2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Saints
University of Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro looks to be the complete package. Not only can he lay the wood on a receiver downfield, this true senior can cover like a cornerback.
Vaccaro is an All-American caliber player with above-average size and more than adequate speed. He is at his best in coverage, whether it be man or zone. Very fluid lower half and doesn't need a lot of steps to change direction or accelerate. May not be able to keep up with the best tight ends out there, but he is athletic enough to challenge them by climbing the ladder to make a play on the ball. When in zone coverage, he can get caught flat-footed when peeking at the quarterback's eyes. He is a very disciplined player though and plays with something almost like a sixth sense for feeling what the offense is trying to do.
Great hands, really goes after the ball when in coverage. Near-receiver like skills in his ability to quickly turn, locate the ball, and come down with the turnover. Not a consistently reliable tackler. Looks to make the big, jarring hit rather than wrap up at times. Vaccaro is very willing in run support and should transition nicely when he learns to avoid some of his collision tackles... [Read More
After running the fastest 40-yard dash time for any offensive lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine, UAPB's Terron Armstead is a name to know heading into the draft. He has impressive athleticism and a lean frame, which will need to grow to handle the responsibilities at left tackle.
Armstead was a shot putter in college. He impressed at the East-West Shrine Game and was a late invite to the Senior Bowl. An All-SWAC player the last three seasons. Dominated the Combine, posting great numbers in the vertical jump and broad jump. Added 31 reps on the bench press.
Long athlete with rare movement skills. Raw in his techniques and will need some grooming at the next level. Above-average footwork and decent wingspan. Must learn to extend arms and keep power rushers at bay. Can sometimes allow defenders inside his frame and push him back. Must add strength from top to bottom, currently undersized.
Would be an ideal fit in a zone-blocking scheme which would enable him to move to the point of attack and use momentum to his benefit. Lunges too often instead of using his footwork to get into position.
Armstead is a late second to early third round prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
University of Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins is a big time space eater that can occupy multiple blockers and collapse the pocket through the middle. At 6'3" and 351 lbs., Jenkins has the potential to be a nose tackle in 3-4 schemes and a legitimate two-down 4-3 defensive tackle.
Jenkins flashes his best skills against the run. He can cover two gaps with his girth alone. Average burst off the line and can anchor well, even versus double teams. Technically lacking in some regards, specifically hand combat and hand placement. Must learn to keep his outside arm free more consistently in order to grab hold of the ball-carrier, and part of this technique is establishing position with his feet first.
Pass-rushing is lacking and lacks reliable moves to break blocks. In order to become a more proficient pass blocker, he must sink in with his hips and drive from his feet and through his body more often. He will wear down later in games and tends to lean on players rather than really getting after it. Jenkins has a solid motor though and can play with a nasty attitude when properly motivated.
Jenkins projects as a late-first to mid-second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Kenny Stills has elite speed and enough height to be a serious threat on the outside. Quick twitch athlete. Good hands and body control. Adequate leaping ability and can attack the ball at highest point. Allows the ball into his chest too often. Lean frame. Will need to bulk up. Physically reminds me of DeSean Jackson. Upright runner. Doesn't play as fast on tape. Must learn how to deal with contact and show a willingness to play between the numbers. Father and uncle played in the NFL.... [Read More