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Saints' pick could signal Sharper exit

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Verizon Draft Analysis: Patrick Robinson (0:54)

Herm Edwards breaks down the Saints' first-round draft pick Patrick Robinson (0:54)

Looks like there will be some ripples on Lake Pontchartrain tonight.

The New Orleans Saints used the final pick of the first round to draft cornerback Patrick Robinson and that’s just the first splash. Think about it. You don’t use a first-round pick on a cornerback unless you think pretty highly of him.

And you sure don’t draft a cornerback in the first round for the second straight year, unless you think one of them won’t be a cornerback much longer. There’s a reason why the Saints have been letting veteran safety Darren Sharper hang out there as a free agent. The reason just became apparent.

This move clears the way for a move by Malcolm Jenkins, last year’s first-round pick, to safety. Jenkins came into the league with all the tools (mainly size) to play safety, but the Saints wanted to give him a look at cornerback first. Jenkins didn’t bomb as a corner. In the meantime, the Saints found out Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer are very good corners and there wasn’t a starting job for Jenkins available immediately.

Now, there is. It’s at free safety. Jenkins can slide over there and the Saints can develop Robinson as a nickel back. Sharper? Well, I’m not totally ruling out the possibility of him returning. But he has a lot less value to the Saints than he did before this draft started.