5. Snagging a running back before the later rounds
Nov 27, 2014; College Station, TX, USA; LSU Tigers running back Terrence Magee (18) rushes during the second quarter against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
I was catching up with an old friend of mine Friday and we were discussing the upcoming draft and what we thought the Saints would do.
In his heavy Kenner accent he shouted suddenly in a half joking, half serious voice, “Dude I swear to God if the Saints draft a running back….I mean come on bruh!”
Of course in the back of your mind, you know that head coach Sean Payton is eyeballing at least one or two.
As a matter of fact the Saints have reportedly visited with Minnesota running back David Cobb at the Senior Bowl and Chattanooga’s Keon Williams at his Pro Day.
Cobb is projected as a third or fourth round pick while Williams is expected to be an undrafted free agent.
I think that’s actually where the Saints have had success with running backs is in the UDFA area and they should stick with that especially for this draft.
Spending even a fourth round pick, which the Saints don’t have, is too high given that the position is crowded already with Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, and Khiry Robinson.
I could probably be on board if a player like LSU’s Terrence Magee or North Dakota State’s John Crockett fell to one of the fifth round picks.
Magee was compared by WWL 870 AM draft analyst Mike Detillier to former Saints running back Pierre Thomas and would be a good value pick if he’s still there in the later rounds.
If the Saints don’t pick a running back in this draft I’ll be shocked but if they pick one in the first three rounds, shock will turn to disappointment…….