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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:46 pm    Post subject: Smokescreen or just the simple truth? Reply with quote

So, Sean Payton continues to profess how the left tackle position keeps him up at night. What should we make of this? With Jermon Bushrod in Chicago now and the oft injured Charles Brown not getting the most glowing endorsement from his head coach, should Saints fans start to concede to the idea that our horrid defense will be neglected in this year’s top round of the draft… and maybe beyond that?



With the free agent market quickly drying up at left tackle the Saints could look to explore a trade for a veteran like St. Louis’s Rodger Saffold but it’s unlikely they would be successful in that attempt. The most logical place the Saints could address the left tackle position is in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL draft. This draft boast 3 sure fire franchise left tackles in Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M), Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) & Lane Johnson (Oklahoma). Joeckel and Fisher are likely to be top 5 picks but Johnson could fall to a point in the draft where the Saints could make a play for him in a trade but that would almost surely cost the Saints there 1st & 3rd round picks in this draft and potentially a 2nd or 3rd in 2014. With the defense in such a need for upgrades and depth across the board, that would be a steep price to pay for another offensive cornerstone.



Of course the Saints could also look to either reach or trade back to target a player at the position with tremendous upside but raw ability like Florida State’s Menelik Watson. This would give Charles Brown serious competition at the position and force him to finally step up or flame out in the black and gold. If Brown turns the corner, Watson could project to right tackle and still fill a major need for Zach Strief isn’t that much better than Brown himself. If Watson was to win the left tackle job, Brown could remain on the right side with Strief becoming a quality 3rd tackle in the rotation once again. Other players that the Saints could either reach for at 15 or trade back and target are DJ Fluker (Alabama), Justin Pugh (Syracuse), Kyle Long (Oregon) & Terron Armstead (Arkansas Pine-Bluff).



Of course, this could all just be a big ploy by Sean Payton to motivate Charles Brown to play through the nagging injuries that has been sidelining him since his arrival in the big easy. Payton did learn from the best in this regard in Bill Parcells who was known to motivate his players through fear and there is no greater fear for an NFL player than the uncertainty of his roster spot, let alone his starting position.



Another thing Payton could be doing is deploying a major smokescreen with all this sleepless night talk over the left tackle position in order to throw off teams behind the Saints in the pecking order of the draft off their sent of the defensive players they actually covet. Say if New Orleans would love nothing more than to see a guy like Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones fall to them but are worried a team like the Steelers may opt to jump ahead of them for the Bulldog pass rusher, a big left tackle smokescreen could be a beneficial tool to keep them at bay on draft night. Sure the tackle position is still a concern but the question is just how big a concern it actually is?

I guess we’ll all soon find out but the cat and mouse is interesting none the less.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but you know what else keeps him up at night? Our defense. And he sure as hell knows, Payton is a smart guy, that we need defensive help more than a LT...

I'd bet money that we don't draft an OT. Payton isn't stupid.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope we don't go LT at 15.. Bryant McKinnie and best defensive player available at 15 FTW
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FLOODx wrote:
I hope we don't go LT at 15.. Bryant McKinnie and best defensive player available at 15 FTW


Would be a very good scenario there. McKinnie would be teamed once again with Ben Grubbs. Another choice, and IMO better upside, is Jared Gaither. This would allow more leeway in the draft.

Although, I must say... upon watching clips of Lane Johnson, Fischer, and Joekel, my choice would be Lane Johnson... HANDS DOWN!
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