The New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update Defense Is Improved In Round 3
The New Orleans Saints continued its move to improve the defensive side the ball as the draft moved into the third round Friday night. The New Orleans Saints picked linebacker Martez Wilson and cornerback Johnny Patrick in the third round.
Martez Wilson was projected by some to go in the first or second rounds unless teams went for certain needs versus the best player available. The quarterback run in the first round created this opportunity for the New Orleans Saints although no mock drafts had Martez Wilson being available at this point. Martez Wilson was a first team All Big Ten linebacker in 2010 on the Illinois football team. At 6ft 4in and 250 lbs Martez Wilson will probably compete for a position at outside linebacker for the New Orleans Saints.
Martez Wilson may have dropped because he missed his junior year as a result of a herniated disc in his neck. This however did not slow Martez Wilson down and showing great work ethic he was quicker and more aggressive than he had been during his sophomore year. In 2010, Martez Wilson had 111 tackles and of those 46 were solos along with 4 sacks. Martez Wilson had a good combine and had the fastest time among linebackers, with a 4.49, who attended and was third in the broad jump hitting a mark of 10ft 6in.
If Wilson adds some weight he could even play some defensive end under certain situation. Still the more likely position will be at outside linebacker especially based on the New Orleans Saints current depth chart.
The New Orleans Saints had another pick in the third round and they continued the approach of improving the defense. The New Orleans Saints took Johnny Patrick with the 88th overall pick. The 5-11, 191 lb Johnny Patrick is a cornerback from Louisville. Johnny Patrick has some work to do after a disappointing 40 time at the combine. There were other cornerbacks who had been rated higher by many pundits. There must be something that excited the New Orleans Saints and Jon Gruden seem to agree because he said that Johnny Patrick had the smoothest back peddle he had ever seen. Still Johnny Patrick was an All Big Ten Selection in his senior year with 49 tackles and 5 interceptions.
There were some questions regarding an arrest in 2010 for misdemeanor assault New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said the team had investigated the incident and was satisfied that Johnny Patrick did not have a character issue.
The New Orleans Saints have two picks remaining in the 7th round of the draft on Saturday.