NEW YORK (WVUE) -The first round of the 2014 NFL draft went according to plan where the Saints are concerned.
The Saints traded with the Arizona Cardinals, swapping first round picks from 27 to 20 to grab Brandin Cooks, a wide receiver out of Oregon State.
The Saints also gave Arizona their 3rd Round pick.
The Saints still have their 2nd rounder, two 5th rounders and their 6th to work with in the next 6 rounds.
Fox 8's Sean Fazende predicted Cooks selection in his mock draft saying that "Cooks can give the Saints a different dimension from the slot. Remember, Lance Moore was a precise route runner who was in the right spot at the right time. Cooks is much quicker version of Moore who, if he learns the system quickly can equal the production of some of Moore's best seasons."
Sean's full 7-round mock draft can be read here.
There weren't a whole lot of shockers early. The first Louisiana product off the board was thibadaux native Greg Robinson, who played tackle at Auburn. The St. Louis Rams took him with the 2nd choice overall.
The only LSU player taken early was wide receiver Odell Beckham Junior, who went to the New York Giants at number 12. He is united with fellow Newman high product, quarterback Eli Manning.
Speaking of quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel slid down to the 22nd pick for Cleveland, who traded up with Philadelphia to get him.
Below are the results of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. We'll keep updating the list as teams make their picks.
2014 NFL Draft Results
1. Houston Texans
JADEVEON CLOWNEY, DE
With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select Jadeveon Clowney, a defensive end out of South Carolina.
Most analysts projected Clowney as the top overall pick after his speed and strength sent a helmet flying during his sophomore-season ender against Michigan. His stats dropped off in 2013 however, causing critics to question his motor and other intangible skills.
Clowney will be paired with 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt in the Texans front seven.
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)
GREG ROBINSON, OT
With the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Greg Robinson, OT out of Auburn and a local product from Thibodaux High.
(Via NFL.com) Big, strong, athletic, overpowering left tackle with the raw potential to become a premiere, franchise left tackle. Is only a third-year sophomore and two-year starter and still must improve his hand use, footwork and technique. However, he is undeniably gifted and capable of walking into a starting-left-tackle job in the pros and paving the way in the run game.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
BLAKE BORTLES, QB
(Via NFL.com) Possesses ideal size, athletic ability, intangibles and enough arm strength to develop into an upper-echelon quarterback. Is not yet a franchise quarterback, but has all the physical ingredients to become an outstanding NFL starter and his arrow is very clearly ascending. Warrants top-10 consideration.
4. Buffalo Bills ( from Cleveland Browns for 9th overall pick, 2015 first round and 4th round pick)
SAMMY WATKINS, WR
(Via AP) A game-breaker at Clemson, wide receiver Sammy Watkins is the complete package. Watkins can catch the ball over the middle or stretch a secondary over the top.
5. Oakland Raiders
KHALIL MACK, OLB
(Via NFL.com) A havoc-wreaking rush linebacker with the burst and acceleration to excel as a right defensive end in a "40" front, Mack has demonstrated the instincts, toughness, athletic ability and explosive power to line up at any linebacker position in an even or odd front and factor readily. Is a four-year starter who made an immediate impact upon his arrival and is well primed for the NFL game. Looks every bit the part, comes from a humble, grounded family and offers the full package to become an impact performer in the pros.
6. Atlanta Falcons
JAKE MATTHEWS, OT
(Via NFL.com) Smart, tough, versatile franchise left tackle capable of playing all five positions on the line. Can plug into a starting lineup immediately and will play a long time at a consistently high level. One of the safest picks in the draft, Matthews' best position might even be center.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
MIKE EVANS, WR
(Via NFL.com) A prep hoopster with shooting-guard size, Evans combined with Johnny Manziel to form one of the most dominant quarterback-receiver connections in the nation the last two seasons. He's a big, physical, strong-handed, West Coast possession receiver with playmaking ability who projects as a No. 2 in the pros, where he will make his money as a chain mover and red-zone target.
8. Cleveland Browns (from Minnesota Vikings)
JUSTIN GILBERT, CB
(Via NFL.com) The most talented cover corner in this year's draft class, Gilbert has size, speed and flexibility to blanket receivers at the next level. Also brings impact ability as a kick returner. Is capable of stepping into the starting lineup from Day 1 and playing at a high level if he adheres to a professional approach to the craft. Could stand to improve in run support.
9. Minnesota Vikings ( from Cleveland Browns via Buffalo Bills. Vikings also receive 2014 5th round pick)
ANTHONY BARR, OLB
(Via NFL.com) A highly disruptive, athletic specimen with the pass-rush potential to effortlessly emerge as a double-digit sack producer. Is far from a finished product and his best football is still ahead of him, yet he plays the game with more of an offensive temperament and could require some patience. Is the type of rare athlete that could even contribute as an offensive playmaker once he learns to grasp defensive concepts and the game slows down for him.
10. Detroit Lions
ERIC EBRON, TE
(Via NFL.com) Highly athletic, highly productive "F" tight end loaded with upside and mismatch capability. Possesses the speed, movement skills, hands and run-after-catch skills to emerge as a playmaking weapon in the pros, though has room to continue developing as a blocker.
11. Tennessee Titans
TAYLOR LEWAN, OT
(Via NFL.com) An experienced, finesse left tackle with the length, agility and temperament to hold down a starting job for a long time. Is nuanced in pass protection and would fit best in a slide-lateral movement, bucket-stepping, zone-based blocking scheme. Similar in mold to Patriots 2011 17th overall selection Nate Solder. Outstanding combine performance could elevate his draft status.
12. New York Giants
ODELL BECKHAM JR, WR
(Via NFL.com) Talented, competitive, productive, inconsistent college split end who projects as a big-play receiver in the pros. Offers versatility to toggle between "X," "Z" and slot given his ability to stretch the field and run after the catch. Brings added value as a kick returner.
13. St. Louis Rams
AARON DONALD, DT
(Via NFL.com) Short, scrappy, instinctive, highly productive defensive penetrator who does not look the part, but inspires confidence he can be an exception to the rule. Is the type you root for and has the first-step quickness, athleticism and motor to emerge as a havoc-wreaking three-technique in a fast-flowing 4-3 scheme such as the one deployed in Dallas, Chicago and Tampa Bay. Compares very favorably to (Tampa Bay 1999 15th overall pick) Booger McFarland and is a key building block and classic scheme fit for Tampa 2 teams.
14. Chicago Bears
KYLE FULLER, DB
(Via NFL.com) Narrow-framed, confident, competitive off-man/zone corner with nice length, field speed and awareness. Is capable of contributing early on special teams and in sub packages.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
RYAN SHAZIER, OLB
(Via NFL.com) The Big Ten's leading tackler, Shazier flies around the field and his unique athletic ability stands out. Offers a tremendous combination of speed, tackling and coverage skills to become a playmaker as a run-and-hit 4-3 Will or perhaps a 3-4 weakside 'backer if protected by a block-occupying nose tackle. Value is increased by the fact that he will not have to come off the field.
16. Dallas Cowboys
Zack Martin, OT
(Via NFL.com) Athletic, smart, competitive, dependable college left tackle whose length dictates a move inside, where he has plug-and-play ability in a zone-blocking scheme. One of the cleanest prospects in this year's draft.
17. Baltimore Ravens
C.J. Mosley, ILB
(Via NFL.com) Smart, instinctive, fast-flowing, every-down linebacker capable of manning any position in a "40" front or steering a defense from the weak side in a "30" front, where he starred for a national-championship defense as a junior and carried the Tide as a senior. Has the football temperament, desire and work habits to emerge as a tackling machine in the pros. Has Pro Bowl potential.
18. New York Jets
CALVIN PRYOR, FS
(Via NFL.com) Perhaps the most explosive hitter in this year's crop of safeties, Pryor is a big, physical hammer in the run game, bringing the ability to intimidate and erase. Factor in his instincts and range and Pryor has the ability to start as a rookie.
19. Miami Dolphins
JA'WUAN JAMES, OT
(Via NFL.com) Big, strong, heavy pass protector with good balance, anchor strength and hand use to handle power and speed. Does not affect the run game the same way and almost appears more destined for the left side in the pros. Has instant-starter potential.
20. New Orleans Saints (from Arizona Cardinals, cardinals also receive Saint's 3rd round pick)
BRANDIN COOKS, WR
(Via NFL.com) Short, speedy, nifty-footed receiver who was unaffected by the departure of Steelers 2013 third-rounder Markus Wheaton, establishing himself as a playmaker in his own right by leading the nation with 133 yards per contest as a junior. Projects as a useful slot receiver with run-after-catch ability and some utility as an outside receiver.
21. Green Bay Packers
HA HA CLINTON-DIX, FS
(Via NFL.com) Hype exceeded his performance in Tuscaloosa, but Clinton-Dix offers starter-caliber instincts, range, coverage skills and tackling ability as a free safety. Should be a Day 1 starter.
22. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles, Eagles move to 26th overall and get 3rd round pick)
JOHNNY MANZIEL, QB
(Via NFL.com) A once-in-a-generation, run-around, ad-lib, sandlot-style quarterback who consistently won games playing a brand of fast-paced, jailbreak football that often goes off script and can be difficult both to game plan with and against. Is most comfortable on the move outside the pocket where he can find open throwing lanes and see the field and will command mush rush and extra spy defenders. Has defied the odds and proven to be a great college-system quarterback, but still must prove he is willing to work to be great, adjust his hard-partying, Hollywood lifestyle and be able to inspire his teammates by more than his playmaking ability. Overall character, leadership ability and work habits will define his NFL career.
23. Kansas City Chiefs
DEE FORD, DE
(Via NFL.com) High-motor college left defensive end perhaps suited for a rush linebacker role in the pros. Has added more than 50 pounds to his frame since arriving on campus and has demonstrated the desire, work habits and competitiveness to develop into a productive edge rusher if he can stay healthy and is programmed to go get the quarterback only.
24. Cincinnati Bengals
DARQUEZE DENNARD, DB
(Via NFL.com) Solidly built, athletic, instinctive, press-man cover man who took his game to another level as a senior. Brings intensity, confidence and competitiveness to the corner. Offers size to lock horns with bigger receivers, and has a ceiling as a No. 2 cover man.
25. San Diego Chargers
JASON VERRETT, DB
(Via NFL.com) A tough, scrappy, undersized nickel back with potential to ascend to a No. 2 CB if he can stay in one piece. Is not the physical prototype for the position, but compensates with outstanding athleticism, blazing speed and a tenacious temperament. Is a terrific football player who boasts toughness and competitiveness reminiscent of Cortland Finnegan's.
26. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland Browns via from Indianapolis Colts)
MARCUS SMITH, DE
(Via NFL.com) A high school quarterback turned pass rusher who broke out with 14.5 sacks as a senior (1.12 sacks-per-game average led nation), Smith projects as a pass-rushing, 3-4 right outside linebacker in the pros. Should contribute initially on passing downs and has eventual starter potential as his game becomes more well-rounded.
27. New Orleans Saints
DEONE BUCANNON, SS
(Via NFL.com) Good-sized, athletic, physical safety who stands out as a straight-line striker on tape and sets the tone. Has coverage limitations, but brings aggressiveness and intensity to carve a niche as a downhill box defender and core special-teams player. Must learn to become more assignment sound to maximize his potential. Has some similarities to Tampa Bay FS Dashon Goldson.
28. Carolina Panthers
KELVIN BENJAMIN, WR
(Via NFL.com) A tight end-sized, intimidating, big-play receiver with a rare wingspan, Benjamin has the overall strength, length and wide catching radius that will demand extra coverage be rolled his way. Showed continual improvement, is still growing into the position, and possesses the traits to become a legitimate No. 1 receiver. A very intriguing mismatch weapon with ascending talent.
29. New England Patriots
DOMINIQUE EASLEY, DE
(Via NFL.com) Undersized, explosive, athletic, high-motor three-technique whose junior season was cut short in Week 3 by a knee injury. Injury history will likely affect his draft stock, but when healthy, he shows the ability to disrupt the backfield and pressure the quarterback. Fits best in an aggressive scheme in which he could use his quickness to slant, stunt and shoot gaps. Medical evaluations will determine draft standing.
30. San Francisco 49ers
JIMMIE WARD, SS
(Via NFL.com) Wiry, active, aggressive strong safety at his best playing downhill and reacting to plays in front him, yet possesses the cover skill to range over the top or lock down defenders in the slot. Ability to stay healthy in the future given lack of size and durability is the biggest concern. A very talented football player who could slide a round or two based on size, medical evaluations and attitude. Can contribute immediately at any safety position and positively affect the game if healthy and focused.
31. Denver Broncos
BRADLEY ROBY, CB
(Via NFL.com) Urgent, confident, competitive athlete with an intriguing combination of speed, suddenness, ball skills and tackling ability. Has broad appeal given his scheme versatility, and should be able to contribute readily as nickel slot defender and special-teams contributor. Has a ceiling as a No. 2.
32. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks)
TEDDY BRIDGEWATER, QB
(Via NFL.com) A calculated, football-smart, precision-matchup rhythm passer, Bridgewater would be best suited entering a warm-weather or dome environment such as those most common in the South divisions. Would stand to benefit heavily from operating a short, dink-and-dunk rhythm passing game. Compensates for a lack of elite arm talent and prototype measureables with the intangibles and football intelligence that could elevate the other 52 players around him. Instinctive passer with the laser-beam determination to become a Pro Bowl-caliber passer in the right system.