The New Orleans Saints are worried about winning the NFC South and beating the Panthers this Sunday, but it’s never too early to take a look at who the Saints might be interested in drafting in 2014. And wide receiver, Anthony Dean Jr. from Southwest Minnesota State could be a perfect addition either in Day 3 or as a UDFA to make a difference on the Saints’ roster.
Now wide receiver may not look like a team need now, but Robert Meachum and Joseph Morgan are set to be free agents next season. On top of the coin you’re going to pay Jimmy Graham in a contract extension.
Kenny Stills has filled in nicely as a receiver to stretch the defense, but the Saints lack depth in that department even if Joseph Morgan comes back.
This is where Anthony Dean Jr. comes in, because he has the size, ball skills and speed, the New Orleans Saints could use as a virtual clone of say a Devery Henderson.
Dean also caught 48 passes for 1,010 yards and 18 touchdowns this season earning Second-Team All-Region honors. And put up a huge performance against Sioux Falls with 11 catches for 308 yards and 4 touchdowns.
At 6’2, 200 pounds and a 4.43, 40-yard dash, Dean has all the measurables of a Saints’ receiver. They like their receivers with length and speed, traits Dean Jr. has a lot of.
Plus Anthony Dean Jr. has shown an interest in being a New Orleans Saint if they’ll give him a shot. My interview with Dean is at the 41 minute mark below.
You can check out actual games of Dean here on the Mustangs website to do your own self-scouting. The bottom-line is Anthony Dean Jr. is a wide receiver the Saints and every NFL team needs to pay attention too.
He has the physical tools and polished skills to become a significant contributor in the NFL.
James Cobern is a Division Leader and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @Jmcobern1