New Orleans Saints: B+
1.) Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
1.) Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
2.) Hau’oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
3.) Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado St.
3.) P.J. Williams, CB, Florida St.
5.) Davis Tull, DE, OLB, Tennessee-Chattanooga
5.) Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno St.
5.) Damian Swann, CB, Georgia
7.) Marcus Murphy, RB, Missouri
Bottom Line: This is a terrific haul by the Saints and coach Sean Payton. The only thing holding them back from an “A” grade is not addressing the positions of receiver or tight end. Quarterback Drew Brees is getting old and protecting him is of the utmost importance, thus the selection of Peat. But the team in cap-cutting moves traded Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. That leaves veteran Ben Watson as the starting tight end and third-year man Nick Toon as the slot receiver. They must have a lot of faith in them to avoid addressing the position. They bolstered their linebacking corps with great talent in Anthony and Kikaha. Tull is a solid developmental pick. Their third-round draft picks were the best taking (arguably) the best quarterback in the draft in Grayson and Williams, a proven, starter-caliber corner.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B
1.) Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.
2.) Donovan Smith, OT, Penn St.
2.) Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart & William Smith
4.) Kwon Alexander, OLB, LSU
5.) Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska
6.) Kaelin Clay, WR, Utah
7.) Joey Iosefa, FB, Hawaii
Bottom Line: Winston was the obvious number-one overall pick for this year’s draft. He has the talent to succeed but the questions around his off-field incidents will always be there. There biggest need heading into offseason was the offensive-line. If there were a word worse than atrocious, they were it. So adding two linemen in the second-round was a good choice. Smith, will start Day One at either tackle or guard. Marpet, a D-III prospect, will make the big jump to the NFL. He has the skills to do it, but it will surely take some sort of an adjustment period. Alexander, gives the linebacking corps a serious bump. Teaming him with veteran Lavonte David, gives them a pair of sideline-to-sideline players. They will be fun to watch.
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