Predicting the Impact of Every New Orleans Saints’ 2014 Draft Pick

New Orleans Saints: Predicting the Impact of Every 2014 Draft Pick

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The New Orleans Saints’ offseason wasn’t going very well heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. After losing star playmaker Darren Sproles and a few solid contributors on defense, it became all the more important that the team nail the draft. Luckily, the team did just that and picked up some players who could really shine. Without further ado, here is a prediction of how well every Saints’ draft pick will fare in their rookie season.

Round 1, No. 20 Overall: Brandin Cooks, WR

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Round 1, No. 20 Overall: Brandin Cooks, WR

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Drafted to replace Darren Sproles as the playmaker in New Orleans’ offense, Brandin Cooks should make a big impact right away. Cooks has elite speed, and that, combined with his receiving ability, will allow Cooks to make plays from day one.

Round 2, No. 58 Overall: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB

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Round 2, No. 58 Overall: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB

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Stanley Jean-Baptiste fits the NFL’s new breed of cornerbacks in that he combines great length at 6-foot-3 with exceptional ball skills. Jean-Baptiste should step right in as a rotational player for the Saints.

Round 4, No. 126 Overall: Khairi Fortt, ILB

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Round 4, No. 126 Overall: Khairi Fortt, ILB

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With Jonathan Vilma gone, the Saints needed to add some depth to their linebacking corps, and they did just that with the selection of Khairi Fortt. Fortt is a hard-hitting, reliable linebacker, and while his impact won’t be felt for several years, I do believe he has starting potential down the line.

Round 5, No. 167 Overall: Vinnie Sunseri, SS

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Round 5, No. 167 Overall: Vinnie Sunseri, SS

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A great fit in Rob Ryan’s defensive scheme, Vinnie Sunseri was a nice pick for the Saints. That said, it’s difficult to see where Sunseri will be able to earn any playing time. With Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro and Rafael Bush already in the safety rotation, it’s likely Sunseri will have to prove his worth on special teams.

Round 6, No. 202 Overall: Tavon Rooks, OT

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Round 6, No. 202 Overall: Tavon Rooks, OT

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It’s not often that offensive tackles with legitimate starting ability fall into the sixth round, but that’s exactly what happened with Tavon Rooks. Rooks is adept in both pass and run blocking, and he should work his way into a backup role right away.


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