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2019 NFL Draft"Malcolm Brown isn’t going to go down as one of the great New England Patriots of all time Shaquil Barrett Jersey , but if he helps plug the middle for the New Orleans Saints while getting some inside pressure on quarterbacks, then he might be a fan favorite by season’s end.Fans might end up looking at Brown and wondering what might have been had he been on the squad in Minneapolis. Whether it was because of lack of depth or due to injury, the Saints had a need up front on their defense, and they went out and solved it by signing Brown.Considering the draft’s top starting quality interior linemen were all off the draft board when the team finally got to pick a player on day two, I’d say getting a guy like Brown without losing any draft capital is a win.2019 2ND-ROUND DRAFT PICK: C, ERIK MCCOY (TEXAS A&M)Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY SportsThe Saints didn’t have a 2019 first-round draft pick thanks to the trade from which they ended up drafting Marcus Davenport during last year’s selection meeting.After not trading into the first-round, the New Orleans Saints selected Texas A&M center, Erik McCoy.In what would be their only day two pick of the 2019 NFL Draft as well, the Saints got what just about every NFL offensive line coach would want: Options.The team signed Nick Easton in the off-season to replace Max Unger, and now with McCoy the Saints have a tried-and-true best man wins the job while the next man wins another job.New Orleans has given themselves a better shot at getting a solid line in front of Drew Brees and his running backs Matt Gay Jersey , now it’s just a matter of figuring out which players will play in which positions. A good problem to have.BEST DRAFT PICK: S, CHAUNCEY GARDNER-JOHNSON (FLORIDA)Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsChauncey Gardner-Johnson was one of the day three stories which had people most confused. Mainly, they were confused about why he was a day three story at all.All year leading up to the draft, Gardner-Johnson was an early day two guy with some mocks even having him creeping up to the first-round.But then the first and second rounds came and went. People were surprised he was still available in the third-round. It’s the NFL Draft though, so things get weird sometimes.Then the second-day ended, and Gardner-Johnson still didn’t have a team. What? Was there an Instagram video we all missed? A tweet we didn’t read? A test he’d failed? A TMZ story waiting to break? Nothing.We still don’t know. And maybe he just wasn’t as valued as we all thought he would be. At the end of the day, just like with any player, it won’t matter where he was drafted.Gardner-Johnson has the opportunity now to join a team poised to make a Super Bowl run and the Saints have a defense good enough to make the run, but in need of talent enough to find somewhere for a player with his versatility to contribute.Like McCoy, with their second-pick of the entire draft Matt Gay Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , on day three the Saints gained options.BIGGEST REMAINING QUESTION: WHO WILL DREW BREES THROW TO?Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThis may seem like a rhetorical question, but it’s not. Michael Thomas is great and Alvin Kamara can run and catch and do both at the same time. Got it.But can the Saints really continue to rely on these two to carry the load and catch the bullets?In 2018, Brees threw for just under 4,000-yards and completed 364-passes to do it. More than half of those yards and completions went to Kamara and Thomas.The third-highest receiver after those two was a running back who plays in Baltimore now (scroll up if you missed it). Tre’Quan Smith, who I assume is the favorite to be the second-receiver this year, caught 28 passes for 427-yards and five touchdowns. Good numbers, but I feel like he’ll need to nearly double those if he’s going to legitimately draw some attention away from Thomas and Kamara.New Orleans did draft Alize Mack from Notre Dame and he’s got some athletic upside as a tight end if he takes to NFL coaching really well.I know it’s not something Saints fans are likely worried about, but it feels like the team is playing with fire.One misstep or improperly planted foot by either Thomas or Kamara, and this offense is plum out of primary weapons.Check out even more talk about the current state of the New Orleans Saints with Ross Jackson, host of Locked On Saints! Listen in as he joins the Locked On Bucs Podcast for a special post-draft crossover episode! Cites displeasure with No. 93 being issued and feeling disrespected." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesBucs Nation homepageHorizontal - WhiteBucs Nationa Tampa Bay Buccaneers communityFollow Bucs Nation online:Follow Bucs Nation on TwitterFollow Bucs Nation on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchBucs Nation main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBuccaneersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmMcCoy in fact bitter with the Buccaneers after releaseNew 2019 Matt Gay Jersey ,82commentsCites displeasure with No. 93 being issued and feeling disrespected.EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:McCoy in fact bitter with the Buccaneers after releaseTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesThe Gerald McCoy drama seems to continue. But this time, he made himself look bad.The former Buccaneers defensive tackle was on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed on Fox Sports to talk about what he experienced this offseason with Tampa Bay before and after his release. Among the things he said, McCoy ultimately voiced his displeasure with the Buccaneers giving Ndamukong Suh the number 93 he wore while with the Bucs. He adds that the greatest players of the organization get their numbers retired while making reference to his Pro Bowl and All-Pro nods, hence feeling disrespected by the team as he called himself one of the greatest players to ever play the organization. This was after he said he understood the signing because the team had to sign someone to replace a player of his own caliber.Humble McCoy, he was not. Self-righteous McCoy, he was.The veteran defensive tackle let it all out on the show and even discussed what went on behind the scenes (sort of?) of a potential new deal between he and the Buccaneers. 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