The 2014 NFL draft took place over a month ago, but it’s still the most talked about part of the league. Three members of the 2013 Husker football squad were drafted this year, one of which was cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
He was selected in the second round with the No. 58 pick by the New Orleans Saints. Jean-Baptiste was a terrific defensive back for the Cornhuskers, but how will he fare in the Big Easy?
As a diehard Saints fan, I loved the pick at the time, and not just because it was my favorite team drafting a player from my favorite college team. I loved the pick because the Saints only needed a wide receiver on offense, which they took care of in the first round. Once that position was filled, it was all defense from there.
Jean-Baptiste originally played wide receiver, but was converted to defense after his sophomore year. Once he transitioned to corner, it looked like he should have played the position for his entire Husker football career.
He racked up 41 tackles (three for losses), 12 defended passes, four interceptions (one pick six), and one sack during his senior year alone.
The Saints recently acquired Champ Bailey from the Denver Broncos, but Bailey is aging and probably only has a few more seasons left in him. The Saints also have Keenan Lewis who had an incredible season in 2013.
I would imagine the two aforementioned players will get the start at the cornerback position, but Jean-Baptiste will be a great reliever (for his rookie year, anyway). Have him sit behind Bailey and Lewis. He should learn a lot about the position and how to become an elite NFL cornerback.
New Orleans’ defense improved immensely from 2012 to 2013 with the addition of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. I think 2014 will be a fantastic year for the Who Dats as they already have the tools to be successful. Not to mention they’re getting a great rookie in Jean-Baptiste.
He’ll thrive in short order.
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