New Orleans Saints: Day 1 of the 2006 NFL Draft
The first day of the NFL Draft is presumably over for the New Orleans Saints. They don't have a 3rd round draft pick, so I'll look at what the team did for the first two rounds.
ROUND 1: REGGIE BUSH, RB (USC): What can you say about the pick? It's obvious that this team needs a lot of improvements on defense and the offensive line, so Bush wasn't an urgent "need pick." But there's no way you can complain about it. This guy can score anytime, anywhere. We have NEVER, I repeat NEVER IN THE 40 YEAR HISTORY OF THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, had a player like him. Then there's the rest of it. He's the most marketable player in the draft. He instantly becomes the face of the franchise. People who have never cared about the team will pay attention to the Saints . Jerseys will sell out. More season tickets will be sold. It's a great day and a great pick. But don't expect any miracles. This team still has a lot of holes, and they're a ways away from being a contender. But we'll be more fun to watch at least.
ROUND 2: TRADE WITH CLEVELAND, ACQUIRE JEFF FAINE, C (BROWNS): Well, that settles one problem. We need a center. Faine's a starting NFL center. Check. I probably wouldn't expect him to be a Pro Bowler though. From what I heard, he struggled to pick up his position in his first two years. He improved last year, but they brought in (ironically) LeCharles Bentley to replace him. But we needed him, so you have to be at least mildly satisfied with the decision.
ROUND 2: (VIA TRADE WITH CLEVELAND): ROMAN HARPER, S (ALABAMA): I'm going to reserve my final comments on this one, but I have mixed feelings on this one right now. Come on--do we really need another safety? How many are we going to bring in? We've picked up 2 more (Stoutmire and Scott) in the offseason, tried to pick up one more (Keith Davis), and we still have 3 other servicable safeties (Bullocks, Smith and Bellamy) on the roster. On WWL Radio, Mike Detillier says that this means that Dwight Smith is gone. Hopefully, we'll get something decent in exchange for him. But the thing they're constantly talking about with this guy is "character." Payton said it in his press conference. The WWL announcers also pointed it out after they interviewed him too. So that's a plus. If Smith is indeed on his way out, then the pick makes more sense. But while he's still here, I just don't understand it.
The Saints currently do not have a 3rd round draft pick. So this is probably it for today. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have more to say about the rest of it.
TAGS: New Orleans Katrina Saints New Orleans Saints, NFL Draft, Reggie Bush.