2012 NFL Draft New Orleans Saints: 5 Wide Receivers The New Orleans Saints Could Draft

By Alejandro Aviles

The New Orleans Saints might lose Marques Colston to free agency. While Colston would leave a big void for the Saints’ offense I still feel that they would be okay considering all of the other pieces in their receiving corps. However, it can only benefit the Saints if they were to draft a wide receiver at some point in the later rounds of the draft. The Saints should look to draft at least one receiver that they can develop and incorporate into their potent offense. Here are some wide receivers the Saints could possibly draft:

Chris Owusu, 6’2″ 201 lbs, Stanford: Owusu has already proven that he is comfortable playing with a big name quarterback; projected number 1 pick Andrew Luck was his quarterback at Stanford. Owusu had sub-par numbers in his last two seasons at Stanford but for his career he has totaled 102 receptions with 1,534 receiving yards to go along with 10 touchdowns. Owusu has decent size to be a receiver in the NFL but he will need to improve his catching ability on the next level if he even gets drafted. Furthermore, Owusu needs to improve on his ability to change directions quickly but he does possess great speed in straight-line running. If the Saints choose to draft him they could probably get him in the fifth through seventh rounds. If Owusu comes to the Saints I know quarterback Drew Brees could work with him and help turn him into a competent receiver.

DeVier Posey, 6’2″ 209 lbs, Ohio State: Posey has some documented off the field issues and that might be a concern for some NFL teams. However, if the Saints choose to draft him they will get a good sized receiver that has a good skill set. Posey is a fast receiver and is able to go up and make the acrobatic catch with his athleticism. Posey can create space and has the ability to shake defenders but sometimes can get knocked off his route. During his career as a Buckeye, Posey caught 136 passes for 1,955 yards and 18 touchdowns. If the Saints can get around his off the field issues they should be able to draft him in the fourth or fifth round. Posey could become a third or fourth option for Brees if he is able to crack the rotation.

Chris Givens, 6’0″ 195 lbs, Wake Forest: During his career with Wake Forest Givens accumulated 163 catches for 2,473 yards and 21 touchdowns. However, his biggest year of production was his junior season in which he had 83 receptions for 1,330 yards and 9 touchdowns. Givens definitely has the potential to be a go-to receiver and the Saints might be able to snag him in the fourth or fifth round if they choose to draft him. Givens is a little undersized for a wide receiver, but what makes him dangerous is his speed. What Givens lacks in size he makes up for with his speed and that will make him a great receiver on the next level. Givens is a pretty good route runner as well and cold prove to be a solid pick up for the Saints.

Juron Criner, 6’4″ 215 lbs, Arizona: Criner had a stellar career at Arizona as he caught 209 passes for 2,859 yards and 32 touchdowns. Criner has great size to be a wide receiver in the NFL and possesses great athleticism. Criner has a great eye for the ball and is able to secure many catches. Criner is not a great route-runner but his ability to get the ball can make him into a potential star on the next level. The Saints should be able to get him in the fourth or fifth round, but a good combine might raise his stock. Either way the Saints could get an absolute steal if they draft Criner.

Greg Childs, 6’3″ 217 lbs, Arkansas: Childs did not have a great senior season as he only had 21 receptions for 240 yards with no touchdowns. Despite his terrible senior season Childs posted career numbers of 133 receptions with 2,066 yards and 15 touchdowns during his time at Arkansas. Childs has great size to be an NFL receiver but he does have a history of injuries that might set him back. Nonetheless, when healthy, Childs does have good talent and is a good go-to guy in the red zone. Furthermore, Childs has good speed and can bring a lot of potential to the Saints. If the Saints choose to draft him they can probably get him in the fifth or sixth round.

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