Black and Gold X’s and O’s: What the Saints Should Not Do in the First Round


Published: April 10, 2009


... could trade down. Heck, if they really like someone who figures to be gone early, they could trade up.

They could go linebacker, running back, defensive back, perhaps even center.

But you know what they should not do?

They should not make a pick at 14.

I'm not saying go all Minnesota Vikings and run out of time, looking like dufuses in front of the entire league and nation.

No, what I am saying is that it is completely irresponsible to make a selection at number 14. Here is why:

The Saints, under Sean Payton, started out by adding players through the draft in 2006, and again in 2007. But in the past two offseasons, they have suddenly decided that free agency is the best way to assemble a team.

I am philosophically opposed to this way of thinking. I think the Saints need to get younger. Look at the way most of the top teams in the NFL acquire players.

Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, New England (until the pas...

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