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NFL draft expert loves Saints first three picks

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Metairie, La - Now that the draft is behind us, we know true evaluation of what teams have done won't come for a couple of years, but our expert, the Director of Operations for NFL Scouting Services, Dave-Te Thomas, likes what the saints did, especially early.  The Saints traded their third round pick to move up to get wide receiver Brandin Cooks in the first, then took cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste in the second and in the fourth round, linebacker Khairi Fortt from Cal.

"I look at their first three picks and I love the first three, especially Brandin Cooks because I kept telling people point blank, I said, 'This might be THE best pass catcher in this draft.' The kid can flat out fly.  Pulls the ball in left and right. I love the way he elevates and goes for the ball.  But then I look at that cornerback, oh man, this is what we need in the NFL. The best thing in the NFL, imitation is the greatest form of flattery.  Seattle won the Super Bowl last year and what did they do it with? Big boys at the cornerback position. This is a big, physical guy. Any other year somebody would try to make him a Cover-2 linebacker, that's how physical he hits out there on the field. I like the pick up of Stanley Jean-Baptiste. I say this kid comes in a starts right away for them. I know they went ahead and took Khairi Fortt and they listed him as an outside linebacker but  I think this is a kid if I move him to the middle, this is a kid, he's not only very smart, he's very instinctive on the football field. He has experience at all four of the linebacker spots because they played a lot of 3-4 up there, then they went to the 4-3, but this is a guy if we move to the middle over here, this is a guy at least by his second year is starting for you. If you can walk away in the fourth round with a starter, you're doing good on draft day."

One pick Thomas questioned was offensive lineman Tavon Rooks in the sixth round.. He says the NFL scouting office rated one thousand players and Rooks was rated 979, but the Saints do have a great history with underrated offensive linemen. And Thomas loves a couple of the Saints undrafted free agent signings, such as Rutgers wide receiver Brandon Coleman and Kansas State safety Ty Zimmerman.
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