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5 first round possibilities for the Saints

Steve Geller
April 25, 2018 - 10:34 am
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The Saints surprised the NFC last year by finishing 11-5 and wound up the top dog in the NFC South. A big part of the Black & Gold’s ability to jump back into the CONTENDER conversation was the injection of draft picks who were able to contribute right away. For that reason, I have not even considered a QB for New Orleans in round one.

They were seconds away from a trip to the NFC championship last season and hoping to hit on an heir apparent doesn’t help the team’s quest to get to the Super Bowl today. Here are 5 prospects who have come up in my cone of probability from mock drafts I’ve done that make sense for the Saints at #27.

LB  RASHAAN EVANS – ALABAMA

Evans loves to hit! He’s 6'3, 233lbs. and was quick to diagnose plays when running with the Crimson Tide. His addition to the defense could help in solving a few issues against the run…

The backer played big in Bama’s big games.  In seven playoff contests, Evans racked up 38 tackles, including 6 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH – BOISE STATE

Another linebacking option who can cover running backs and tight ends while also being able to pressure the quarterback is this 6'4, 256lb mean machine…

Vander Esch’s football instincts have been raved about; and he can play any of the LB positions, providing valuable versatility. He also has experience in the kicking game after starting his college career primarily as a special teamer.

CB  JOSH JACKSON – IOWA

The Saints hit big at corner last year with Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore and could look to that position again if Jackson happens to drop to them. The 6'1, 191lbs. playmaker led the nation and tied a school record with eight interceptions as a junior last season…

Opposing QBs went 40-91 with four touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 36.5 rating when targeting him in 2017. Jackson also contributed on special teams, with a blocked field goal and five punt returns.

CB  MIKE HUGHES – UCF

A CB who could really make an impact on special teams is Hughes…

He had 4 interceptions in 2017 with 1 pick six, 2 kick return touchdowns and 1 punt return TD. Hughes may be 5ft10, 189 pounds but is strong and physical enough to hang with any receiver. 

TE DALLAS GOEDERT – SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

Finally some offense. Tight end is a position of need even after the team brought back Benjamin Watson in free agency. Goedert could learn lots from the wise vet, but there are some things you just can’t teach… 

He made 164 catches for 2,404 yards and 18 touchdowns his last 2 seasons in college. Another big bonus is that the 6'5, 236lb tight end is not a terrible blocker, making Goedert a very well rounded player.

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