Monday, April 30, 2007

Saints pick Meach: Year of the receiver?

The New Orleans Saints drafted Robert Meachem, a game-breaking receiver from Tennessee, with their selection in the first round of Sunday's draft. Coach Sean Payton said it was an easy decision based on what players were available. "When the draft started in the first round, I don't know that we would have said receiver is the direction we were planning to head," Payton said. "It wasn't something we did because defenses were going to change against us next year. I felt like the selection of Meachem really had to do with us thinking, 'Man, this guy's still here.' And he's a guy that we didn't (just) like. We really liked him at receiver. Aside from JaMarcus Russell going to Oakland, and LaRon Landry going to Washington, LSU defender Chase Pittman was snagged by the Cleveland Browns in the 7th round.

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