The Saints finally addressed the corner position by trading with the Denver Broncos and drafting cornerback Paulson Adebo from Stanford. The fact that the Saints traded two, third round picks to get Adebo says something about their evaluation of his style of play.
Adebo is a big corner compared to what the Saints are accustomed to, standing at 6’1, 198 pounds and a 4.4 40 yard dash. To go along with his size, Adebo plays with intelligence. His game does need development, so who better to develop under than Kris Richard? HIs size and physicality is what Richard loves from his corners (I.E. Sherman, Browner, Maxwell). To go along with the Kris Richard scheme, Adebo played left corner at Stanford which is the position the Saints need filled. The cherry on top is that Adebo likes planning man and getting physical with the receiver. If he develops the way he should develop, then Adebo will fit in with Richard.
As of now I won’t consider him corner 2, and the Saints front office mentioned that they weren’t done at corner, whether that is addressed in the remaining picks in the draft or free agency. The kid doesn’t even have to start immediately, if the Saints sign a veteran corner they can let Adebo develop his craft for when the spotlight is on him. An overall solid pick and could potentially be a steal.
Stats in two seasons: 97 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 8 interceptions, 27 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble.
Written By Kadin Janisch
Images are used under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976 allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research.
If you own the rights to an image being used and would like it taken down, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will kindly do so.
Related articles here