From GM gnarlybroncodude : The Saints have had one problem the last couple of years and it has been the defense. The last couple of years offenses have been exploiting the Saints horrific secondary They get lucky with a player that was once thought to be a top 5 pick. With the 13th pick in the draft the Saints select Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins has the size and strength that every coach would love in a cornerback. He is a three-time first-team All Big Ten and two-time All-American. Jenkins could have come out after his junior year and been a top 10 pick but decided to go back to school. As a senior he showed how consistent he could be, practically shutting down every receiver he faced. His senior year he won the Thorpe Award which recognizes the Nations top defensive back. His stock slipped a bit after the combine because of his 40 time which he ran in 4.54. The Saints get an amazing player with Jenkins. If you put on the game tape you will see a Dominate corner that is physical corner that not only has great cover skills but loves to tackle. The Saints will give him a shot at corner and if that does not work out they will have a pro bowl FS in his first year. I think the Saints are extremely lucky to have player of Jenkins caliber fall to them and they get a player that will dramatically help improve their secondary in 2009.
Commish's Thoughts: I have Jenkins rated as one of the top five overall prospects on my board and couldn't agree more with the sentiment expressed by GM GBD: Teams will be lucky (but also likely) to pick up jenkins outside of the top ten. Despite anyone's feelings about Ohio St. in general, Jenkins is durable, versatile and has the "it" factor that you look for in impact players. And as far as the Saints are concerned, he plays defense. 'Nuff said.
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Houston Texans are up next. Still a number of top talents to choose from, including the enigmatic CB Sean Smith, a prospect who has seemed to have held the eye of Texans fans. But Will Predom.Orange feels the same way? We'll find out tomorrow!
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Round 1, Pick #15 Overall