Williams said he played basketball in high school, where that leaping ability came in handy.“I dunked on a couple people,” he said.My take: It’s hard to love this pick, since the Saints admittedly needed to use this draft to improve their defense, but they have now used two of their first four picks on offense.Saints love Buckeyes: The Saints are loving the Buckeyes lately in the draft after scoring with receiver Michael Thomas and safety Vonn Bell in Round 2 last year. The Saints have now drafted five Ohio State players during the Sean Payton era, seven since Mickey Loomis became general manager in 2003 and nine dating to the 2000 draft -- all more than any other school.
Lattimore also left the scouting combine early with tightness in his hip flexor, but not before he posted a blazing 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash and impressive numbers in the vertical leap (38.5 inches) and broad jump (11 feet).
He was healthy enough to perform individual drills at Ohio State's pro day.
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And they filled one of them without having to reach.
Plus, their backfield suddenly seems overstuffed after they just signed veteran Adrian Peterson earlier this week to pair with Mark Ingram.
But by the time you reach Round 3, player grades mean even more than trying to fill immediate holes in the starting lineup.But Payton said the Saints had him graded in the top half of Round 1 -- when New Orleans picked, Payton said, there was a clear "gap" between Ramczyk and everyone else on its board -- and every scout in the room graded him as a first-rounder. Foster, Mc Kinley were in play: The Saints came close to making a bigger splash.Payton said they were considering dynamic Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster and UCLA pass-rusher Takkarist Mc Kinley along with Ramczyk.And the Saints will have the luxury of finding a role that fits him since they’re deep at safety now with veterans Kenny Vaccaro and Rafael Bush and last year’s second-round pick, Vonn Bell. As WWL Radio analyst and former Saints running back Deuce Mc Allister said, “He could be what they thought [Jairus] Byrd would be.”High flyer: UConn safety Obi Melifonwu created a ton of buzz at the NFL scouting combine for his leaping ability. Williams’ vertical leap of 43.5 inches was just behind Melifonwu’s 44.0 (and six inches higher than any other safety).Williams also had the third longest broad jump of any safety at 10 feet, nine inches.But the rival Atlanta Falcons traded up to take Mc Kinley at No. Almost a welder: Ramczyk quit football for a year after originally signing with Division II Winona State.