The New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update Defense And Offense Addressed In Round 1
The New Orleans Saints may have had two gems fall in their lap in the first round of the draft Thursday night. When the New Orleans Saints looked up a quality defensive lineman in Cameron Jordan was available and they were able to trade up to get a bruising running back.
When the 24th came up the New Orleans Saints saw a run stopping defensive end named Cameron Jordan staring them in the face. Some had expected Cameron Jordan to be chosen in the top 10 picks and certainly in the top 20. Cameron Jordan being available at the 24th spot could not have been expected. The New Orleans Saints had problems with the run in the 2010 – 2011 year and Cameron Jordan is a player who could help in that area. While the New Orleans Saints could not have afforded teams to allow Cameron Jordan to fall to the 24th spot they certainly did not complain when he did.
Cameron Jordan is a physical specimen at 6ft 4in and 287 lbs. This will give the New Orleans Saints something to work with. Cameron Jordan is considered a quality run stopper and could play a strong side defensive end or possibly move to defensive tackle if he grows into that position. Either way Cameron Jordan is a quality pick for the New Orleans Saints. Cameron Jordan’s father, Steve Jordan, played in the NFL so this should help him with some experience about what it takes to be a true professional. The New Orleans Saints chose an elite athlete with plenty of upside.
Then again the New Orleans Saints saw an opportunity four picks later. The New Orleans Saints traded into the first round again by giving up their 2011 2nd round pick and their 2012 1st round pick to get Mark Ingram from Alabama.
Although many people expected that Mark Ingram would be the first running back taken few expected him to last this long. Some had Mark Ingram being picked by the New Orleans Saints but when the opportunity to pick Cameron Jordan came up that seemed improbable if not impossible. So for the New Orleans Saints to be able to address two problem areas was amazing.
Mark Ingram has often been compared to Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith. Mark Ingram’s ability to be effective both in the running and passing games will fit right into the offensive scheme of the New Orleans Saints. Mark Ingram was the first Heisman trophy winner in the storied history of the Crimson Tide.
Mark Ingram set the Alabama single season rushing record in 2009 and helped lead the Alabama football team to a national title. Mark Ingram became the first Alabama running back to be taken in the first round since Shaun Alexander in 2000.
Mark Ingram will certainly fit into the New Orleans Saints offensive scheme as an every down running back. Mark Ingram is considered one of the most polished running backs to come out of the college game in recent history. Mark Ingram has great vision and can run either between the tackles or make defenders miss in the open field. He has the power to run over tacklers and the speed to run away from them. The other important aspect to Mark Ingram’s game is he is an excellent pass blocker.
The addition of Cameron Jordan is not likely to cause anyone on the defensive side of the ball for the New Orleans Saints to be cut. Cameron Jordan will be an addition that will probably not cause a subtraction. Mark Ingram is likely to have a different effect on the New Orleans Saints offensive team.
Pierre Thomas has already signed a long term deal so Reggie Bush has now become an expensive odd man out. While Reggie could stay it would take a reworking of his contract that he will probably not agree to. The best evidence of this is the words of Reggie Bush on his twitter account “It’s been fun New Orleans.”