The Stars aligned in favor of the Saints
The Stars aligned in favor of the Saints on day one of the NFL draft. The Saints biggest needs entering this off season were cornerback and edge rusher. The first ten picks fell exactly how they needed to, with no cornerbacks being selected before the Saints were on the clock. This allowed some very good players to slide into the Saints lap. The biggest name was Marshon Lattimore, the cornerback from Ohio state. Other defensive players that were available were Derek Barnett and Haason Reddick, both of which would have filled a need as well.
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This selection was a steal.
New Orleans selected Marshon Lattimore, who some draft experts had ranked as the best cornerback in the draft. Lattimore will drastically help out the pass defense. He is tremendous in press coverage, and his speed and versatility will be an asset in Dennis Allen’s defensive scheme. This selection was a steal for the Saints. Sean Payton said, “We thought he (Lattimore) would be selected top five”. But, luckily enough, Lattimore fell to his new home in the Big Easy.
Mike Mayock compared Lattimore to Aqib Talib
Lattimore has ridiculous potential. He has the athleticism that you want to see for the position. The cornerback was clocked at 4.36 in the 40 yard dash at the combine. Mike Mayock compared Lattimore to Aqib Talib (Denver Broncos cornerback) and said he could be a pro bowl caliber player for the Saints. The only real issue so far has been keeping Lattimore on the field, he has been dealing with a recurrent hamstring issue. He affirmed that he felt healthy, and that he thinks his injury has mended.
Lattimore was the perfect marriage of need and talent overall. With the addition of Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams (former Utah safety), the New Orleans’ pass defense should be much more dynamic. It appears that New Orleans had an outstanding draft. But, only time will tell.