Needs probably still exist within the roster of the New Orleans Saints when the team enters Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL draft Friday afternoon despite drafting Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro in the first round. Coach Sean Payton won’t look at Friday’s session of the draft as filling a need as the team’s top priority, though.
The Saints enter Day 2 of the NFL draft with one pick in the third round, No. 75 overall. New Orleans, of course, lost its second-round pick as a penalty connected to the Saints bounty scandal. Payton said during his Thursday night press conference that staying true to the draft board is a key element to the Saints’ success in the next two days.
“It’s such a long ways away that once again you play close attention to the grade,” Payton said. “I think the mistake often times is well you need this so we’ll just draft this (player). A lot of these guys that are getting selected (Thursday) may not have success or have the success everyone thinks they’re going have tomorrow morning when you get up. You just hope that you’re finding guys that you feel like that are competitive, physical and smart.”
The Saints still hold a few needs regardless of the way the team moves on in the draft. So the Saints could move in numerous directions with their lone pick Friday.
By taking Vaccaro in the first round, the Saints still could look for added competition at outside linebacker as Rob Ryan is implementing a new 3-4 defensive scheme. As of now, the main candidates to play at outside linebacker are Martez Wilson, Junior Galette and newly acquired Victor Butler.
Players with Day 2 grades at outside linebacker via NFLDraftScout.com include Southern Miss’ Jamie Collins, UConn’s Sio Moore, Florida’s Jon Bostic, Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene and Stanford’s Chase Thomas.