Among those drafted to the Saints was defensive end Rufus Johnson from Tarleton State, who the team selected first. Payton said, “… he has that physical stature that you are looking for. We feel like he is a guy that can rush the passer really well. So he can line up one of those outside positions and we will see how he develops. You are looking for some traits that stand out and with him clearly that’s the case.”
On Kenny Stills, the wide receiver from Oklahoma who the Saints drafted 10th, Payton said, “he is someone who runs exceptionally well, he is fluid, and then I think at the very beginning of the draft with Kenny Vaccaro, there is a real good background or body of work the way he plays.”
Arkansas-Pine Bluff tackle Terron Armstead, who the Saints selected in round three as their 13th pick, adds to the defense and fits Payton’s preference for stature and athleticism with an impressive skill-set.
Payton mentioned that not only were the Saints looking for size, speed and measurables, but also at how the players will fit in with the team. He said, “I think our players are counting on likely motivated guys- guys who have that in common. I think that that is one of the things you get to find out pretty quickly.”