway/takeaway ratio. From 2006-2014 the New England Patriots have been in the plus category in the giveaway/takeaway part of the game every year and they are a whopping plus 124 in that timeframe. That number has to change by getting better in the trenches against the run, rushing the quarterback better and coming up with turnovers.

The Saints have gotten better at the cornerback position this off-season in signing veteran cornerback Brandon Browner and landing the top cornerback in the Canadian Football League in Delvin Breaux. That spot still needs some depth, but the Saints are far better today at cornerback than when they ended the 2014 season.

When healthy inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is a solid starting performer and the Saints also picked up two possible contributors in former Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer and a nickel/dime cornerback in Kyle Wilson. But even with those additions the bottom line is that Saints need to use three of their top four draft choices on...
The Saints Best Draft Choices -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 04-18-2015

The Saints Best Draft Choices

By Mike Detillier

With the 2015 NFL draft less than two weeks away I give you my opinion of the best draft choices in the history of the New Orleans Saints based on production and where they were selected. Let's hope the Saints can do a repeat of 1981 or 2006 and hit big come draft day.

1. Willie Roaf - The Saints acquired the 8th overall pick in Round 1 in the 1993 draft after they dealt outside linebacker Pat Swilling to the Detroit Lions. They used that pick on Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf.

Roaf was not just good in a Saints uniform, but he was dominant. The 11-time Pro Bowler was regarded around the NFL as the best left offensive tackle in the league for almost a dozen seasons and he was named to the NFL All-Decade team in the 1990's and 2000's. He stands alongside quarterback Drew Brees as one of the two best players to ever wear the Black and Gold. He was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 2012.

2. Rickey Jackson - "City Champ" was overshadowed in college by his Pittsburgh Panther teammate Hugh Green. In the NFL the spotlight went more to Lawrence Taylor in New York with the Giants than to the Saints outside linebacker, but there was not a more complete player at his position than Jackson in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

The leader of the "Dome Patrol" defense was a 6-time Pro Bowler. He registered 128 career quarterback sacks, had 10 or more sacks in 6 different seasons and he recovered 28 fumbles. The 2nd round pick of the Saints in 1981 was just a magnet to the football against the run and as a pass rusher, and there was not a tougher guy out on the field than Jackson. He was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 2010. He was the first "real" New Orleans Saints football talent to make it to Canton.

3. Morten Anderson - I have always said that in my 27 years covering the NFL Morten Anderson was the best placekicker I have ever seen and one of the two best kickers all time along with Jan Stenerud, who is in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Bum Phillips selected Anderson in the 4th round of the 1982 draft with the 86th overall selection. Anderson became the best kicker in the NFL in his timeframe and he made the NFL All-Decade team for the 1980's and...
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