Saints stayed true to the ideals of the draft in trying to improve the overall team. All these Players can step in and start and be an impact on the game.
Round 1. Anttaj Hawthorne DT 04 The saints had only 3 sacks from its starting DT's not including the games Howard Played DT.
Round 2. Channing Crowder ILB\OLB If he stays healthy will be one of the best LB's in the draft
Round 3. Wesley Britt OT One of if not the best OT in the draft his drop in rankings is more from a Broken Leg in 03 and another at the senior bowl 04 than ability.
Hawthorne took over as a starter late in his true freshman season in 2001 and was a fulltime starter from that point on. As a junior in 2003, he finished with 75 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. He finished his career at Wisconsin with 41-consecutive starts and had another impressively productive season as a senior in 2004, finishing with 42 total tackles, 11.5 TFL, six sacks and one INT, despite facing nearly constant double-team attention. Hawthorne is a "boom-or-bust" prospect. He is a powerful defensive tackle prospect with great size, good strength and above average quickness.
Crowder was only a sophomore but he is eligible for the 2005 draft because he took a year off after graduating from high school to rehabilitate a knee injury. Crowder completed his career with 179 tackles, 13.5 of which were for a loss. He also had two sacks, recovered three fumbles, forced two fumbles and had one interception. In 2003, he led the nation in tackles by a freshman with 106. In 2004, Crowder played in nine games and finished third on the squad in tackles with 73. He has had trouble staying healthy -- knee injury in high school and arch injury that cost him playing time in 2004.
Britt Has a massive frame and the room to continue to get bigger. He is a consistent player with good toughness, competitiveness and leadership skills. Is an extremely hard worker on and off the field. Is passionate about the game and will continue to work to improve. He is one of the best run-blocking OT's in this class and he can only improve with added bulk. He has adequate initial quickness coming out of his stance as a run blocker. He takes excellent angles, is almost always in very good position, and shows explosive initial pop. He has strong arms and does a very good job of locking on and driving through his blocks. Plays with a mean streak and gives a great effort when working to sustain. He has a terrific wingspan in pass pro. Has adequate quickness in his pass pro set. Plays with good leverage and balance. Has long and strong arms to keep separation. Does a good job of sustaining in pass pro once he has locked on.