In the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Saints chosen Rutgers security Saquan Hampton, the second security, in name at least, of the day.
When Saints fans, eager to take on the portion of the draft exactly where they’d essentially see some activity, got to their sixth-round choose and saw their group with a center and two safeties to show for all the intense pre-draft perform of the final handful of months, they have been puzzled. However right here they have been, choose 177 fresh off the board. With their choose, the Saints had chosen Saquan Hampton, security, Rutgers.
This absolutely wasn’t the draft they’d been prepping for. They’d been told that the Saints didn’t will need a security for starters. That was causing a tiny confusion because the group seemed to be going security crazy all of a sudden. And because final January, the typical Saints fan had been studying up on the receivers of the 2019 NFL Draft to the point exactly where they could inform you their 40 instances just by providing them a birth city.
Effectively, 1 factor about a Saints draft, you are going to be shocked. In the 2019 NFL Draft, the Saints traded up twice, when for Texas A&M center/guard Erik McCoy and when for Florida security Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. But if your final name is Bell or Williams you have to be feeling a tiny antsy appropriate now, huh?
The picks of McCoy and CGJ have been quite apparent. McCoy will be the team’s center or left guard for a lengthy time. CGJ had no company getting on the boards at choose 105 and Sean Payton just couldn’t support himself. It is like seeing a guy on the street with a $100 bill in his hand, begging an individual to take it and they’re all ignoring him. Who knows he fell, it just wasn’t a year for safeties. So Sean Payton got him like I invest in a sweater for $10 in June.
Saquan Hampton is a tiny extra of a head-scratcher. He’s a fantastic player. Of that, there’s tiny doubt. He missed half of his sophomore and junior years with shoulder injuries but he played a complete campaign as a redshirt senior final year.
Calling him a security does not appear appropriate. He’s got slot written all more than him. At six-foot-1 and 206-pounds, he’s rapidly with a four.48 40 and has some fantastic ball abilities that can be taken benefit of if he’s lined up in the appropriate position in the defense. He also claimed on NFL Network’s Fantastic Morning Football that he was actually seeking forward to functioning as a particular teams player in the NFL.
Searching at the Saints roster, with the addition of CGJ and resigning P.J. Williams on leading of currently possessing Patrick Robinson on the roster, Hampton may be a redundancy? With P.J. probably facing a 3-game suspension for DUI arrest to get started the 2019 season, possibly the Saints are just hedging their bets there. Possibly when choose 177 rolled about, Saquan Hampton was just the ideal player offered according to the Saints large board.
And he was productive when he was on the field at Rutgers. In his senior year, he had 64 total tackles and 3 interceptions, two of which came against Wisconsin. So there does appear to be one thing to perform with.
I’ll say this, seeking at the draft exactly where Saquan Hampton was picked, 30 picks later the Redskins grabbed NC State receiver Kelvin Harmon, a player who had no company falling previous the second round. If Saquan Hampton becomes an additional Natrell Jamerson or Kamrin Moore and Kelvin Harmon is a productive receiver? To the braintrust behind this choice, I only have this to say, “When you least count on it your uppance will come!”