The New Orleans Saints traded up to acquire Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara with the 67th pick of the 2017 NFL draft.
The Saints had to trade back into the second round to nab Kamara by giving up their 2018 2nd round pick and this year’s 7th round pick to the San Francisco 49ers. Sean Payton has a specific vision for Kamara who will join Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson in the backfield. The Saints conducted a private workout for Kamara during the draft process. Payton envisions Kamara as a Reggie Bush/Darren Sproles type of player who can also field kicks. Kamara was one of four team captains selected last spring.
Kamara led the Tennessee Volunteers with 127 yards and two touchdowns, eight catches for 161 yards and another TD, in addition to a 16-yard kick return in a 45-38 double-overtime loss to Texas A&M. The 312 yards represented a single-game record for Tennessee and put Kamara on NFL draft radar.
Let me preface this by saying I don’t follow college football closely at all. I watch a few games every year, but I don’t know any players other than the ones continuously mentioned on TV or social media. This grade is based solely on my knowledge of the game, the Philadelphia Eagles roster pre-draft and my personal opinions on what I think we need to make us a better team… and hopefully a Super Bowl winning team.
I wasn’t as anxious about the 2017 NFL draft as I was in previous years. In fact, this is probably the most calm I’ve felt watching the draft since becoming a football fan. One reason is obviously because we finally have a quarterback in Carson Wentz who is packed with potential and the skills to back up his strong desire to win it all with the Eagles. But also because this is the first time in a long time where I trust the front office and the coach and it was like a huge weight lifted off me when the 14th pick came along and we drafted a defensive end. My thought was Yes! We are finally focusing on defense.
A lot of people on my Twitter feed didn’t really share that same sentiment. They wanted someone that Wentz can throw to or hand off to, something that I agree with but I don’t think running backs or wide receivers are an emergency like having threats in the back field on defense. We have a beastly front four, but corners and safeties we have been inconsistent in and I, for one, thought we were off to a great start in the draft.
I’m the first to admit it. I’m a sap. I feel things too deeply. Because of that, I cry through the NFL Draft every year. Don’t get me wrong – it’s one of my most favorite weekends, and I look forward to it all throughout the winter. But I still cry, watching so many people’s lives change in an instant. It’s so exciting to watch these players achieve something they’ve been working daily for, most likely since they were tiny. And it’s not just their lives that change – it’s their families and their friends, and their future families.
But! This year was different. Almost immediately, I was in too much shock to get too emotional. I know that I’m a rare Chicagoan, choosing the Green Bay Packers as my favorite team over the Chicago Bears. I don’t know exactly how or when this started, but I’ve been a Packers fan for at least 15 years. I don’t wish ANY other teams ill will, especially my home team; that’s one of the best parts about being a Packers fan – we’ve got such a good team that I don’t need to smack talk other teams or players, to make myself feel better about my favorite team. They’re just that good!
Well now that the draft is over, did we address our needs?
In some areas we did. Such as defensive backs on defense. That is an area where we struggled greatly last season. With Jimmy Smith being hurt we had no one else other than Tavon Young who was a rookie in that position and played pretty good. Not as strong as Jimmy though. We picked up Marlon Humphrey from Alabama, a physical corner.
Another area was a pass rusher, with Elvis Dumervil gone we addressed that with the pickup of Tyus Bowser OLB from the University of Houston, he was the #5 edge defender in the run stop. This is an area where we were lacking with only 1 sack of the quarterback the whole season. We also picked up a gem of the 5 stand technique in DE Chris Wormley from the University of Michigan. We also picked up OLB Tim Williams from Alabama who was a third round steal pass rusher.
Under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, the Seattle Seahawks draft strategy has always been about finding players that fit their scheme, no matter where they are ranked.
It was for the draft 5 years ago that I wrote my first article for NFLFemale. I don’t remember the exact title but I believe it was something along the lines of “Who the hell is Bruce Irvin?”.
I wrote about how Seahawks fans were quite confused about the first round pick, but trusted Pete and John to do the right thing. I think most fans agree Irvin, now with the Oakland Raiders, worked out well. In fact the 2012 draft, which also included QB Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, is considered one of Seattle’s best drafts ever.
The New Orleans Saints select Offensive Tackle Ryan Ramczyk with the 32nd pick of the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
What at first was, to me, a ho hum, ever-so-safe pick became more exciting as the night wore on. Coach Sean Payton divulged the grade placed on Ramczyk by the Saints organization. The Saints had Ramczyk slotted in the top tier of the first round at a position they wished to fill. The gap between the Ramczyk grade and other, defensive player grades was sufficient enough to warrant the pick in the first round.
“Our grade on Ryan was at the top half of round one, inside of a grade of 15,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “He was a player graded in the first round by every one of our scouts.” If the Saints had waited until a later round, the draft would not have yielded many promising picks at offensive tackle.
The Saints made it clear they expected to draft an offensive tackle but most analysts (including me) thought they would draft one later given Drew Brees‘ ability to make life relatively easy for an offensive tackle. (Perhaps, the Saints are moving back toward dominant offensive line play reminiscent of the days when they regularly garnered the Madden award for Most Valuable Protectors in 2009 and 2011). Continue reading “Saints Select Offensive Tackle Ryan Ramczyk”→
Hello, my Football Family! It seems like the season is still a long ways away and in all reality….. It is! The good news is that we have made it to NFL Draft Week 2017.
Day 1 of the draft starts on Thursday, April 27th where teams will select their 1st round picks. The Arizona Cardinals have the 13th pick in Round 1 currently but we all know how things can change during the draft. I have narrowed it down to the player that I would be extremely happy about the Cards picking up on Thursday. *Drum roll please* It has to be Texas Tech Quarterback Patrick Mahomes!
There is no surprise that we need a quarterback for the future of this team and I think this kid would fit in perfectly.
New Orleans Saints 2017 Draft kicks off on Thursday. Nothing could be riskier business than Draft Day One where players are chosen who should be starters in their first year.
And the Saints have two such choices. They are looking for two impact players at selections 11 and 32.
Day One Draft Pick #11 – The Saints will select …
Let’s consider what positions the Saints will seek to fill and who will likely be available. Positions: The Saints history has been to select a skill position in the first round. Given this dynamic, I would expect them to lean toward the defensive skill position such as defensive line or defensive back and, perhaps, linebacker. It depends upon who is there.
The following rankings are based on an amalgam of draft analyses:
Would the Saints favor defensive line over defensive back for the 11th selection? Philosophically, I would say “Yes”. An edge rusher is more likely to speed up a quarterback thus making the cornerback’s job easier. A fantastic corner can cover but only cover so long when a quarterback has more time. Therefore, I believe the Saints will tend to favor a defensive lineman first and then draft a cornerback with the 32nd pick. There is a very deep cornerback class in this draft. Given this, I believe the Saints can wait on a cornerback.
Gather round as we look at each week of the New Orleans Saints 2017 Season Schedule.
The Saints will not play a team coming off of a bye week this season.
Week 1: Traveling up to Minnesota will be a good test for the 2017 Saints team. Teddy Bridgewater may not be back as the starter for the Viking which means Sam Bradford will lead the team in week one. The Saints will see alums Tom Johnson and Khai Forbath in action. The Vikings were 8 and 8 last year; falling down in the second half of the season after a promising start. Vikings head coach, Mike Zimmer, is a player’s coach, and his guys will play hard for him. If the Saints round up into a better team defensively, there is every reason to expect they can walk away a winner from this game.
Week 2:New England Patriots visit New Orleans, and it will be the dome coming for Brandin Cooks. Perhaps, there will be a little bit of drama if Malcolm Butler signs with the Saints. Nevertheless, this will be a tough game for the Saints–playing against the Super Bowl champions. It must be remembered, though, each NFC South team will play the Patriots, and if each team loses to New England, the game will be a net neutral game in the advancing in the division. Atlanta Falcons will have a bye week, and then host Miami before traveling to New England to play the Patriots. Carolina Panthers will play them in Foxborough after having played at San Francisco, hosting Buffalo, and hosting the Saints. Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play them at home after playing at Miami, hosting Chicago, playing in Minnesota, and hosting the New York Giants. None of these dynamics bode well for any other NFC South team to win against the Patriots.
FINALLY: Football season is just around the corner!!
Okay, so more like it’s on the other side of town, but with the release of the NFL schedule, we are one step closer to the best time of the year!
Even with the start of the 2017 NFL season being months away, and after literally staring at the Philadelphia Eagles‘ schedule for hours after its release, I think I have a pretty good idea on how it will turn out. I can be totally wrong at the end of the year or I can be a total psychic and be 100% correct. Either way, it won’t matter because every year is our year and I will die before ever admitting, at any given moment, that we are not Super Bowl contenders.
The Philadelphia Eagles start off the season on the road. They head to Washington to play the Redskins and then fly to Kansas City a week later. I’ll be (slightly) realistic and say we go 1-1. It’s always tough to play two straight road games no matter what time of the season, plus with a seasoned head coach in Andy Reid, it can be a grueling game for Doug Pederson coaching against his former boss.