5 Directions the Saints Can Go In the 1st Round

The New Orleans Saints hold the 27th pick in next month’s NFL draft, and like most teams have number of directions they could go with their 1st round pick. Let’s take a look at the most likely positions/players the Saints could take in the 1st.

CORNERBACK

fullerThe Saints have turned their safety corps into one of the league’s best, but they still have some work to be done in the front of their secondary. Keenan Lewis is has one side of the field locked down and proved one of the best free agent signings of 2013. Champ Bailey is a future Hall of Famer, but at 36 he is better suited as the Saints nickel corner. The Saints would be very wise to go with a big press corner that will give Rob Ryan’s pass rush more bite. Darqueze Dennard would be that guy, but he might not be there #27. The 27th spot would be the perfect spot for the Saints to grab Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller. Fuller is very physical at the line and isn’t afraid to attack vs. the run. The Saints would be able to let him transition into the starting role while he learns from Champ. Getting a CB in the 1st would free the Saints up to address their need at WR or the interior line in the 2nd and 3rd.

WIDE RECEIVER

Marques Colston is the clear #1 WR in NO, but after him the Saints are in need of some new offensive firepower. I like Kenny Stills, and feel that he is in for a big 2014 season. That being said, the Saints could use the pick one of the WR’s from this deep 2014 class. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks would be great at replacing the production from Darren Sproles and Lance Moore if the Saints are looking for a smaller slot type WR. If they are looking to they are looking to bring in a strong big bodied WR, Allen Robinson or Donte Moncrief would be there for the taking at #27. Though I know the Saints have done plenty without the help of 1st round talent on offense, the thought of grabbing a WR in this spot intrigues me.

RUSH DE/OUTSIDE LB

The Saints defense was a turnaround story of 2013, but one thing they lack is talent from the rush end position. The 1st round of this draft will have plenty of options for the Saints to address this defensive hole. This looks like the most likely option for the Saints in the 1st. Dee Ford, Ryan Shazier, Demarcus Lawrence or Kony Ealy should be around at #27, and the Saints’ D could use any of their talents on the edge. Ealy would be my preferred pick in this slot. His size and versatility to play 4-3 DE or 3-4 LB would be interesting to see Rob Ryan work with. He has great Watt-like hands when he can’t get to the QB.

CENTER

martinThe Saints letting De La Puente walk to the Bears leaves a hole at the O-Line’s anchor position. Centers seem to be an easily replaceable position for Sean Payton, but grabbing someone like Marcus Martin would be a nice pick. I know what you are saying. TAKE A CENTER IN THE 1ST ROUND! WE AREN’T THE COWBOYS! We take Martin in the 1st and he becomes our starting center immediately. He provides a smart solid presence in the middle, and makes the Saints line among the leagues best. The next year when we lose Evans and/or Grubbs to free agency, Martin slides over to OG and Tim Lelito takes over as the 2015 center.

C.J. MOSELY

The Saints have a long history of great linebackers, and Mosely could carry on that tradition. Mosely is the toughest most athletic ILB in this draft and he would step in and be the leader of the Saints defense. He is a smart and instinctual player that will make any unit better. If he’s there at #27, the Saints need to make the pick.

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TSD 2014 NBA Playoff Predictions: 1st Round

Eastern Conference

#1 Indiana Pacers vs. #8 Atlanta Hawks

The Pacers turn it back on and show the Hawks why they are the best defensive team in the NBA.  Hibbert will allow the rest of the Pacers D to stay out of the paint and shut down the Hawks’ 3-point game.  Pacers in 5.

heat#2 Miami Heat vs. #7 Charlotte Bobcats

Welcome back to the playoffs, Charlotte.  Better luck next year.  Heat in 5.

#3 Toronto Raptors vs. #6 Brooklyn Nets

The Raptors are the better team, but the Nets are loaded with playoff experience.  I’ve been surprised at how consistent the Raptors have played all season, and they matchup very well against the Nets.  I’m giving the elder Nets the edge in a close series.  Nets in 7.

#4 Chicago Bulls vs. #5 Washington Wizards

I don’t think the young Wizards have the maturity to navigate the Bulls’ pressure defense enough to get out of this series alive.  Bulls in 6.

Western Conference

#1 San Antonio Spurs vs. #8 Dallas Mavericks

The Spurs took the season series 4-0 vs. the Mavs and should be sitting pretty for an easy trip to the 2nd round.  The Mavs just don’t have the defense to match the Spurs.  Sit back and enjoy the last Dirk vs. Duncan matchup ever.  Spurs in 4.

grizz#2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. #7 Memphis Grizzlies

The Thunder are looking to avenge getting knocked out of the playoffs at the hands of the Grizz last year.  Westbrook wasn’t there for that and having him back will help.  I have a feeling that OKC will have trouble getting stops, and the Grizz will have a chance to pull the upset.  Grizzlies in 6.

#3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. #6 Golden State Warriors

I think the Clippers will be able to slow down Curry and the Warriors’ shooters enough to prove to us that they are legitimate title contenders.  Look for DeAndre Jordan to have a monster series.  Clippers in 5.

#4 Houston Rockets vs. #5 Portland Trailblazers

This series will have tons of points and will be fun to watch.  It’s time for the Rockets to step up and show how dangerous they are.  Howard needs to be dominant in the playoffs.  Rockets in 6.

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Joakim Noah + Born to Run = PERFECTION!

Best center in the game and the greatest performer of all time.  Sit back and enjoy.

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Jim Irsay Is In The Tank And He Is Going To Take Some People With Him

(WishTV.com)

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This Jim Irsay DUI story is about to blow up, and the NFL team doctors better get ready.  I don’t have any facts and this is all based on pure hypothetical insanity on my part, but I would put the chances that Irsay was getting his alleged drug of choice (Pain meds) from the Colts’ team doctor at about 90%.  No matter what comes down from the NFL as a punishment for Irsay I just hope that he is able to get the help he needs.  I mean the man has lost about 70 lbs recently and you’re telling me that it’s because he’s trying to prevent back pain.  Come on!  Jim Irsay is in a full blown battle for his life addiction and he needs some serious help.

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Awesome Derrick Coleman Commercial

Though I won’t be cheering for Derrick Coleman today (He’s playing my Saints), I will now always be a fan and will look for him to continue to fight the odds.  Both of maternal grandparents were deaf and spending Louisiana summers with them made some of my greatest childhood memories.  My grandfather wasn’t one to let his disability slow him and he taught me a lot about playing the hand you’ve been dealt to the fullest.

 

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Jumbo’s Hypothetical Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

Today the BBWAA had to turn in their ballots for the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame inductions.  That means we have until January 8th at 2pm before we find out what absurdly stupid fake moral high ground decisions the BBWAA made.  Last year they didn’t elect one of the deserving men to the HOF.   I am not a member of the BBWAA (Far from it), but if I was my ballot would look just like this. A player must appear on 75% of the ballots to be enshrined, and no more than 10 players can appear on a ballot.

  • bagwellJeff Bagwell (Last Year: 59.6%)  The fact that one of the top 10 1st basemen in the history of the game is still waiting to get in the HOF is a travesty.  The 1994 NL MVP finished his career with 2314 Hits, 449 HRs and 1,529 RBIs, but just because he has muscles the idiots in the BBWAA don’t feel he deserves to be in the HOF.
  • Craig Biggio (68.2%)  Another guy that should already be in is Bagwell’s Astros teammate, Biggio.  One of the top 2nd basemen of all-time, Biggio’s 3,060 hits should put him.  In fact he is the only player in baseball history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs.  I hope  this is the year that the BBWAA pulls their heads out of the own asses.
  • Barry Bonds (36.2%)  Steroids?  Sure he did.  HGH?  Of course.  Greatest hitter since Ted Williams?  No doubt.
  • Roger Clemens (37.6%)  Same as above but insert “Greatest pitcher since Walter Johnson.
  • Tom Glavine (1st Year)  The 2-time Cy Young Award winner finished his career with 305 wins and was one of the top pitchers in the game for the 90′s.  If he doesn’t get in on the 1st ballot the world might end. Continue reading
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