2013 NFL Draft Grades: New Orleans Saints

The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the New Orleans Saints did in this year’s NFL Draft.

Draft Picks

  • (15) Kenny Vaccaro, db, Texas
  • (75) Terron Armstead, ot, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • (82) John Jenkins, nt, Georgia
  • (144) Kenny Stills, wr, Oklahoma
  • (183) Rufus Johnson, lb, Tarleton State.

Best Pick: Terron Armstead, OT/Arkansas-Pine Bluff

When the Saints lost Carl Nicks last offseason, we started to see cracks in a usually stout offensive line. Armstead is one of the best tackle prospects in the draft and should be able to provide Drew Brees with some serious protection moving forward.

Worst Pick: Rufus Johnson, LB/Tarleton State

Again, this doesn’t mean Johnson is the worst pick ever he just sticks out in this class. He could develop into a solid linebacker, but the Saints needed to look at one earlier and refused to do so.

Analysis: Overall this is a solid draft for the Saints. They did what they could with what little they had and it could all turn out well. Vaccaro is just what Rob Ryan was looking for, we’ve discussed Armstead and even a guy like Kenny Stills can be deadly with Drew Brees throwing to him. New Orleans didn’t have much to work with but they did a solid job.

2013 Draft Grade: B-

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