I wouldn't love the idea of the New Orleans Saints drafting a receiver in Round 1. I'd rather see them find a dynamic athlete that could fit anywhere on their defense. But I wouldn't be surprised one bit to see the Saints use the No. 15 pick on a receiver if he's the highest-rated player on their board. As usual, the Saints have filled their most pressing needs in free agency, allowing them the freedom to draft the best available players. And they could certainly make room for another dynamic young receiver. It looks like they're not planning to bring back veteran backup Devery Henderson at this point. And starters Marques Colston and Lance Moore will both turn 30 this year. In Round 1, two receivers could go off the board among the top 10 or 15 picks - West Virginia's Tavon Austin and Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson. Austin is a smaller, shiftier athlete at 5 feet 9, 174 pounds who would compare most to Saints tailback Darren Sproles. Patterson (6-2, 216) has an enticing combination of speed and physicality. He's somewhat reminiscent of another former Saints first-round pick from Tennessee - Robert Meachem. Either guy would be a fun new toy for Saints Coach Sean Payton to use to create matchup problems for defenses.
Mike Triplett's take on the wide receivers
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Apr 11