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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saints pass on power runner, get punter

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

It's become pretty obvious the Saints didn't have Liberty running back Rashad Jennings rated nearly as high as many of us did.

The same can be said for the rest of the league. As the sixth round nears its end, Jennings is still on the board. A lot of people, including myself, thought the Saints might take Jennings with one of their two fourth-round picks.

They didn't and it became totally clear there was no chance of the Saints drafting Jennings when they traded up into the fifth round ... to get a punter. The Saints traded their seventh-round pick and a fifth-round choice in 2010 to the Giants to take Southern Methodist punter Thomas Morstead, even though you could make a pretty good case that the Saints don't need a punter with Glenn Pakulak already on the roster.

Barring any unlikely trade, the Saints are done in this draft because they're out of picks.

The Saints still want to add a power runner, but they're going to have to find it another way. One option is Mike Bell, who already is on the roster, but they're going to be watching to see if a big back becomes available from another team between now and the start of the regular season.