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https://plus.google.com/113199236018845032368 Kate Papenberg : All You Need Is (Self) Love Today I received a vision from above. It was delivered by not one, but four...
All You Need Is (Self) Love
Today I received a vision from above. It was delivered by not one, but four saints. Yes folks, you heard right:  this little heathen got a special deliver from up  on high . HA!  That's right!   Be jealous !  I'm special! Jesus told me so. But before you go...
All You Need Is (Self) Love
Today I received a vision from above. It was delivered by not one, but four saints. Yes folks, you heard right:  this little heathen got a special deliver from up on high. HA!  That's right!  Be jealous!  I'm special! ...
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https://plus.google.com/110235125002095218190 Maria Angela Grow : Sunday Reflection - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost‏: NUMBERS TELL THE STORY BEYOND: Fr. Richard Voigt ...
Sunday Reflection - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost‏: NUMBERS TELL THE STORY BEYOND:
Fr. Richard Voigt



Who are these 4000 that wandered into a desert place following the Good Shepherd?
Where did they come from and why did they stay without food or drink?  Finally, do 
these numbers mean more than catches the eye?  It was not the intelligent elite of the Jewish community that came out to see, hear and be healed by the Prophet.  No, it was the poor, the sick, the simple of the people who found hope and health in the words and works of our Lord.  

For thee days they remained with Him not eating but listening and experiencing physical and spiritual healing.  How could they concern themselves with anything so trivial as food.  They did not expect to be feed in the wilderness; they only wishes to be at His Side.  For the 3 days represent the teaching of the Trinity and the desire of God (Father, Son and Holy Ghost) to 
repair the breach that sin caused between man and His God.  The number 4 reminds us of the evangelists who wrote down the words that attracted and healed the multitude.  

Our Lord did not limit Himself to the gentile 4000 but includes each of us who will listen to the Words that these four saints passed on to us as a testimony of the love of the Triune God.
Jesus turned to his elite who had witnessed the multiplication of the loaves and fish among the 5000 and asked them to feed the 4000.  But they only had 7 loaves; these loaves represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost which feed each of us in the knowledge that begets eternal desires.

Taking these loaves Our Lord gave thanks and distributed them to his apostles who then gave them to the multitude seated upon the ground indicating their detachment to the things of this world.  
They received heavenly food and are satisfied.  Hence the apostles collected the 7 baskets of fragments.  The fragments of our lives will not be cast off as a waste but rather collected for the glory of God for in our weaknesses God's power will reach its perfection.  

All of this comes about because we have a taste for the word of God expressed in the works of God.  Through our study of the word which exposes the life of the Trinity the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost guide us to the eternal destiny prepared for those who love God.  Our Love of God is the springboard of gifts of the Holy Ghost so often forgotten by the Catholic faithful.  We wallow in the shallowness of life because we fail to get beyond the letter of the Word and hence never taste the 
sweetness of the Spirit.  Take the opportunity and the pleasure to read, reflect and contemplate the  gospel of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John daily.

May you capture the freedom that God's word of Truth possesses and never let governments or human respect enslave you again.
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https://plus.google.com/110235125002095218190 Maria Angela Grow : Sunday Reflection - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost‏: NUMBERS TELL THE STORY BEYOND: Fr. Richard Voigt ...
Sunday Reflection - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost‏: NUMBERS TELL THE STORY BEYOND:
Fr. Richard Voigt



Who are these 4000 that wandered into a desert place following the Good Shepherd?
Where did they come from and why did they stay without food or drink?  Finally, do 
these numbers mean more than catches the eye?  It was not the intelligent elite of the Jewish community that came out to see, hear and be healed by the Prophet.  No, it was the poor, the sick, the simple of the people who found hope and health in the words and works of our Lord.  

For thee days they remained with Him not eating but listening and experiencing physical and spiritual healing.  How could they concern themselves with anything so trivial as food.  They did not expect to be feed in the wilderness; they only wishes to be at His Side.  For the 3 days represent the teaching of the Trinity and the desire of God (Father, Son and Holy Ghost) to 
repair the breach that sin caused between man and His God.  The number 4 reminds us of the evangelists who wrote down the words that attracted and healed the multitude.  

Our Lord did not limit Himself to the gentile 4000 but includes each of us who will listen to the Words that these four saints passed on to us as a testimony of the love of the Triune God.
Jesus turned to his elite who had witnessed the multiplication of the loaves and fish among the 5000 and asked them to feed the 4000.  But they only had 7 loaves; these loaves represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost which feed each of us in the knowledge that begets eternal desires.

Taking these loaves Our Lord gave thanks and distributed them to his apostles who then gave them to the multitude seated upon the ground indicating their detachment to the things of this world.  
They received heavenly food and are satisfied.  Hence the apostles collected the 7 baskets of fragments.  The fragments of our lives will not be cast off as a waste but rather collected for the glory of God for in our weaknesses God's power will reach its perfection.  

All of this comes about because we have a taste for the word of God expressed in the works of God.  Through our study of the word which exposes the life of the Trinity the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost guide us to the eternal destiny prepared for those who love God.  Our Love of God is the springboard of gifts of the Holy Ghost so often forgotten by the Catholic faithful.  We wallow in the shallowness of life because we fail to get beyond the letter of the Word and hence never taste the 
sweetness of the Spirit.  Take the opportunity and the pleasure to read, reflect and contemplate the  gospel of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John daily.

May you capture the freedom that God's word of Truth possesses and never let governments or human respect enslave you again.
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https://plus.google.com/115299987943312492418 Paul Bennett : Fr. Richard Voigt Sunday  Reflection: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost NUMBERS TELL THE STORY BEYOND. ...
Fr. Richard Voigt
Sunday  Reflection: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

NUMBERS TELL THE STORY BEYOND.

Who are these 4000 that wandered into a desert place following the Good Shepherd?
Where did they come from and why did they stay without food or drink?  Finally, do these numbers mean more than catches the eye?  It was not the intelligent elite of the Jewish community that came out to see, hear and be healed by the Prophet.  No, it was the poor, the sick, the simple of the people who found hope and health in the words and 
works of our Lord.  

For thee days they remained with Him not eating but listening and experiencing physical and spiritual healing.  How could they concern themselves with anything so trivial as food.  They did not expect to be feed in the wilderness; they only wishes to be at His Side.  For the 3 days represent the teaching of the Trinity and the desire of God (Father, Son and Holy Ghost) to repair the breach that sin caused between man and His God.  The number 4 reminds us of the evangelists who wrote down the words that attracted and healed the multitude.  

Our Lord did not limit Himself to the gentile 4000 but includes each of us who will listen to the Words that these four saints passed on to us as a testimony of the love of the Triune God. Jesus turned to his elite who had witnessed the multiplication of the loaves and fish among the 5000 and asked them to feed the 4000.  But they only had 7 loaves; these loaves represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost which feed each of us in the knowledge that begets eternal desires.

Taking these loaves Our Lord gave thanks and distributed them to his apostles who then gave them to the multitude seated upon the ground indicating their detachment to the things of this world.  
They received heavenly food and are satisfied.  Hence the apostles collected the 7 baskets of fragments.  The fragments of our lives will not be cast off as a waste but rather collected for the glory of God for in our weaknesses God's power will reach its perfection.  

All of this comes about because we have a taste for the word of God expressed in the works of God.  Through our study of the word which exposes the life of the Trinity the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost guide us to the eternal destiny prepared for those who love God.  Our Love of God is the springboard of gifts of the Holy Ghost so often forgotten by the Catholic faithful.  We wallow in the shallowness of life because we fail to get beyond the letter of the Word and hence never taste the 
sweetness of the Spirit.  Take the opportunity and the pleasure to read, reflect and contemplate the  gospel of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John daily.

May you capture the freedom that God's word of Truth possesses and never let governments or human respect enslave you again.

In the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Fr. Richard Voigt
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Fr. Richard Voigt
Sunday  Reflection: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

NUMBERS TELL THE STORY BEYOND.

Who are these 4000 that wandered into a desert place following the Good Shepherd?
Where did they come from and why did they stay without food or drink?  Finally, do these numbers mean more than catches the eye?  It was not the intelligent elite of the Jewish community that came out to see, hear and be healed by the Prophet.  No, it was the poor, the sick, the simple of the people who found hope and health in the words and 
works of our Lord.  

For thee days they remained with Him not eating but listening and experiencing physical and spiritual healing.  How could they concern themselves with anything so trivial as food.  They did not expect to be feed in the wilderness; they only wishes to be at His Side.  For the 3 days represent the teaching of the Trinity and the desire of God (Father, Son and Holy Ghost) to repair the breach that sin caused between man and His God.  The number 4 reminds us of the evangelists who wrote down the words that attracted and healed the multitude.  

Our Lord did not limit Himself to the gentile 4000 but includes each of us who will listen to the Words that these four saints passed on to us as a testimony of the love of the Triune God. Jesus turned to his elite who had witnessed the multiplication of the loaves and fish among the 5000 and asked them to feed the 4000.  But they only had 7 loaves; these loaves represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost which feed each of us in the knowledge that begets eternal desires.

Taking these loaves Our Lord gave thanks and distributed them to his apostles who then gave them to the multitude seated upon the ground indicating their detachment to the things of this world.  
They received heavenly food and are satisfied.  Hence the apostles collected the 7 baskets of fragments.  The fragments of our lives will not be cast off as a waste but rather collected for the glory of God for in our weaknesses God's power will reach its perfection.  

All of this comes about because we have a taste for the word of God expressed in the works of God.  Through our study of the word which exposes the life of the Trinity the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost guide us to the eternal destiny prepared for those who love God.  Our Love of God is the springboard of gifts of the Holy Ghost so often forgotten by the Catholic faithful.  We wallow in the shallowness of life because we fail to get beyond the letter of the Word and hence never taste the 
sweetness of the Spirit.  Take the opportunity and the pleasure to read, reflect and contemplate the  gospel of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John daily.

May you capture the freedom that God's word of Truth possesses and never let governments or human respect enslave you again.

In the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Fr. Richard Voigt
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https://plus.google.com/115527574060260500314 Siena Heights University : SAINTS EXCEL IN THE CLASSROOM A total of 602 SHU student-athletes earned a cumulative 3.15 grade point...
SAINTS EXCEL IN THE CLASSROOM
A total of 602 SHU student-athletes earned a cumulative 3.15 grade point average during the winter 2015 semester. The women's teams combined for a 3.41 overall GPA, while the men's teams combined for a 2.96 GPA. Leading the way, respectively, were the women's golf team with a 3.79 GPA and the men's bowling team with a 3.28 GPA.
All eleven women's sports teams came in with a GPA above the 3.0 mark, while six men's sports teams achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Four Saints' programs came away with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, including women's golf (3.79), women's cross country (3.61), women's bowling (3.56) and softball (3.55). http://ow.ly/P2I4w
Siena Heights Student Athletes Earn Cumulative GPA of 3.15 in Winter 2015 Semester - Siena Heights
The student-athletes at Siena Heights University earned a cumulative GPA of 3.15 during the winter 2015 semester. As a group, including 602 total student-athletes, the Saints come away with the 3.15 GPA. The women's teams combined for a 3.41 overall GPA while the men's teams combined for a 2.96 ...
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https://plus.google.com/101479653153811204281 Selvaganapathy S : There has been the legend that Thirunavukkarasar, the ardent devotee, as well, one among the four saints...
There has been the legend that Thirunavukkarasar, the ardent devotee, as well, one among the four saints of shaivism wanted to worship Lord Shiva at his own abode, the Kailash. But, after having worshiped lord Shiva at Kalahasti, he had been so tired to reach mount Kailash in time. His body condition was not fit enough, whereas, his mind setting had been so stubborn to worship lord Shiva at Kailash. Lord Shiva had appeared in disguise, as an old monk, and had told Thirunavukkarasar that he wouldn't able to reach Kailash and better he would return safely. But, Thirunavukkarasar was reluctant on his decision that he could however reach Kailash, or otherwise, it could have been better to die. Lord Shiva, after having found his strong will, had appeared in His real form and told Thirunavukkarasar that he could sink in the nearby pond and could emerge from the Surya Pushkarni theertha at Thiruvaiyaru. There he could able to see lord Shiva with goddess Parvathi, as if, in mount Kailash. Thirunavukkarasar had done what lord Shiva had told him and had seen the posture of Lord Shiva, at mount Kailash.
Watch the video: Thiruvaiyaru ~ Aiyarappar (also) Panchanadeeswarar Temple
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Thiruvaiyaru ~ Aiyarappar (also) Panchanadeeswarar Temple. There has been the legend that Thirunavukkarasar, the ardent devotee, as well, one among the four saints of shaivism wanted to worship Lord Shiva at his own abode, the Kailash. But, after having worshiped lord Shiva at Kalahasti, he had been so tired to reach mount Kailash in time. His body condition was not fit enough, whereas, his mind setting had been so stubborn to worship lord Shiva at Kailash. Lord Shiva had appeared in disguise, as an old monk, and had told Thirunavukkarasar that he wouldn't able to reach Kailash and better he would return safely. But, Thirunavukkarasar was reluctant on his decision that he could however reach Kailash, or otherwise, it could have been better to die. Lord Shiva, after having found his strong will, had appeared in His real form and told Thirunavukkarasar that he could sink in the nearby pond and could emerge from the Surya Pushkarni theertha at Thiruvaiyaru. There he could able to see...
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https://plus.google.com/113094560843992107661 Christopher Thomas Villano (Spiritually beautiful) : Four saints in one family? Beatification Process of St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, opens (Rome Reports...
Four saints in one family? Beatification Process of St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, opens (Rome Reports) http://ow.ly/OIiIb
Four saints in one family? Beatification Process of St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, opens
January 29, 2015. If her cause moves forward, Leonie could become the fourth saint in her family.
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https://plus.google.com/105707410041260498894 Church of the Incarnation : Four saints in one family? Beatification Process of St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, opens (Rome Reports...
Four saints in one family? Beatification Process of St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, opens (Rome Reports) http://ow.ly/OIiIb
Four saints in one family? Beatification Process of St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, opens
January 29, 2015. If her cause moves forward, Leonie could become the fourth saint in her family.
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https://plus.google.com/117374016179781404962 Catholic Web Services : Four saints in one family? Beatification Process of St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, opens (Rome Reports...
Four saints in one family? Beatification Process of St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, opens (Rome Reports) http://ow.ly/OIiIb
Four saints in one family? Beatification Process of St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, opens
January 29, 2015. If her cause moves forward, Leonie could become the fourth saint in her family.
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https://plus.google.com/101490033221108462027 Carolina Glenn : We had opportunity to visit the new Four Saints Brewing Company at 218 South Fayetteville Street in ...
We had opportunity to visit the new Four Saints Brewing Company at 218 South Fayetteville Street in Asheboro recently for this newest episode of our NCBeerBuzz! Before we sampled some product, we sat down with founders Joel McClosky and Andrew Deming to hear about their journey into becoming Four Saints and finally getting the taproom open just last month! Four Saints Brewing pays homage to the patron saints of beer, Saint Wenceslaus, Saint Nicholas, Saint Luke and Saint Augustine of Hippo. They’ve become the most recognized patron saints for brewing and beer because of their contributions to and associations with the world’s favorite sudsy beverage. Joel and Andrew hope to carry on this brewing tradition with an eye toward future sainthood, or at least to make some really good beer! Give them a visit in Asheboro!

http://www.ncbeerguys.com/ncbeerbuzz-four-saints-brewing-asheboro/
NCBeerBuzz – Four Saints Brewing, Asheboro
Sponsored by: The Glass Jug 5410 Hwy 55, Suite AF Durham, NC 27713 919-813-0135 We had opportunity to visit the new Four Saints Brewing Company at 218 South Fayetteville Street in Asheboro
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https://plus.google.com/110175769581687909663 Marcos Monteiro : In Middle-Age Rhineland, people used to pray to four saints, the Holy Marshals, when they were sick:...
In Middle-Age Rhineland, people used to pray to four saints, the Holy Marshals, when they were sick:

http://mvmonteiro.wix.com/marcosmonteiro#!Four-Holy-Marshals-A-Soldier-of-God-for-each-Temperament/c11wh/55625dbf0cf2adc1ad5696ca
Four Holy Marshals - A Soldier of God for each Temperament | Marcos Monteiro - Astrology
    People in Rhineland (Western German), during the Middle Ages, used to pray to four Catholic Saints who were regarded as special intercessors and powerful ai...
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https://plus.google.com/106532350377584187801 Northampton Saints Fan App : Four Saints named in England squad to face Barbarians - http://bit.ly/1ceoG1D #NorthamptonSaints
Four Saints named in England squad to face Barbarians - http://bit.ly/1ceoG1D #NorthamptonSaints
Four Saints named in England squad to face Barbarians
Lancaster has named a 24 man squad to face the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday, 31st May. Lee Dickson, who will captain the side, will be joined in the squad by Alex Waller, Gareth Denman and Jon Fisher. “This is an exciting squad with a good mix of young players who have performed well in the Premiership this season, players on the fringes of the World Cup squad and those already selected.” Lancaster commented. “It gives us some valuabl...
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https://plus.google.com/106532350377584187801 Northampton Saints Fan App : FOUR SAINTS NAMED IN ENGLAND SQUAD TO FACE BARBARIANS - http://bit.ly/1ErQh5X #NorthamptonSaints
FOUR SAINTS NAMED IN ENGLAND SQUAD TO FACE BARBARIANS - http://bit.ly/1ErQh5X #NorthamptonSaints
FOUR SAINTS NAMED IN ENGLAND SQUAD TO FACE BARBARIANS
Lancaster has named a 24 man squad to face the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday, 31st May. Lee Dickson, who will captain the side, will be joined in the squad by Alex Waller, Gareth Denman and Jon Fisher. “This is an exciting squad with a good mix of young players who have performed well in the Premiership this season, players on the fringes of the World Cup squad and those already selected.” Lancaster commented. “It gives us some valuabl...
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https://plus.google.com/111088009206591346528 Pastoral Office for Education : Four saints were canonized today! Read about the "secret of the saints." “How do I bear witness to the...
Four saints were canonized today! Read about the "secret of the saints." “How do I bear witness to the risen Christ? How do I abide in him? How do I remain in his love? Am I capable of ‘sowing’ in my family, in my workplace and in my community, the seed of that unity which he has bestowed on us by giving us a share in the life of the Trinity?” Pope Francis asked. http://ow.ly/N5IpU
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https://plus.google.com/117184556343359896433 Ana Ortiz : The Madonna Pechorskye, Icon Depicting Four Saints, The Mother of God Joy for All Who Suffer, Quadripartite...

The Madonna Pechorskye, Icon Depicting Four Saints, The Mother of God Joy for All Who Suffer, Quadripartite Icon. The Transfiguration of Christ, Icon Depicting ...
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https://plus.google.com/104582900159845683033 Lenny Geist : For the NFL fans out there! How & Why Saints Should Acquire a Top 5 Pick: The New Orleans Saints are...
For the NFL fans out there!

How & Why Saints Should Acquire a Top 5 Pick:

The New Orleans Saints are not going to draft Randy Gregory, Dorial Green-Beckham or Marcus Peters.  Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis have made broad, sweeping changes to the culture, atmosphere and locker room leadership this off season with a strong emphasis on professionalism and performance.  Gregory, Green-Beckham and Peters do not exemplify the leadership and maturity Payton and Loomis insist on having inside the Saints facilities, on the practice fields and away from the game.  Therefore, the Saints will not draft any one of these three perceived character risks in this year’s draft.

I believe it’s in the Saints best interests to trade DE Cameron Jordan, DT Broderick Bunkley and SS Rafael Bush – and possibly more – to a team in the top 5 of this year’s draft.  Here’s why.

Jordan is expecting top-end money similar to that of Robert Quinn who received a four-year deal with almost $42M guaranteed with about $66M in potential earnings.  Jordan is making $7M this year as the franchise tag player while his counterpart at RDE, Junior Gallette, is enjoying a four-year agreement that is worth up to $41.5M with about $17M guaranteed.  Various NFL media reporters state Jordan and his agent are in discussions with the Saints about a new long-term deal.  Payton has acknowledged the same.  However, it appears the two sides have a gulf between them in terms of dollars and cents.
As a result, it may be ideal time to get full market value for Jordan while acquiring a high pick for him.

Playing alongside the aforementioned Jordan is the underperforming DT Broderick Bunkley.  With a mere 8 solo  tackles, 9 assists and a whopping zero sacks in 2014, it’s time to cut bait with Bunkley and send him to a team that employs a 4-3 standard base defense…like the Titans, Jaguars or Raiders.  Trading Bunkley would save the Saints $4.5M against the 2016 salary cap, too.  Given Bunkley played for Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio while the two were in Denver together, the Black Hole may be receptive to Bunkley wearing the silver and black as part of its DT rotation.  The Raiders depth chart indicates Shelby Harris is the starting LDE.  Who?  That’s what I said.

Harris has all of one game to his career belt and a pair of tackles. That’s it.  Cameron Jordan would be a massive upgrade for the left defensive end spot.  OLB Sio Moore is the starting weak side linebacker.  This spot needs an upgrade as well.  Charles Woodson is now 65 years old and collecting Social Security.  He’s like old gray (silver?) mare because he ain’t what he used to be.  The Raiders need a younger safety to spell Woodson.

Now we come to SS Rafael Bush.  The Saints have no less than nine (9) safeties on the roster and Bush is unlikely to be a starter given Byrd and Vaccaro as the incumbents.  There was market interest for Bush a year ago before he signed a three-year accord for $3.8M with a fraction guaranteed.  The supply and demand curve for free agent and available safeties in the draft this year is very, very slim.  Trading Rafael Bush frees up $2M in cap space this year.  Bush is not under contract for 2016 and could walk, anyway.

If these three defensive players, all of whom may be able to start for the Titans, Jaguars or Raiders, are not enough to strike a deal in the top 5, I present either LB David Hawthorne or a 6th round pick to sweeten the pot and formalize a mutually beneficial transaction between the Saints and an AFC team.

Hawthorne, an eight-year undrafted veteran out of TCU, will be 30 years old when mini-camp starts next month.  With the addition of Danelle Ellerbe from the Dolphins in the Kenny Stills trade, Hawthorne seems expendable especially if the Saints play more 4-3 fronts to deter the run.  Hawthorne played for Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley while the two were in Seattle a few years ago.  The Jaguars let go LB Geno Hayes and need a pass rushing defensive end, an upgrade at safety and more depth at DT.  Jacksonville could be an ideal trade partner with the Saints.  The Jags also covet a pass rushing specialist (Jordan) and secondary help (Bush).  See the fit?

Further, should the Saints land the #2 overall (Titans), #3 overall (Jaguars) or #4  overall (Raiders) pick in this year’s NFL draft, it opens up a myriad of trade-down options as well as opportunities to acquire the best defensive players in the draft this year.  Notice I used the plural form – players.  Let’s turn loose our imaginations as we’ve all been told many times since kindergarten.  Shall we?

Let’s say the Titans, another team in need of a pass rusher, defensive tackle, inside linebacker and secondary depth, trade the #2 overall pick to the Saints for Jordan, Bunkley, Hawthorne and Bush.  The Titans get three starts and a reserve (Bush) who can play special teams quite capably.  This seems like a fair and reasonable trade given the fact Tennessee may take Leonard Williams or Dante’ Fowler, Jr. with the second pick or trade it for Phillip Rivers.  In either case, the Saints four players seem to make more impact both immediately and long term for the Titans franchise.  Rivers has but a couple of years left in him and Mariota is far from proven.

Likewise, trading the #2 overall to the Browns for the #12 and #19 spots yields two lesser players for the Titans with no better than a 33% chance each would “make it” in the NFL.  Hence, the Saints deal seems attractive.

If Tennessee declines to play nicely, I believe the Jaguars would.  The Jags have some offensive weaponry and can get a skilled WR or RB in the top of the second round to help Bortles and bunch.  However, the Jaguars defense is porous and the four Saints players would all likely start and play significant roles.  If the Jaguars chose to get Jordan to sign a long-term extension and they like what Hawthorne and Bush give them, the Jaguars would be better off with this trade then taking Fowler, Leonard Williams or any other defensive player.  Neither of these guys is a “sure thing” in the NFL.  Most experts like Bill Polian insist there is no such thing as a “sure thing” in the NFL and trading high picks for multiple “proven” players in the NFL is often very sensible and wise.

What do the Saints do with the #2 overall pick, let’s say?  Trade it to the Browns or Jets.  If Cleveland, insist on the #12, #19 and #43 overall.  The Saints may need to throw in that 6th round pick to conclude this exchange.  With these picks, the Saints could look at a draft haul something like this:

#12 Trae Waynes, CB Michigan State
#13 Shane Ray, OLB/DE Missouri
#19 La’el Collins OG/OT LSU
#31 Eddie Goldman, DT Florida State
#43 Denzel Perryman, ILB U-Miami
#44 Jaelen Strong, WR Arizona State

If the Saints get the #3 pick from the Jaguars, they can trade down with the Jets or Bears and pick up an additional second round choice.  This swap (or one with the Raiders) could result in something like this:

#7 Bud Dupree, DE Kentucky
#13 Trae Waynes, CB Michigan State
#31 Cameron Irving, OG/C Florida State
#39 Eli Harold, OLB Virginia
#43 Jordan Phillips, DT Oklahoma

Selections like these would allow Danell Ellerbe to play in the middle with Parys Haralson on the weak side linebacker spot with Harold on the strong.  The other combination depending on draft picks could place Perryman in the middle with Ellerbe on the strong side.  I also sense Brandon Browner could step into the SLB spot given his physical style of play and ability to manhandle big receivers and tight ends at the line of scrimmage.  This would allow Keenan Lewis to play LCB opposite Trae Waynes at RCB.  Let’s not forget DE/OLB Anthony Spencer is in the mix and would complement a 3-man DE rotation as applicable.

Vaulting into the top 5 at the expense of four defensive players and possibly a late-round pick makes sense both on the field and in the accounting ledgers.  The aforementioned trade scenarios free up almost $10M in cap space this year and about $15M next year.

Granted, the additional draft picks will absorb pieces of those amounts.  Nonetheless, the end result would give the Saints younger, faster, and more talented players at several positions who are overall less expensive and more cap friendly in the future.  

If the Saints can pull the trigger in the top 5 in the coming days and enhance the roster appreciably through a plethora of first-round and second-round draft picks, I believe the team’s future is brighter and chances of success in 2015, 2016 and years to come substantially improved.

Naturally, if the Saints do get a top 5 pick and there’s a flurry of activity on draft day, the Saints could trade down twice if not three times in the first round and wind up with 3-4 first round picks AND 3-4 second round picks depending on which players are selected and when by other teams.  Needless to say, shipping Jordan, Bunkley, Bush and Hawthorne disembarks proven defensive talent.  Yet, one must surrender value in order to receive value at this level of professional sports.  Trading this quartet for a premium first makes solid sense.

What happens if the Eagles step into the fray to get Mariota and sit at the 20th pick overall?  Good question.  The Saints could make this potential deal happen, too.  I don’t think the Saints want the oft-injured Sam Bradford in return as part of a package to move from #20 to second (presumably).  What do the Eagles have the Saints could want and use?  A couple of players and draft picks.  Most notably, the Saints could probably use OLB Connor Barwin.  He’s young, highly productive (14.5 sacks last year), and under a reasonable contract for four more years.  He could start at OLB or edge rusher for New Orleans alongside Spencer or a highly-touted rookie.  

The Eagles, for some reason, don’t particularly want 33-year-old road grader of a left guard Evan Mathis.  This guy has been to the last two Pro Bowls for the NFC and is highly acclaimed as a locker room leader and true professional who has worked his craft well to get where he is today.  Even at his age, he’d be a strong left guard option for another 2-3 years.  He and Barwin would be the two starters recouped in an Eagles trade.  Yet, there’s more to the mix.  I’m guessing the Eagles would have to also surrender their #20 overall pick and their second round choice that is #52 overall.  The Saints can still land a solid LB, WR or DL in the latter spot and an opening day starter with the Eagles first-round spot.  

I see abundant opportunities to improve both sides of the ball for the Saints if they’re willing to part ways with Cameron Jordan, Broderick Bunkley, Rafael Bush, David Hawthorne and possibly a late selection in 2015.  They can do just fine if they stay where they are and choose wisely.  However, given the ages, contract situations and abundance of talent and depth in this year’s draft, it makes far more sense to proactively transact players.

The show in Chicago will be a fun one to watch regardless of where the Saints draft and how many times.

In fact, I believe it'll only be a matter of time before someone (ESPN?) starts a FFL that is centered around the NFL Draft.  Eight teams in a league with each owner having four picks in each of the 7 rounds for a total of 28 rookies.  Each rookie is graded for production every week.  Skill players get points for yardage, TDs, and the usual.

As far ask the non skill players, linemen get demerits (points deducted) for penalties, etc.  Number of starts, games played, and total plays on the field during the season are also grading factors that merit points for each applicable player.  At the end of the year, the best "Owner/GM" is declared the winner based on total points his rookies were awarded.  

There's a million-dollar idea someone can run with.  :-)

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