Saints mailbag: It's draft time; does that mean it's OK for coaches to lie? _lowres

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton calls out from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. The Saints won 44-23. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)


PHOENIX — Delvin Breaux still remains a mystery to most.

We know the CFL import has talent and drew interest from more than half the league this offseason when he became available. But we won’t get a glimpse of him until the offseason program begins.

So, what should we expect from Breaux? Here’s Sean Payton’s assessment of his new cornerback:

“Kind of an interesting story. A lot of you guys won’t be familiar with it. but we signed a corner from the CFL this offseason. And of course he’s from New Orleans so it’s spelled B-R-E-A-U-X. But he was a high school player, recruited heavily, signed a scholarship with LSU and sustained an injury his senior year, he actually fractured his neck, went through an extensive rehab, wasn’t able to pass a physical three years at LSU, still can’t get an opportunity, then finally he’s cleared and he plays in a semi-pro league, I think locally. Then he’s picked up by the arena team, plays for the Voodoo, gets picked up by a CFL team, goes up, plays in the CFL for two seasons. So he had 15 or 16 tryouts, he had a great workout with us. He has great size, great hands. Just kind of an unusual journey as to how he got where he’s at now. … I like him.

“He, too, is another big corner that I think can play at the line. Of course Stanley Jean-Baptiste we drafted last year. We like this prospect. We knew when we drafted him it was gonna be a developmental player. Am I missing someone now? ‘Twin.’ (Brian Dixon) Yeah, another corner who played quite a bit last year actually, who can run. So we’ve got a good balance of young players and yet some veteran experience. Brandon (Browner is) someone, though, that definitely is gonna be playing at the line of scrimmage. He and Keenan both.”

Will Breaux or someone else within the team’s group of cornerbacks serve as the nickel next season?

“I think, I don’t know, look, when you study Browner last year in New England there’s three cornres on the field in their traditional nickel and they’re just going to their matchups,” Payton said. “Sometimes it might bring him inside, sometimes it brought them outside. It was just how they were going to deploy. But, yeah, I think so. In that group, yes.”