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Loomis remains confident in Saints’ draft plans

Mickey Loomis AP

The Saints traded this year’s first-round pick during last year’s draft, and lost this year’s second-round pick as punishment for the bounty scandal. But New Orleans G.M. Mickey Loomis remains confident that the Saints are going to draft five players who can contribute this year.

Loomis told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that five picks will be enough to make the Saints better.

We’ve traded picks away before,” he said. “I don’t recall off the top of my head a year where we didn’t have a first- or second-round pick, but look, that has happened before to teams. And we still have five picks — third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh. So that’s five players we can bring in here to help contribute to our team. So we’ve got to do a great job with those five picks and sign some college free agents after the draft that can help us. And look, I think we get more focused, not less, when you’re short at the top of the draft. Because we have to do a good job, and we will do a good job with those mid-round and late-round picks because we have done that in the past.”

Although Loomis’s boss, Saints owner Tom Benson, expressed confidence last week that a deal with Drew Brees would get done soon, Loomis declined to talk about it at all.

“Yeah, listen, I’m not going to discuss Drew,” Loomis said. “The work on his contract — it has been amicable. This isn’t a negotiation in the media. I’m not going to say anything about it.”

Loomis also couldn’t say anything about who the Saints’ coach will be for the first six games of the season. Joe Vitt takes over tomorrow as interim head coach during Sean Payton’s yearlong suspension, but Vitt is suspended for the first six games, and Loomis said no decision has been made about who will fill in for Vitt.

“I know,” Loomis said, “because I’m the one who’s going to make the decision.”

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27 Responses to “Loomis remains confident in Saints’ draft plans”
  1. samapoc says: Apr 15, 2012 7:31 AM

    Whelp, can’t do any worse than Jonathan Sullivan.

  2. charlutes says: Apr 15, 2012 7:32 AM

    Ohhhh so its a good thing you don’t have your first 2 draft picks. me stupid. me believe anything u say.

  3. kingfish4242 says: Apr 15, 2012 7:37 AM

    As far as I’m concerned Broderick Bunkley,Curtis Lofton,and Michael Hawthorne will more than adequately replace the lost two draft picks. Those FA signings were also in the biggest area of need.

    Former Cowboys director of scouting once said Super Bowl teams are built on the drafts 2nd day and the science of drafting starts in the 4th round.

    The Saints under Payton have struck gold with late round picks over the last 5 seasons and I don’t see that changing now. Colston, Jhari Evans,Zack Strief,Carl Nicks,Jimmy Graham were 2nd day picks and have been key contributors to the teams overall success. The only thing that stinks is none are defensive players. Even in the Sb year of 09,the defense wasn’t good. We were aided greatly by turnovers and lots of lucky bounces.

  4. mrbigass says: Apr 15, 2012 7:57 AM

    Translation – “We are in deep doodoo.”

  5. mp42245 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:03 AM

    The Saints have not had a first round draft choice, other than Malcolm Jenkins, be an impact player in 20 years. Look at the last 6 since Payton been there. Bush, gone, Ellis, Meacham, gone, Jenkins, Robinson, yet to prove himself, Jordan and Ingram, same thing.

    Saints bread and butter starts at round 4 and free agency.

  6. biggiesmallsthecondomfilla says: Apr 15, 2012 8:07 AM

    Hey Loomis…..bom bom have a nice dream!

  7. botchedextrapoint says: Apr 15, 2012 8:25 AM

    Translation. It’s bad but we’re still not in as bad a shape as the Raiders

  8. dkeyser says: Apr 15, 2012 8:36 AM

    Now i thought they had 2 fourth round picks because of the Bush trade, then i heard it was 2 sixth round picks, now Loomis is saying just 1 pick in rounds 3-7… Anybody have any clue as to which one of these is correct??

  9. voodoo4409 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:53 AM

    ^^^^hey, jealous saints haters above…kiss my..second SB ring…keep hating while we keep winning and your sorry teams keep losing….lmao…such bottom feeders…

  10. philwauke says: Apr 15, 2012 9:09 AM

    Funny some of the comments on here but he’s serious when he says it. Jahri Evans, Carl Nicks, and Marques Colston were all 5th round or later picks. Also Lance Moore, Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Garrett Hartley were all undrafted and contribute major minutes. So yeah they take the later rounds seriously.

  11. whatigot8 says: Apr 15, 2012 9:16 AM

    Reggie Bush wasn’t an impact player? He led the team in receptions in 2006…

    Will Smith hasn’t been an impact player? He has 60 sacks in the nfl.

    Deuce wasn’t an impact player? Wow

    Willie Roaf, Kyle Turley, Joe Johnson – impact players

  12. chrisritch93 says: Apr 15, 2012 9:28 AM

    Honestly, dont you think all teams are confident they will fill positions with what ever draft picks they have.

  13. purplehayseuss says: Apr 15, 2012 10:38 AM

    . Even in the Sb year of 09,the defense wasn’t good. We were aided greatly by turnovers and lots of lucky bounces.

    ***

    …and dozens of calls from so-called “officials”, not to mention that little coaching gambit that the NFL took the trouble to ask about. “We really have no idea why they were so upset…..all the kids do it, Mom.”

  14. kingfish4242 says: Apr 15, 2012 10:43 AM

    dkeyser says:
    Apr 15, 2012 8:36 AM
    Now i thought they had 2 fourth round picks because of the Bush trade, then i heard it was 2 sixth round picks, now Loomis is saying just 1 pick in rounds 3-7… Anybody have any clue as to which one of these is correct??

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    We didn’t get much. We basically switched places with the Dolphins in round six. We didn’t receive an extra pick,but did get Jonathan Amaya in the trade. We now have the 8th pick in round six instead of the 27th.

  15. sarkodrama says: Apr 15, 2012 10:44 AM

    Soooo many experts
    So much time to waste.
    Why do I waste mine?

  16. mp42245 says: Apr 15, 2012 10:52 AM

    Like I said, the last 20 years. Roaf was in 93. joe Johnson was 94. Turley had on year as an All Pro and was best known for his helmet tossing abilities. Duece was decent, and Reggie’s 60 receptions don’t make him impact player for sure.

  17. kingfish4242 says: Apr 15, 2012 10:53 AM

    ***

    …and dozens of calls from so-called “officials”, not to mention that little coaching gambit that the NFL took the trouble to ask about. “We really have no idea why they were so upset…..all the kids do it, Mom.”

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    You Viking fans really crack me up. Blame Bountygate and the officials all you want,but the main reason the Vikes lost that game was 5 turnovers. Two had nothing to do with the Saints defense either. Peterson fumbled the ball on the Saints 4 yd line without being touched,and Favre throws across the field right to Tracy Porter. That’s a INT you expect out of a rookie,not a Qb with 18 years experience.

    Despite those turnovers,the Vikes most likely win if they didn’t have 12 men in the huddle the play before Favres pick.

    Blaming others for ones misfortune has been a crutch far too long,and it goes beyond the sports teams they cheer for. Instead of looking into the mirror,placing the fault where it really belongs,they take the easy way out and play the victim card.

  18. moagecu says: Apr 15, 2012 11:04 AM

    @voodoo you have two super bowl rings? What position were you on the saints in 2009? And when did you get your second?

  19. kingfish4242 says: Apr 15, 2012 11:16 AM

    whatigot8 says:
    Apr 15, 2012 9:16 AM
    Reggie Bush wasn’t an impact player? He led the team in receptions in 2006…

    Will Smith hasn’t been an impact player? He has 60 sacks in the nfl.

    Deuce wasn’t an impact player? Wow

    Willie Roaf, Kyle Turley, Joe Johnson – impact players.

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    Good post. I believe Mp made his comment off the cuff and had forgotten about key players like Hall of Famer Willie Roaf.

    I was also a huge fan of Reggie Bush during his time in Nola. What he brought to the team often didn”t show up in the stats. When he lined up as a slot receiver, it created mismatches in other areas that Brees could exploit. Corners would cheat up and Colston got a lot of TD’s due to being single covered by a safety. You couldn’t see it on TV,but at the game,you could see the entire secondary and Lb’s shift to account for his threat in the passing game.

    That said, signing Darren Sproles was a coup and more than an adequate replacement. In fact, he was better overall.

  20. kingfish4242 says: Apr 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    mrbigass says:
    Apr 15, 2012 7:57 AM
    Translation – “We are in deep doodoo.”

    11 29

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    It’s deep doodo about 25 other teams would like to be in. Opposing fans are talking big now,but I guarantee you they aren’t writing down the Saints games as automatic wins ;)

  21. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    @ purplehayseuss

    There really must be nothing to do in Minnesota for y’all to be still crying over a game your team lost. Blame it on the refs blame it on bounty gate blame it on GW but don’t blame it on 5 turnovers, Farves pick or the 12 man penalty. It’s extremely delusional and depressing.

  22. CKL says: Apr 15, 2012 12:00 PM

    Knowing how crafty Payton is, I am now starting to wonder if he had an idea the hammer could be coming and that’s why he traded out of the first round this year. I would bet a lot that the Ginger Hammer would have taken this year’s first rounder.

  23. stevenfbrackett says: Apr 15, 2012 1:24 PM

    Sorry, all I am hearing is “We are lying, cheating, unrepentant, arrogant, ignorant, lowlife scumbags.” That’s all I hear whenever anyone associated with that teams speaks and it will be for many years to come – unless someone in the organization decides to actually not be a lying, cheating, unrepentant, arrogant, ignorant, lowlife scumbag. Signs aren’t looking too good on that front, though.

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 15, 2012 3:39 PM

    @stevenfbrackett says:
    Apr 15, 2012 1:24 PM
    Sorry, all I am hearing is “We are lying, cheating, unrepentant, arrogant, ignorant, lowlife scumbags.” That’s all I hear whenever anyone associated with that teams speaks and it will be for many years to come – unless someone in the organization decides to actually not be a lying, cheating, unrepentant, arrogant, ignorant, lowlife scumbag. Signs aren’t looking too good on that front, though.

    _________
    So in your world, Payton should be a quivering sniffling ball of hot mess crying at the robe and kissing the ring of GODdell right? That would make you happy and make your team competitive and make it easier to bear when your team gets shalacked by the Saints?

    To call what happened “cheating” is a big reach.

  25. kodakinvegas says: Apr 15, 2012 5:19 PM

    Unprofessional, unsportsmanlike, misconduct, collusion, intent to cause bodily harm. Illegal, Interstate RICO violations , thereby also involving Federal Agencies. Known felons involved paying for hits, attempts to cover up and falsification of documenting and obstruction of justice, civilians hindering criminal investigation, income tax evasion maybe. Cheating ? Nah, that would be a “stretch”. LMAO. NOWHERE NEAR OVER BUDDY., NOWHERE. Goodell has covered his rear, but Yours is left bent over, wide open and greased

  26. kingfish4242 says: Apr 15, 2012 6:11 PM

    kodakinvegas says:
    Apr 15, 2012 5:19 PM
    Unprofessional, unsportsmanlike, misconduct, collusion, intent to cause bodily harm. Illegal, Interstate RICO violations , thereby also involving Federal Agencies. Known felons involved paying for hits, attempts to cover up and falsification of documenting and obstruction of justice, civilians hindering criminal investigation, income tax evasion maybe. Cheating ? Nah, that would be a “stretch”. LMAO. NOWHERE NEAR OVER BUDDY., NOWHERE. Goodell has covered his rear, but Yours is left bent over, wide open and greased

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    Yes,it is a stretch. Criminal charges have to be filed by the state against an individual. The NFL can’t be a plaintiff in a criminal charge. Do you actually think a jury from the state where a NFL team is located would convict a player from their team? That’s why ESPN’s legal expert Roger Cossack said it was very unlikely any criminal charges would be filed.

    Bounty payments would also fall under the gift tax laws.Those are chock full of loopholes any tax lawyer would have no trouble beating it in court. The IRS will not get involved either.

    I get the point you hate the Saints,but this is real life and not a hollywood soap opera script. The Saints will take their punishment and move on. Opposing fans should do the same. Stop wishing for Armageddon because it’s not going to happen.

  27. kodakinvegas says: Apr 15, 2012 6:56 PM

    Kingfish, I do not hate the Saints. I rooted for them in that SB, what I jate I’d the cowardly way of going after someone un beknown to them. I’m old fashioned, I believe if you got a problem, fine, let’s work it out, ANY way you want. But don’t wait till I turn my back and take a shot. That’s CHICKEN$hit and YOU know it. Man up, say I’m taking your boy out and see how that flies after 4 qtrs. Furthermore, the FIRST targeted player that signs a warrant is all it’s gonna take. Congress is already looking at the NFL simply for the $$$ add this to it and it’s a PETE ROSE deal NFL style. Already over 500 lawsuits filed on concussions. That’s WHY Goodell is beside himself. Add to that, ALL OF THE ATTENTION. media, lawyers, Senate, Congress, IRS. all of their heads are getting turnrd. Whats all the fuss about? Free enterprise SSSSS that nobody’s tapping I’n on, YET! I’n the city, there’s always a reflection, I’n the woods, there’s always a sound. Somebody’s watching and somebody’s listening. Bet on it

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