New Orleans Saints ignoring offense in NFL draft a ‘must’ for now

OK, draftniks. How many of your mocks had Thomas Morstead going to the Saints with the No. 164 pick?
What, you didn’t have that fifth-round trade on the big board in your garage?

A Saints draft that started with the entirely predictable pick of defensive back Malcolm Jenkins ended Sunday with the utterly surprising selection of Morstead, the punter from Southern Methodist widely rated as the best leg in the draft but only good enough to earn honorable mention Conference USA last season.
But the selection of Morstead wasn’t the only surprise for the Saints in this year’s meager four-pick lottery.
This was the first time in the Saints’ 43-year draft history that an offensive player wasn’t selected. Even in 1999 when the Saints selected only one player — Ricky Williams — they went offense.
And that it occurred under the direction of offensive mastermind Sean Payton makes the event even more special.

nola.com
4/26/09