As we watched some of last night’s football game between the Colts and Jets my son and I traded banter about the 2014 NFL draft and how badly the Saints fared in talent evaluation from 2010 to 2014 with 2014 being the apex of the bad talent evaluation.
To set things up conventional wisdom at the time held that the Saints needed help at wide receiver and on defense in the secondary and at linebacker. We traded our first round and third round picks to the Arizona Cardinal and took wide receiver Brandin Cooks. We also signed safety Jairus Byrd to a high dollar free agent contract.
With the Saints first round pick Arizona drafted safety Deone Bucannon, who has since started every game for the Cards. In the third round, one pick before the New Orleans pick that was traded, the Colts took Wide Receiver Donte Moncrief, an Ole Miss guy the Saints scouting department should have been very aware of due to proximity. Last night Moncrief snagged 7 catches for the Colts for over 120 yards in a losing effort against the Jets. The Colts eased Moncrief in last year as they still had Reggie Wayne so Moncrief played the three receiver for only part of last year. How does his career stats compare to Brandin Cooks to this point?
- Moncrief – 45 receptions for 612 yards and five career touchdowns.
- Cooks – 62 receptions for 661 yards and three career touchdowns.
At 6’2″, 220 Moncrief has the much higher career arch in my opinion as the three inch and thirty pound weight difference makes more of a difference long term in the NFL than the tenth of a second Cooks is faster than Moncrief in the 40 yard dash.
All this leaves out the fact there were also quality defenders and wide receivers to be had in the first and second rounds beyond the now departed Stanley Jean Baptiste. While we looked to have snagged some keepers in the 2015 draft we still do not have a safety and we’re missing at least one wide receiver to compliment Cooks. Had the Saints drafted better in the very deep 2014 NFL draft we’d have at least one more and likely two more players to show for the pick we gave up plus the second round selection we squandered on Baptiste.
Its going to be a long NFL season this year for the Saints faithful.