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Saints Picks...#2, #43,#108,#135,#171,#174,#210#252

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    #2 Reggie Bush RB USC


    Position: RB
    Class: Jr
    School: USC
    Conference: Pacific-10
    Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 201
    40 Time: 4.45

    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter awarded both All-America and All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign. Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year last season when he also won the Heisman Trophy, Doak Walker Award and Walter Camp Award. Rushing numbers last season included 187/1,658/15 with 31/383/2 as a receiver. Averaged 17 yards on 23 kick returns and 9.9 yards on 18 punt returns with an additional score. Sophomore ground totals included 143/908/6 with career-best receiving numbers of 43/509/7. Averaged 15.7 yards on 24 punt returns that season, bringing two back for scores.

    POSITIVES: Electrifying skill player who is a threat to break games open any time he handles the ball. Runs with terrific pad level and displays outstanding vision. Quick-footed, sets defenders up, then freezes them at the point of attack and immediately cuts back against the grain. Has a terrific burst of speed yet at the same time is deceptively strong and does not go down without a fight. Waits for blocks to develop anywhere on the field and does an outstanding job following them. Creates if nothing is available and consistently keeps the play in bounds, picking up extra yardage. Natural receiver who makes the difficult reception in mid-air or the acrobatic catch running full speed. Runs to daylight in the open field.

    NEGATIVES: Not a heavy-duty ball handler who can take a constant pounding. Loses out in battles as a receiver.

    ANALYSIS: While he may not be an every-down back who can handle a full workload, Bush.s versatility and explosiveness projects well to the next level. Can be productive in a variety of ways and is a special prospect -- will impact as a rookie.


    #43 (traded pick #34 to Browns for #43 and Center Jeff Faine)

    Roman Harper S Alabama


    Position: S
    Class: Sr
    School: Alabama
    Conference: Southeastern
    Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 198
    40 Time: 4.62
    Selected by: New Orleans Saints
    Round 2, pick 11 (43 overall)
    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after totals of 69/1/2. Junior numbers were 77/3/1 after career-best 114 tackles as a sophomore.

    POSITIVES: Effective zone safety best facing the action. Instinctive, diagnoses plays and takes good angles to the action. Works to get involved and wraps up tackling. Has a burst of closing speed and is outstanding in run defense.

    NEGATIVES: Marginal ball skills and abilities in man coverage. Only average size/speed numbers.

    ANALYSIS: A steady defender the past three seasons, Harper has starting possibilities as a zone safety in a two-deep system.


    Trade pick #99 to Eagles for picks #108 and #


    OT Jahri Evans Bloomsburg

    Position: OG
    Class: 5Sr
    School: Bloomsburg
    Conference: Pennsylvania
    Ht., Wt.: 6-4.5, 316
    40 Time: 5.3

    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter at right tackle awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign.

    POSITIVES: Powerful college blocker who projects to guard in the NFL. Plays with good pad level, anchors at the point or drives defenders from the action. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action, can slide in space and jolts defenders with good hand punch. Aggressive and opens big holes for the running game.

    NEGATIVES: Lacks playing balance and is constantly on the ground. Seems overweight and marginally conditioned. Not effective off the line of scrimmage.

    ANALYSIS: Possessing outstanding size and playing strength, Evans is a terrific developmental prospect. Needs to take part in an NFL weight training program and refine the details of his game, but could be starting by his second season in the league.



    Rob Ninkovich DE Perdue

    Position: DE
    Class: Jr
    School: Purdue
    Conference: Big Ten
    Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 260
    40 Time: 4.94

    Grading System

    BIO: All-Conference selection as a senior after winning the starting job, totaling 48/17/8. Intercepted two passes and broke up another pair last year.

    POSITIVES: Athletic, playmaking defender coming off a big senior campaign. Goes very hard and chases to get involved in the action. Fast in every direction, displays an array of moves getting off blocks, and effective in space. Plays with good pad level, rarely off his feet and makes plays in pursuit. Wraps up tackling.

    NEGATIVES: Must improve his playing strength, as he.s easily controlled by a single opponent at the point. Has tackles broken. Not overly efficient.

    ANALYSIS: A former reserve, Ninkovich did an outstanding job last year after moving in with the first team. Lacks the size to be an every-down defensive end but showed enough ability to be considered as a rush linebacker.



    WR Mike Hass Oregon State

    Position: WR
    Class: Sr
    School: Oregon State
    Conference: Pacific-10
    Ht., Wt.: 6-0.5, 208
    40 Time: 4.62
    Selected by: New Orleans Saints
    Round 6, pick 2 (171 overall)
    Grading System

    BIO: Former walk-on who started the past three seasons, winning All-Conference honors as a senior and junior. Led the conference in receiving the past two years totaling 90/1,532/6 as a senior after 86/1,379/7 the prior year.

    POSITIVES: Outstanding competitor who consistently comes up big during the important moments of a game. Consistently finds the open space in the defense and always works to make himself an available target. Effectively uses his frame to shield away opponents, adjusts to the errant throw and displays a great sense of timing. High-points the ball over defenders or exposes himself in a crowd for the tough catch. Has consistent and reliable hands. Displays outstanding focus, concentration and always working to make positive plays.

    NEGATIVES: Not a sharp route-runner and must improve his footwork. Marginal playing speed and not a true deep threat.

    ANALYSIS: One of the nation's most reliable receivers, Hass is a tremendous football player who pushes himself on the field. A well-rounded player, he'll be drafted later than his grade warrants yet will be a productive second or third wideout in the NFL.


    #174 (from Packers)

    Bernard (Josh) Lay CB Pittsburg

    Position: CB
    Class: Sr
    School: Pittsburgh
    Conference: Big East
    Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 195
    40 Time: 4.49

    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his junior campaign. Posted 29/3/11 as a senior after 22/3/12 the prior year.

    POSITIVES: Nice-sized cornerback with a developing game. Displays solid awareness, quickly locates the ball and nicely times his defenses. Displays a good break to the ball, fights to defend throws and physical. Engages opponents off the line and supports the run.

    NEGATIVES: Not effective in reverse and quickly comes out of his back pedal. Does a lot of grab tackling. Marginal hands for the interception.

    ANALYSIS: Possessing solid size and an aggressive style, Lay is best backed off the line of scrimmage or in a zone system. Could develop into a starter at the next level if he continues to progress.



    OT Zach Strief Northwestern

    Position: T
    Class: 5Sr
    School: Northwestern
    Conference: Big Ten
    Ht., Wt.: 6-7.5, 330
    40 Time: 5.48
    Selected by: New Orleans Saints
    Round 7, pick 2 (210 overall)
    Grading System

    BIO: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his sophomore campaign.

    POSITIVES: Massive blocker best in a small area. Nasty, always looking for someone to hit and likes to engulf opponents at the point of attack. Strong, knocks opponents from their angle of attack and works to play with knee bend. Patient and effectively uses blocking angles. Alert and keeps his head on a swivel.

    NEGATIVES: Not light on his feet, lumbers about the field and lacks overall blocking range. Bends at the waist, cannot adjust and has difficulty finishing blocks.

    ANALYSIS: A king-sized lineman effective in pass protection, Strief must improve his conditioning and run-blocking skill to have a chance at the next level. Offers potential on the strong side.


    #252 (Compensatory pick)

    WR Marques Colston Hofstra

    Position: WR
    Class: Sr
    School: Hofstra
    Conference: Atlantic Ten
    Ht., Wt.: 6-4.5, 224
    40 Time: 4.55
    Selected by: New Orleans Saints
    Round 7, pick 44 (252 overall)
    Grading System

    BIO: All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 70/975/. Missed the .04 season after leading the team in receiving the prior year with 51/910/7.

    POSITIVES: King-sized wideout whose game significantly progressed last year. Offers the quarterback a big target, gets vertical and out-jumps opponents for the pass. Nicely adjusts to the throw and has reliable hands. Comes back to the ball, makes the reception in stride and looks the pass in. Has a burst of acceleration and displays speed in the open field.

    NEGATIVES: Slows into breaks running routes. Must display better awareness, get past the sticks on third down and consistently catch the ball before he runs up field.

    ANALYSIS: A prospect with outstanding size/speed numbers, Colston has the ability to be a No. 2 receiver in the NFL once he gets adjusted to the speed of the game. An outstanding red-zone target who also flourishes on third-down situations.

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