SCOUTING REPORTS: Offense

The Saints have addressed the TE, WR, and OL in free agency in recent weeks, but the bottom line is that this team is still in need of another receiver, possibly a LT or RT, and a C for sure. TE will also be an option, and a RB will be drafted in the 3rd-5th round area. Below are 15 names to keep in mind on day one of the draft on the offensive side of the ball.

1. Donte Stallworth-WR-Tennessee: 6001, 197-pounds, 4.35/40, 40" Vertical---One of the most exciting receivers in the draft. Has good size and excellent speed(4.29, 4.23 at Pro Day) and is able to stretch the field. Shows good hands, but has a tendancy to fumble. Suffered a broken wrist and a torn ACL in his college career, but has overcome both to be considered a highly regarded prospect. Maturity is a big question, but the kid can play and would be a welcomed addition to New Orleans.

2. Josh Reed-WR-Louisiana State: 5102, 210-pounds, 4.52/40, 35" Vertical---Steady receiver who is still learning the position. A perfect fit for the WCO. Oustanding at getting the yards after catch(YAC) and breaks tackles. Strong receiver who blocks well down field. Not the fastest receiver, but an oustanding all-around receiver. Started his career as a RB, but made the move to WR as a sophomore. Bilitnikoff winner in 2001 and led the nation in receiving. Great hands and body control. Runs great routes and isn't afraid to go over the middle. A ton of upside who could become an All-Pro in the right system.

3. Antonio Bryant-WR-Pittsburgh: 6012, 188-pounds, 4.56/40, 37" Vertical---Talented receiver who is VERY immature and can't seem to stay out of trouble. Won Bilitnikoff award after his sophomore year, but had an injury plagued junior campaign. Looked great in Pitt's bowl game, but has a lot of questions to answer about his character. Good route runner and is very consistent with his hands. Not a burner, but does get seperation and makes plays down field. A little thin, but has the body to gain 10-12 pounds which is necessary. Has potential, but has some issues.

4. Reche Caldwell-WR-Florida: 5116, 194-pounds, 4.44/40, 41 ½" Vertical---Best NFL WR prospect on the Gators' team. Overshadowed by Jabar Gaffney, but is a better all-around player. A gifted athlete who has outstanding leaping ability. Runs good routes and has big play potential. A steady, consistent receiver who will go over the middle of the field and make the necessary catches. Displays good body control and can go up in a crowd and make the play. Able to stretch the field and get seperation. Not a #1 WR, but could be an outstanding #2.

5. Javon Walker-WR-Florida State: 6026, 210-pounds, 4.41/40, 39 ½" Vertical---big, fast, physical receiver who would surely help boost the Saints' receiving corp. Shows the ability to make the big play which the Saints desperately need. Runs good routes, adjusts well to the ball while in the air, and is able to get seperation. A very consistent receiver who has potential to be an All-Pro. Louisiana Native.

6. Andre Davis-WR-Virginia Tech: 6014, 194-pounds, 4.38/40, 39 ½" Vertical---Playmaking receiver who, if available, would be a pick of tremendous value. Good size and speed numbers. Athletic receiver who runs route well, but has only run limited amount of routes. Grest straight line speed and is able to get speration from his man. Shows good body control, consistent hands, Ability to go deep and make the big play. Needs to work on his down field blocking. One of the most polished receivers in the draft. Has ability to be a Pro Bowler.

7. Tim Carter-WR-Auburn: 5117, 190-pounds, 4.36/40, 39" Vertical---Speedy playmaking receiver who has tremendous blood lines. Has been shooting up draft boards since the Senior Bowl where hw was the best receiver in Mobile. He has good size and speed. A very strong player for the position. Can return kicks and punts which will add value to this player. Still learning the position, but has improved tremendously on his route running. Has also improved on his hands. Still is a very raw player, but has a lot of upside. Could develop into a special player and a very solid #2 receiver.

8. Antwaan Randle-El-WR/QB-Indiana: 5095, 191-pounds, 4.50/40, 37" Vertical---Simply the most exciting college football player I have ever seen. Should have won the Heisman, but voters elected to give it to the poster boy, Eric Crouch. Can play three positions at a very high level(WR/QB/PR). Could go as high as the Rams with the 31st pick of the draft, but would hold tremendous value here, especially if New Orleans doesn't select a receiver in round one. Still learning the WR position, but has ability to become a VERY solid slot man. Most versatile player in draft.

9. LeCharles Bentley-C-Ohio State: 6023, 299-pounds, 5.13/40, 26" Vertical---Mean SOB in the Kyle Turley mold, so right away, you have to LOVE this kid. Quick hands from stance and snap. Also has good footwork. Good first step quickness, which is key and is able to take on DT and is able to pull when asked. Has leadership qualities, but has that mentality to play to the echo of the whistle, which costs him and team at times. Ability to become an outstanding pivot man.

10. Mike Pearson-LT-Florida: 6066, 304-pounds, 5.15/40, 30" Vertical---Junior who left school early after a sub-par year. Has been compared to Tony Boselli. Shows flashes of future greatness, but is inconsistent. Has the footwork and athletic ability needed for a LT. At times, can totally destroy his opponent. Good body control and arm strength, but isn't as good in his leg drive(run blocking) yet. Has unlimited potential, but has to be more consistent. Should become an All-Pro if he can stay healthy and consistent.

11. Terrance Metcalf-LG/LT-Mississippi: 6034, 318-pounds, 5.33/40, 29" Vertical---Versatile player who can play both LT and LG. Looked completely dominating in Mobile at the Senior Bowl and could here his name called in the top 40 picks. Has the foot quickness, body control and pulling ability along with tremendous arm strength(28 reps of 225). Not the most athletic player, but has a great understanding of the position(s). Outstanding in run blocking and even better in pass protection. Has a quick set up and is able to lock up his man. Best suited as a LG, but can play anywhere on the O-Line which adds value this player.

12. Marc Columbo-LT-Boston College: 6077, 313-pounds, 5.28/40, 29 ½" Vertical---Big, strong kid(30 reps of 225) who has really added on the necessary weight. He was 288-293 during the season and now weighs in the 311-315 area. The problem is that he has lost a lot of quickness, which is the reason why his stock has fell some. He was considered a lock to be a top 35 pick, but now he may fall to the early-mid third round. IF, and it is a BIG IF, he is there when the Saints pick in round three, Mueller and Haslett may be forced to pull the trigger. Has a lot of potential, but needs to get his quicker with this added weight.

13. Najeh Davenport-FB/RB-Miami: 6005, 248-pounds, 4.44/40, 36 ½" Vertical---Amazing athlete who can play RB and FB. Has very soft hands for a big back and would give the Saints a goal line threat. He would also allow the team to be more fexible with it running game. He's very elusive, has a quick burst to and through the hole, and is very strong in his upper body. He needs to work on his blocking, but Najeh is a natural RB. Has a ton of talent, just needs to find a position.

14. Martin Bibla-RG-Miami: 6033, 306-pounds, 5.16/40, 32 ½" Vertical---Very strong(35 reps of 225) intelligent player who has a tremendous understanding of the game. Not much upside, but is a complete guard prospect who can do everything asked of him. Pulls well and works really well in space. Not limited in his blocking and can eliminate opponent with his strength. Uses hands very well and has good, solid footwork. A player who can come in and start from day one at RG. Possible Pro Bowl talent. Steady and very consistent. Strength is pass protection, but run blocks good enough to get the job done.

15. Najeh Davenport-FB/RB-Miami: 6005, 248-pounds, 4.44/40, 36 ½" Vertical---Amazing athlete who can play RB and FB. Has very soft hands for a big back and would give the Saints a goal line threat. He would also allow the team to be more fexible with it running game. He's very elusive, has a quick burst to and through the hole, and is very strong in his upper body. He needs to work on his blocking, but Najeh is a natural RB. Has a ton of talent, just needs to find a position.


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