89. DT Akiem Hicks C
Defensive tackle was a need for the Saints and Hicks is a solid prospect, but he’s a bit of a reach and they really needed a pass rusher at defensive tackle. Sedrick Ellis and Brodrick Bunkley are already very good run stuffers. Hicks is not the pass rushing, penetrating defensive tackle they needed.
122. WR Nick Toon A
Toon is a great value in the 4th round as part of a strong and deep wide receiver class. Devery Henderson will be a full time starter in 2012 for the first time in his career with Robert Meachem gone. If he struggles, Toon could step in so they can keep the injury prone Lance Moore in the slot. Worst case, he’s a solid depth 4th receiver and he’s a very good value at this point.
162. S Corey White C-
White was outside of my top 250, which would be fine if this were the 6th or 7th round, or this was a position they actually needed.
179. G Andrew Tiler C+
Copy and paste what I put above only this is 17 picks later so it’s not as bad. I guess White and Tiler will provide depth if they make the roster, but that’s no sure thing.
234. OT Marcel Jones A-
They needed some depth at offensive tackle I guess. This is the right range for Jones.
The Saints didn’t have picks in the first two rounds for differing reasons. They traded their 1st round pick last year along with a 2nd for Mark Ingram, which hasn’t panned out yet, but the jury is still out. They lost their 2nd round pick in BountyGate and I’m going to deduct for that. With only 5 picks, they had to make them count and I don’t think they did that.
The Nick Toon selection was a great one, but that’s about where it ends. Hicks, White, and Tiler are all going to be depth players at best and Hicks, their 3rd rounder, is a similar player to players they already have under contract. The Jones pick was fine, but they may have only ended up with one quality player (Toon) out of the entire draft. This was, all in all, a poor draft, when you factor in everything, BountyGate included.