Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/5/12
Although the 2012 NFL Draft is over, the analyzing is only beginning. Over the rest of this offseason, the next regular season and beyond, each team will be graded, evaluated and analyzed about their selections in the draft and how those selections have fared in the NFL. This article is the first of many of those evaluations, as I grade each of the New Orleans 2012 draft picks.

3.26.89: Akiem Hicks: B
In 2011, Akiem Hicks recorded 42 tackles and eight tackles for loss. Hicks has many positives as he is quick off the snap of the ball, he is able to separate himself from defenders in one-on-one coverage, and he is a physical tackler.

The biggest concern for Hicks will be his ability to play against bigger talent because of the fact that he played two seasons at a community college in California and a smaller school in Canada.

4.27.122: Nick Toon: B
After losing wide receiver Robert Meachem to the San Diego Chargers in free agency, the New Orleans Saints drafted wide receiver Nick Toon from Wisconsin.

Toon had great 2009 and 2011 seasons; however, his 2008 and 2010 seasons were less than spectacular. In 2009 and 2011, Toon recorded a combined 118 receptions, 1,731 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, while in 2008 and 2010 he recorded only 53 receptions, 716 yards and four touchdowns.

Toon is a good athlete but will need to remain consistent to be a consistent target for Drew Brees.

5.27.162: Corey White: C
Corey White did well at the NFL Scouting Combine, being a top performer at his position at the 40-yard dash, the vertical jump and the broad jump.

Coming out of the small school Samford, White will have to prove that he has the ability to transition and play at the next level.

6.9.179: Andrew Tiller: C
For Andrew Tiller to be effective in the NFL, he most continue to develop his skills, including learning to have quicker movements after the snap of the ball, and being more effective in the passing game, especially if blocking for Drew Brees.

7.27.234: Marcel Jones: C
Marcel Jones had a productive career at Nebraska helping Nebraska to be extremely productive in the running game. One issue Jones consistently dealt with at college was injury, so that will be something to watch in his NFL career.

Final Grade:
I give the New Orleans Saints’ a C- as their overall draft grade, because while they addressed some of their team needs, they took risks on drafting smaller school players, and could have drafted better players especially on the offensive line.

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