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John DeShazier: Mickey Loomis says expectations remain the same for Saints in 2018 draft

“We had some good things happen with the class last year thanks to the players themselves and our coaches, and a good job by our scouting staff.
We’ll be able to have an opportunity to get a good player or two in this draft, maybe a few more hopefully.
Different than last year, though, we don’t have five picks in the first three rounds, so we’ll have to be a little more judicious, I think, when it comes right down to it.
“That’s what our scouts, that’s what our personnel department, our coaching staff – everyone who’s involved in this process – is charged with,” Payton said.
The draft is the No.
We saw last year how important, the last couple of years, (the drafts) have been to our team.” Loomis said that most important last year was the fact that the Saints’ picks met the expectations that were established.
That was Year 1, though.
“I think every element is important, and this is one of those,” Loomis said.
It’s a balance and I think that over the years, we’ve done a good job of being able to take the best available player.
But this is another year.”

Indianapolis – The expectation to replicate is real, and welcomed, because it matches the New Orleans Saints’ own beliefs.

Namely, that the 2018 draft class may not become as decorated as the Class of ’17 – which produced Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year, and five starters in a seven-player haul – but that the players drafted will be done so based on the belief that they can fit in and produce.

“We have high expectations for ourselves every year,” Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said Friday, from the annual NFL Scouting Combine. “We had some good things happen with the class last year thanks to the players themselves and our coaches, and a good job by our scouting staff. Obviously, we’re looking to repeat that.

“It’s early, but I think that it’s a good class. We’ll be able to have an opportunity to get a good player or two in this draft, maybe a few more hopefully. Different than last year, though, we don’t have five picks in the first three rounds, so we’ll have to be a little more judicious, I think, when it comes right down to it. We do have more later-round picks that, maybe, we can turn into something good. But I’m encouraged.”

Coach Sean Payton echoed the sentiment.

“That’s what our scouts, that’s what our personnel department, our coaching staff – everyone who’s involved in this process – is charged with,” Payton said. “Regardless of where we’re picking and how many picks, it’s taking advantage of those assets. The draft is the No. 1 way to fortify…

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