Drafting TJ Duckett spells
the end of Jamal Anderson and in the end was a solid choice in round one.
Third round pick Will Overstreet is an undersized end with a high revving
motor that must make the transition to outside linebacker in the Falcons new
three-four defensive alignment while Martin Bibla, chosen a frame later, offers
strength up front for the running game. Kurt Kittner was solid value in round five and a good
quarterback to have behind Michael Vick. Overall
a nice collection of players but nothing stands out about this draft.
New coach John Fox made the
right choice tabbing Julius Peppers with the drafts second pick as well as
taking Deshaun Foster a frame later. Peppers
has a great amount of upside potential while Foster could be their feature back
in the future if he stays healthy. After
that the Panthers draft was rather unspectacular; Will Witherspoon, taken in
round three, is not much of an upgrade at linebacker, Dante Wesley is a project
at cornerback while Keith Heinrich and Pete Campion are bench players. The hidden values could come with both fifth round choices;
quarterback Randy Fasani and fullback Kyle Johnson, both prospects with a lot of
talent but almost an equal amount of injury history.
The Saints had a lot of
picks and used them all wisely getting quality and quantity.
Donte' Stallworth immediately upgrades the talent at receiver while
fellow first round pick Charles Grant fills a desperate need on the defensive
line and both should see action early into their rookie campaign.
Second round choice LeCharles Bentley offers versatility on the offensive
line and could quickly be placed in the starting line-up while James Allen
offers possibilities at outside linebacker. Fourth round selection Keyou Craver was red-flagged by many
teams because of a neck injury but is a steal while fifth round pick Mel
Mitchell could be one of the draft's better-hidden treasures. Both upgrade the available talent at cornerback and safety,
respectively. Quarterback JT
O'Sullivan is a solid long-term prospect at quarterback while Derrius Monroe
is a terrific athlete with a lot of upside if he concentrates on the football
field and keeps his priorities in check. The
exciting aspect of the Saints draft is they not only chose players that will
immediately fill needs but players with great potential for the future.