New Orleans Saints heavy on offensive picks in draft

Michael Tortorich
New Orleans Saints

Despite having last season's top offensive unit and a few holes to fill on defense, the New Orleans Saints chose more offensive players than defensive ones in this year's draft.

With the 32nd pick in the first round, the Saints chose Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson. Although the Saints chose defensive back Malcolm Jenkins in the first round last year, the selection opens up options for the team to experiment with Jenkins at safety and in nickel packages.

In the second round, the Saints chose Southern California offensive tackle Charles Brown. With tackle Jammal Brown's status up in the air, Brown gives the team a young prospect to fill in a potential gap.

New Orleans went with Miami tight end Jimmy Graham in the third round. The former basketball standout gives the Saints a potentially dynamic tandem to go along with starter Jeremy Shockey.

In the fourth round, the Saints plucked a player from their own back yard in LSU defensive tackle Al Woods. Robinson and Woods were the only defensive players the Saints picked up in the draft.

In the fifth round, New Orleans took Boston College center Matt Tennant.

The Saints picked up Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield in the seventh round. With second-string quarterback Mark Brunell unsigned, the Saints look to mold Canfield into a backup to starter Drew Brees.