Author: Chris Nalls

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Saints have success at finding undrafted free agents

 Chris Nalls / May 12, 2019

New Orleans Saints General manager Mickey Loomis has put together some solids drafts over the past couple of years. Drafting players like Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas who have played a big part in why the Saints have such a prolific offense.

Finding dynamic players in the draft is excellent, but the Saints have found success after the draft as well. Pierre Thomas, Junior Galette, and Chris Ivory are all examples of the Saints finding success when signing undrafted free agents. These are the type of players that not only provided great depth on the team but eventually became starters later on in their career.

Coaching is also a big reason for how the Saints find specific types of players that fit their scheme. ” I think more than anything you’re trying to find traits that maybe draw you to a player, and then just importantly, what is the vision you have as a coaching staff for that player,” said Coach Payton.

“When you only have seven rounds, that’s not as many as they used to have. There are a lot of good football players that go undrafted. Each year history tells us that” Payton added.

In 2019 the Saints are aiming for a Super Bowl run, and there is no doubt they should make it. Finding some hidden gem free agents that went undrafted along the way will only help the franchise now and the future.

 

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Saints had a much higher grade on Erik McCoy

Chris Nalls/April 27, 2019

The New Orleans Saints were in need of a center after the retirement of Max Unger came in the offseason. The Saints signed center Nick Easton from the Minnesota Vikings who possesses versatility as a center and can play guard if need be but the Saints wanted more depth at that position.

In Fridays round two of the NFL draft, the Saints made their first selection and got their center in former Texas A&M offensive lineman Erik McCoy.

“I think specifically, we probably had a real early two on him. But yes, we were pretty confident that he wasn’t going to be available if we stood pat” said Payton. Saints made a trade with the Miami Dolphins to move up from 62 to 48 to select McCoy.

The overall trade details that allowed the Saints to select McCoy, included moving up from 62 to 48th overall and the 116th pick from Miami and the Dolphins receiving the 62nd pick (which was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals in the Josh Rosen trade), 202nd pick, and a 2020 second round pick from New Orleans.

Overall the Saints got what they wanted and still have more picks in this year’s draft which is turning out to be some talented players falling in the later rounds. Will, the next Saints pick be a wide receiver next?

 

 

 

GM Mickey Loomis on what Thursday could be like for Saints

With the NFL draft starting on Thursday, the New Orleans Saints will only have six picks in this year’s draft.

With the first selection not until pick 62 of the second round, GM Mickey Loomis could try and get creative on the first night of the draft and make a move and trade into the first round if he chooses to do so.

“I don’t know. Listen, we’ll be watching I guess, but look, we’ll be on the phones working the draft and managing the process” said Loomis.

Last year the Saints made a trade with the Green Bay Packers moving up from the 27th overall pick to number 14 overall, to grab pass rusher Marcus Davenport. The deal also included a fifth rounder in the 2018 draft and this year’s first-round pick.

Loomis is not afraid to make a move, and if the Saints fell in love with a player at the combine, that somehow has slipped in the first round, they could try and pull off a trade to grab their guy. So while the Saints will be watching the draft live. All it takes is the right deal, and the right call to make a shift in this year’s selection for the Saints.

We will find out Thursday night precisely what the Saint’s plans are. Whatever Loomis and Saints decide to do it should be an exciting three days.

Alvin Kamara Fantasy Football Impact

Chris Nalls / March 13, 2019

The New Orleans Saints have one of the brightest young running backs in the NFL. Former Tennessee standout will have the majority of the workload for the Saints now after reports came out that former teammate Mark Ingram has signed a contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

The fantasy impact that Kamara will have for any current fantasy football owners team will be huge again. In Kamara’s rookie year the former third-rounder rushed for 728 yards and scored eight touchdowns. On the receiving side, Kamara had 826 receiving yards and crossed the goal line five times. That’s a combination of 1,554 all-purpose yards and 13 total touchdowns. Now, remember this happened when Kamara was sharing the load with Mark Ingram.

In 2018 Kamara had another superb year. This time rushing for 883 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, Kamara had 709 receiving yards with four touchdowns. A total combination of 1,592 all-purpose yards and a whopping 18 touchdowns. Just to give you an idea how insane Kamara’s numbers are Tennessee Titans Quarterback Marcus Mariota has not through for 18 touchdowns since 2016 crazy right?

Now with Ingram gone for good Kamara will be the feature back as he was intended to be. If you own him in dynasty leagues consider yourself lucky,  if you only play in redraft leagues, you have to consider taking Kamra number one overall. Kamara is already a top 5 fantasy running back, and after the 2019 season, Kamara could most likely be the number one overall running back in all of fantasy football for 2020.

New Look New York Giants

Chris Nalls / March 9, 2019

The question for a while has been what will the New York Giants do after Eli Manning? Manning now at age 38 has slowly been on the decline for a while now, and the Giants need to start thinking about life after Manning. One scenario that has popped up would be for the Giants to get on the phone and call the Arizona Cardinals about Josh Rosen.  With rumors swirling about new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury being in love with the potential number one pick and former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, now is the time for the Giants GM Dave Gettleman to make that call.

The Giants have multiple draft picks in the 2019 NFL draft. Gettleman should try and trade the second (No. 38 overall) to the Cardinals for Rosen. Giants would still keep the number six overall pick in the first round and get their new franchise quarterback in Rosen without really giving up to much.  A line up of Rosen, Saquan Barkley, OBJ, and Evan Engram would be a good way to get out in front of the situation of losing Manning and going through a long drought of trying to find the next franchise quarterback.

This move makes too much sense for both parties, and of course, a lot has to to do with the Cardinals loving Murray has much as what has been reported to make this deal. Giants cap space is currently at $23,910,035 (cap figure is before yesterdays trade), and with Rosen’s contract sitting at $14,398,167 per overthecap.com for the 2019 season the Giants and GM Gettleman could squeeze Rosen’s deal in.

Giants also made a trade yesterday involving pass rusher Olivier Vernon adding guard Kevin Zeitler to the offensive line helps the Giants protect a potential Manning replacement. Zeitler was also graded as PFF’s top pass-blocking guard last season. The Giants and Gettleman should try and get this Rosen deal done as soon as possible. The toughest position to fill in the NFL is having a solid quarterback and with every other skill position addressed for the Giants and all under the age of 26, the time to move on from Manning and bring in a new gunslinger is now.

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