The Saints could target three specific positions in the later rounds of the draft, a part of the draft were New Orleans has done well under Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis. The fourth round has produced offensive linemen Jahri Evans and Jermon Bushrod; the Saints tabbed offensive lineman Carl Nicks in the fifth round in 2008; and wide receiver Marques Colston was selected in the 7th round back in 2006.
The Saints still have a need at center, and perhaps some depth needs along the offensive line, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them draft another WR. Here are a few names to keep an eye on today.
Offensive Tackle, Cornelius Lucas (Kansas State) He’s 6’8 330 lbs and the Saints love his size.
Cornerback, Pierre Desir (Lindenwood) Several mock drafts had Desir going in the third round, and if he’s there in the fourth round for the Saints, he would be a great value selection. You can never have enough long corners.
Wide Receiver, Brandon Coleman (Rutgers) One NFL scout told me he’s a logical fit for New Orelans as the potential replacement for Marques Colston.
Center, Bryan Stork (FSU) The Saints have an obvious need at Center and visited a while with Stork at the Senior Bowl. However, I still think former Saints center Jonathan Goodwin is back in play now. If the Saints don’t nab their center, I would expect Goodwin to potentially land back with New Orleans.
Sean Payton said yesterday before they selected cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, the team had discussions about LSU RB Jeremy Hill and Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde. That leads me to believe they could target a running back today. Keep an eye Devonta Freeman (FSU).
Lousiana Tech DT Justin Ellis is another intriguing name to watch today. Several mock drafts had him going in the third round. Ellis could land in New Orleans. The Saints worked him out privately at his Pro Day this spring and defensive line coach Bill Johnson is from the Monroe area, where Ellis is from.
The first round has the drama and big names, but I love this part of the draft. Who’s going to be the next Richard Sherman? Marques Colston? Does this class have a Tom Brady in the 6th round? The foundation of a championship team is built in the first round, but the load-bearing walls are finished on day three.