By Daily Journal Wire
The New Orleans Saints made Nick Toon a second-generation NFL wide receiver on Saturday, a move aimed at providing quarterback Drew Brees with another big target to go with receiver Marques Colston and tight end Jimmy Graham.
Soon after drafting the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Toon in the fourth round out of Wisconsin, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt said the team was impressed with Toon’s polish.
“We like the way this guy can run routes right now,” Vitt said. “He’s competitive. He’ll fight you for the ball. He’s a good blocker. He’s in good shape right now. He’s excited to be here, so we’re expecting the best.”
Toon, son of former NFL receiver Al Toon, comes to a Saints team that lost one of its top receivers when Robert Meachem left for San Diego in free agency. Adrian Arrington is expected to be first in line to step into that void as he enters his fifth year as a pro, but Toon, a favorite prospect of Saints wide receivers coach Henry Ellard, could provide some competition.
After taking Toon, the Saints added Samford cornerback Corey White in the fifth round, Syracuse guard Andrew Tiller in the sixth round and Nebraska offensive tackle Marcel Jones in the seventh and final round.
Last season, Toon led the Badgers in receiving with 64 catches for 926 yards and 10 TDs.
Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish was 253rd and final pick of the draft, making him the latest “Mr. Irrelevant.”
Harnish was selected by Indianapolis, which opened the draft by taking Stanford QB Andrew Luck.
Cardinals take Massie
Three state players were selected on the final day of the NFL draft:
* Ole Miss offensive tackle Bobby Massie, considered a possible high selection before the draft began, was picked in the fourth round (112th overall) to the Arizona Cardinals.
“A lot of teams that talked to me and told me they were going to draft me ended up passing,” Massie said. “That’s just how the draft goes. I’m just proud to be in Arizona.”
* Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard went at the end of the fifth round (170th overall) to the Indianapolis Colts.
* MSU safety Charles Mitchell went in the sixth round (192nd overall) to the Atlanta Falcons.