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Craig: What the Saints lose without a second-round pick

  • Blog Post by: Mark Craig
  • April 10, 2012 - 4:30 PM

Before @StribDW (BTW, Darrell Waltrip will always be the first DW I think of) and I turn the page to Round 3 in our preview/review of Rounds 2-7, I thought I'd toss out some perspective on what the Saints are losing out on by having their second-round picks this year (59th overall) and next year taken from them as part of their punishment in the bounty scandal (perhaps you've heard about that a few million times).

Here's what the Saints have done with their second-round picks since Sean Payton was hired in 2006:

2011: They traded the 56th overall pick and their first-round pick in 2012 to the Patriots to take Alabama running back Mark Ingram 28th overall.

2010: Selected USC OT Charles Brown.

2009: Traded the 45th overall pick and a fifth-rounder to the Giants for Jeremy Shockey.

2008: Selected CB Tracy Porter 40th overall.

2007: Traded the pick to Detroit for a third-round pick (Usama Young) and a fifth-rounder (David Jonesto).

2006: Selected safety Roman Harper 43rd overall.

So while they weren't docked a first-rounder, the Saints lose a valuable pick that could have produced solid starters such as Harper and Porter or been used to make a splash move like acquiring an Ingram or a Shockey.

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