If there is anyone in the 2015 NFL Draft that the New Orleans Saints should move up to grab it is University of Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota would not be a bad pick either however he needs to hold a clipboard and learn from the best in Drew Brees and head Coach Sean Payton. Most of you already know that Amari Cooper was the go to guy for the Crimson Tide. He put up some phenomenal numbers during his time in the SEC. Could you imagine Brandin Cooks on one side and Amari Cooper on the other along with Marques Colston?
The possibilities of this tandem would be endless. If he is successful Cooper would definitely be that dynamic threat at the wide receiver position that the Saints have not had in years. Marques Colston is okay but he’s not Calvin Johnson or Dez Bryant. There have been all kinds of rumors going around about the Saints drafting players at positions ranging from defensive ends to quarterbacks. The truth is no one will know until the actual draft day and the Saints make their first selection at number 13.
According to NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay he has projected that West Virginia wide receiver has supplanted Cooper as the top wide out in the 2015 NFL Draft. McShay’s reason for Cooper’s drop in the draft is that White ran a 4.35 (40 time) to go along with an impressive combine performance in Indianapolis back in February. Most of you already know that 40 times don’t actually mean anything when it comes to the long term success of a wide receiver in the National Football League.
On top of that the Oakland Raiders are prone to drafting wide receivers for their impressive (40 times) at the NFL Combine. The Raiders possible selection of Kevin White shows you that they have not shifted from their mismanagement of utilizing the draft. However from what the draft experts are saying Kevin White will be a dynamic talent in the National Football League. The problem is will Derek Carr be able to get him the ball like Drew Brees can to possibly Amari Cooper? The chances are slim to none. Brees is on a whole nother level than Carr right now.
We all know about the Saints needs on the defensive side of the ball however if Cooper is still sitting there at 13 will Sean Payton be tempted to draft him or trade up with the Rams and move up to the 10th spot where Cooper is expected to be drafted at according to McShay? Right now it’s a dicey situation in regards to the Saints making a move to select Cooper if that’s what their plans are. You must remember that they still have a draft pick at 31 which resulted from the Jimmy Graham trade with Seattle last month. They can still draft stud on the defensive side of the ball in the later rounds of the draft as well.
Sean Payton is noted for finding gems in the later rounds of the draft however those gems have benefited the offensive side of the ball. It’s now the time to draft someone that can come in and contribute on defense right away. If the Saints revamp their offensive line and draft Amari Cooper and an impressive stud on defense to go along with Cooper then you can pencil in the Saints as the clear cut favorite to win the NFC South. Brees with a decent offensive line and playmakers such as Cooper and Cooks will be a tough out for anyone in the NFC.
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