The Saints look to add more Beef up front

I am operating under the assumption that Danny Shelton is off the board at 13 (if he isn’t we should take him so 3 of these guys would be redundant). Watching the Saints defense play last year left us with many questions, but to me one of the biggest was where’s the beef?!  The Saints […]

20 Dec 1998:  Defensive end Joe Johnson #94 of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Saints 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Laforet  /Allsport

History of the 13th and 31st pick overall

With two picks in the first round, at least currently, the draft process is going to be even more exciting for us as Saints fans than it usually is. As evidenced by how much you’ve already seen out there in the way of mocks, rookie evals, draft boards from this site and many others… this […]


potential Saints picks beyond 13

The pre-draft coverage and our ability to accurately predict who is going to get drafted is half the fun of an otherwise boring off-season. I can pretty much guarantee that there are going to be some things coming from me (and probably other members of thesaintsnation family) that will make you laugh… and shake your […]

METAIRE, LA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Andy Tanner of the New Orleans Saints poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Metairie, Louisiana. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

Saints Offseason Grades – very serious stuff

You know me, I can’t stand going too long without grading something… so here are some grades for the offseason so far: Jimmy Graham: A Give the dude some credit, he gets traded to the Seahawks… after all the “I’m Jimmy” shenanigans. No parting shots at the Saints, no immature public statements. The guy deserves credit […]


Restudying the Saints needs

If you’ve listened to Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton‘s interviews this past week, you’ve gotten brand new insight into where the roster goes from here. I have to say, that’s more candid and useful sound bites than usual from those two. I think Sean Payton is genuine when he says he’s excited about Josh Hill, […]


Saints need speed

Looking towards the draft and to the history of the last few years there is some trend that I noticed: speed! Some of the recent draft picks the Saints have made were speedy guys, and not just a bit speedy, but very very fast. With the arrival of Jeff Ireland that might change, though. However […]


Podcast: Saints make no moves but you should listen anyway!

The Saints took a break from burning their roster to the ground. The boys discuss: Payton and Loomis talking about moves Anthony Spencer visiting moves left to do 2010 Saints Draft disaster Darren Sharper rotting in jail Twitter Questions Ralph gives movie reviews Laptop Drive update PS: Donate and the audio quality stays awesome and […]


Brian’s 3 round mock Draft

At this point I have covered pretty much every candidate that I think is likely and/or relevant for the Saints at 31. Before I attempt to look at some of the guys we might go at from the 31st pick through the second round (beyond that I’m not even going to attempt it) I figured […]

LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 27:  Alvin Dupree #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates after a sack during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Commonwealth Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Who the Mocks have the Saints picking at 13 and 31

Below is a collection of some mock drafts and who they have the Saints picking at 13 and 31. Lots of variability in these mocks which truly suggests that which direction they go is very much in flux. I’m only including select mocks that have happened since the Jimmy Graham trade which is why the […]


So what happened to the 2014 potential Colston?

When in August 2013 the Saints reported to have traded the 2014 7th Round draft pick for Parys Haralson to the 49ers the reactions across the board were: well that could be a good trade, it is only a 7th round pick. I am 100% sure that most of the 49ers fans are now regretting […]

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 09:  tight end Rob Housler #84 of the Arizona Cardinals Tn the sidelines during the preseason NFL game against the Houston Texans at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Texans 32-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Five Free Agents Still Available the Saints Could Target

With most of the top tier guys off the market teams are slowly working towards the bargain basement shopping portion of free agency. In the Saints’ case, something will have to be done to give them the room to land a couple more players. The Jahri Evans contract still needs to be resolved and if/when […]


Receivers to watch out for

I had originally planned for Dupree to be my final draft profile for the 13th overall pick. The only offensive players I had even the slightest intention of highlighting were Scherff and Collins because of the Saints great need for better talent on the interior offensive line. I am now forced to conclude that Mickey […]

IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 2:  Offensive lineman Brandon Scherff #68 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during a break in the action in the third quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 2, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Wisconsin won 28-9. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Saints Nation Mock Draft 2.0

I’m going to do things a little different from my version 1.0. First, I’m going to use the Fanspeak Draft Simulator to go 7 rounds and like NOLA.com I’ll present to you only my Saints picks. Unlike NOLA.com I won’t give you a slideshow (you’re welcome)  and I’m going to give you more information than […]


Dupree…or not Dupree?

I use the word ‘potential’ a lot when I do these profiles (our own Marijn Pessers pointed this out to me). The reason for that is that while I believe we can analyze a players skillset coming out of college, and in some cases can even project production value, at the end of the day […]