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Stanley Jean-Baptiste Faces Pressure To Produce Early


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I'm not expecting SJB to set the world on fire this year,but if he can turn his raw potential into what Rob Ryan thinks he could be...our secondary could be set for years to come.

The battle for the cb spot,opposite Keenan Lewis,should be very interesting!


The most popular position in the 2014 NFL Draft was cornerback and that's not all that surprising when you consider how pass-heavy the league has become.

While there were five players at the position taken in the first round --including one in the top 10 -- NFL Media analyst Curtis Conway thinks it's a second-round selection that will have the biggest impact on the field during the upcoming season.

"I'm going with Stanley Jean-Baptiste," Conway said on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft". "Look at where these guys are playing, in the NFC South. Tampa Bay with Vincent Jackson and, now, Mike Evans as 6-foot-5 wide receivers. Atlanta has Julio Jones as a 6-foot-3, 220 (pound) receiver. Carolina just got Kelvin Benjamin.

"(Jean-Baptiste) is the biggest corner in the draft and has a 41-inch vertical. He is a guy who is going to have an immediate impact on his team."

The Saints were targeting a corner early on in the draft and nabbed Jean-Baptiste with the 58th overall pick. He was Nebraska's top defensive back as a senior and was coveted by a number of teams as he went through the draft process due to his 6-foot-3 frame and impressive vertical jump. Thanks in part to the success of Seattle's "Legion of Boom" secondary, taller cornerbacks seem to be in vogue around the league and it appears Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is now a believer.

New Orleans already beefed up their secondary in the offseason with the free-agent additions of Jarius Byrd and Champ Bailey,but the presence of Jean-Baptiste does give the squad a more imposing presence to help take on those big wide receivers in the division.

"I love the pick of Stanley Jean-Baptiste," NFL Media analyst Charles Davis said. "I love the pick because it's a pick for the division."

As the Saints look to reclaim the division title and make another long playoff run, a lengthy corner such as Jean-Baptiste very well could make the difference on defense if he can get settled in quickly enough as a rookie.

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I also think he will have an impact this year but I don't see him having a lot of pressure on him considering what we bought in this off season.

I think the pressure to produce early will depend on what Bailey has left as a pro.

If Bailey's skills has significantly dropped off...then,I think more pressure will be on SJB.

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I don't see him having a big impact. I don't see the need for it either.

I don't see Bailey starting.

I see Robinson winning the #2

Nickel and dime will be a combo of Bailey SJB and White.

Robinson under Ryans defense should flourish. I'm really excited to see him on the field this year.

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