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Grading the Saints draft

(Source: NFL Communications) (Source: NFL Communications)
NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) -

The New Orleans Saints finished with five draft picks this year, with one getting a lot attention.

The grades are in and it's a mixed bag for the Who Dats. For the most part, the Saints got high grades for rounds one and two, as well as round seven, but it was round four that had some scratching their heads.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS DRAFT PICKS:
1 (12). Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
2 (47). Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
2 (61). Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
4 (120). David Onyemata, DT, Manitoba (Canada)
7 (237). Daniel Lasco, RB, California

NFL.com: B+
Summary: "Onyemata was a worthwhile project player like fellow defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, but they probably took him a round early." 

SB*Nation: C
Summary: On the Saints pick of Onyemata, "He's a raw player who was picked when several known talents were available at defensive tackle."

SI.com: B
Summary: "Manitoba (Canada) defensive tackle David Onyemata is a project, but an interesting athlete." 

ESPN.com: Thumbs Up
Summary: "This was awfully close to a thumbs down, since I don’t like the price the Saints paid by trading up twice and finishing with just five picks. It's a thin class for a team that still has a lot of needs."

Pro Football Focus: B+
Summary: PFF had a different take on day three, "The Saints took two good athletes with their only Day 3 picks, as Onyemata had a great showing at the East-West Shrine Game, finishing with five pressures. Lasco missed most of 2015, but in 2014 his finished 18th in the nation at +14.0 overall."

CBS Sports: B-
Summary: According to CBS Sports, the Saints got the "best of some bad hauls" in the NFC South.

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