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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Jennings could be perfect fit for Saints

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Just heard a great interview with Rashad Jennings. The Liberty running back told Sirius NFL Radio that he just returned from a visit with the Saints earlier this week.

With apologies to Beanie Wells, I think Jennings could turn out to be the perfect back for the Saints to draft. I'm not saying Jennings is better than Wells because he's not. But I think Jennings would make a lot more sense if the Saints could get him with a second- or third-round pick.

But that's where the potential problem comes up. The Saints don't have picks in the second or third round at the moment. But that could always change.

Here's a scenario that I'm thinking about that I think would be a best-case situation for the Saints. Even though they probably could draft Wells at No. 14, I say don't do it. Try like heck to trade down in the first round (probably into the 20s) and add a second- or third-round pick.

That way, the Saints could go defense (cornerback, safety, linebacker or defensive tackle) in the first round and still come back and perhaps have a shot at Jennings in the second or third round.

Jennings is the kind of power back the Saints are looking for and would fit nicely in a backfield with Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. Forget any concerns about the level of competition he faced at Liberty.

The guy was good enough to start his career at Pittsburgh. He transferred to Liberty to be close to his parents as his father was dealing with a serious illness.

Sounds like the kind of guy I'd want on my team.