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The Saints have a pair of decisions to make on fifth-year options for 2011 draft picks, and they’ve made half of them. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints have picked up the option on defensive end Cam Jordan, locking him in through the 2015 season with a $6.969 million salary. The…
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Who’s No. 2: Archie Manning or Reggie Bush? New Orleans Saints’ best picks by draft slot | Thursday’s Dunc Shot
The New Orleans Saints have the No. 27 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Assuming they don’t trade out of it, it’ll be the third time they’ve drafted in that slot. In 2007, they selected Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem, who started 30 games and caught 25 touchdown passes in five seasons. In their initial season, they selected Houston safety James “Bo” Burris, which at the time represented the first pick of the second round. Burris made four interceptions in three seasons but never developed into a starter. Seven picks after the Saints took Burris, the Detroit Lions selected Hall of Fame defensive back Lem Barney.
Almost by default, Meachem has to be considered the best No. 27 pick in Saints history. For now, he earns the distinction in my rating of the Saints’ top 50 picks by overall draft selection.
Other selections weren’t as easy as the Meachem call.
The toughest ranking was No. 13, where the Saints have made an inordinate number of selections over the years — appropriately, longtime Saints fans would say. Some No. 13s were good (Joe Johnson, Jammal Brown), some OK (Mark Fields, Donte Stallworth) and some downright ugly (Lindsay Scott, Rick Middleton). I went with Johnson simply because of longevity. Both were two-time Pro Bowlers, but Johnson played seven years for the Saints while Brown played just four.
Another interesting decision was No. 2, where Archie Manning and Reggie Bush were the only No. 2 overall selections in club history. Ultimately, it was a pretty easy call to go with Archie.
The Meachem selection is case study in the difficulty of grading drafts. While he indeed was a solid contributor and a key part of the Saints’ prolific offense over the years, he never blossomed into a regular starter. Moreover, he was the only player selected in picks 23-29 who did not earn a Pro Bowl berth in his career. In fact, three wide receivers selected after Meachem — Sidney Rice, Steve Smith and Jacoby Jones — earned Pro Bowl berths. That said, it would be inaccurate to call Meachem a “bust.” But, with the benefit of hindsight, it would he be considered a good pick at No. 27? The answer is subjective.
Jeff Duncan’s ranking of the top Saints’ picks by overall draft slot:1. George Rogers, RB, South Carolina, 1981.2. Archie Manning, QB, Ole Miss, 1971. (Others: Reggie Bush, 2006).3. Chuck Muncie, RB, California, 1976. (Wes Chandler, 1978)4. N/A5. Ricky Williams, RB, Texas, 1999.6. Jim Dombrowski, OT, Virginia, 1986. (Jon Sullivan, 2003)7. Kyle Turley, OT, San Diego State, 1998. (Larry Burton, 1975; Joe Campbell, 1977; Kevin Hardy, 1968; Sedrick Ellis, 2008)8. Willie Roaf, OT, Louisiana Tech, 1993. (Royce Smith, 1972)9. N/A10. Ken Burrough, WR, Texas Southern, 1970. (Chris Naeole, 1997)11. Alex Molden, CB, Oregon, 1996. (Shawn Knight, 1987)12. Stan Brock, OL, Colorado, 1980. (Kurt Schumacher, 1975)13. Joe Johnson, DE, Louisville, 1994 (Rick Middleton, 1973; Lindsay Scott, 1982; Mark Fields, 1995; Donte Stallworth, 2002)14. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas, 2013. (Malcolm Jenkins, 2009)15. *Vaughan Johnson, LB, North Carolina State, 1984.16. N/A17. John Shinners, OG, Xavier, Ohio, 1969.18. Will Smith, DE, Ohio State, 2004.19. Wayne Martin, DE, Arkansas, 1989.20. Irv Smith, TE, Notre Dame, 1993.21. Vaughn Dunbar, RB, Indiana, 1992.22. N/A23. Deuce McAllister, RB, Ole Miss, 2001.24. Cameron Jordan, DE, California, 2011. (Alvin Toles, 1985; Craig Heyward, 1988)25. Charles Grant, DE, Georgia, 2002.26. Les Kelly, FB, Alabama, 1967.27. Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee, 2007.28. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama, 2011.29. Derland Moore, DT, Oklahoma, 1973. (Russell Gary, 1981)30. Brad Edelman, C, Missouri, 1982.31. Dalton Hilliard, RB, LSU, 1986. (Sam Holden, 1971; Willie Hall, 1972)32. Tony Galbreath, RB, Missouri, 1976. (Lee Gross, 1975; Patrick Robinson, 2010)33. Darren Howard, DE, Kansas State, 2000. (James Taylor, 1978; Rob Kelly, 1997)34. Mike Fultz, DT, Nebraska, 1977.35. N/A36. Paul Seal, TE, Michigan, 1974.37. Jon Stinchcomb, OT, Georgia, 2003.38. Steve Korte, OG, Arkansas, 1983. (Reggie Mathis, 1979; Daren Gilbert, 1985)39. Jared Tomich, DE, Nebraska, 1997.40. Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana, 2008. (Lonzell Hill, 1987; Je’Rod, Cherry, 1996; Cameron Cleeland, 1998)41. Dave Waymer, CB, Notre Dame, 1980.42. James “Jumpy” Geathers, Wichita State, 1984. (*Mel Gray, 1982; Wesley Carroll, 1991)43. Roman Harper, S, Alabama, 2006.44. LeCharles Bentley, C, Ohio State, 2002. (Vince Buck, 1990; Mario Bates, 1994; Ray Zellars, 1995)45. Richard Neal, DE, Southern, 1969.46. Robert Massey, CB, North Carolina Central, 1989.47. N/A48. N/A49. N/A50. Devery Henderson, WR, LSU, 2004.
The list shows how good players can be found at nearly every spot in the draft. Consider the following selections the Saints drafted outside the Top 50: 51. Rickey Jackson, LB, Pittsburgh, 1981; 57. Frank Warren, DE, Auburn, 1981; 60. Pat Swilling, LB, Georgia Tech, 1986; 74. Tommy Myers, S, Syracuse, 1972; 86. Morten Andersen, PK, Michigan State, 1982; 95. Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami, Fla., 2011; 97. Joel Hilgenberg, C, Iowa, 1984.
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The New Orleans Saints re-signed veteran receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.
Meachem was a first-round draft selection for the Saints in 2007. He was with the team through the 2011 season, and spent one year with the San Diego Chargers before returning to New Orleans last season.
Now entering his eighth NFL season, the 6-2, 215 pound Meachem has started 33 games with 171 receptions for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns,
Last season, he started five games with 16 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdown. In the playoffs, he caught three passes for 109 yards.
While sources have indicated for the last several months that there could be a new deal coming with Meachem, the Saints are still potentially in the market for a wide receiver after letting veteran Lance Moore go earlier in the spring.
Alongside Meachem, they have Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, Nick Toon, Andy Tanner, Charles Hawkins and Chris Givens on the roster.
Only Colston and Stills were active for the entire season.