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Will the Saints go for a pass rush specialist or speed on the corner?


With the NFL Draft only a day away, the question is will the Saints go offense or defense with their first round pick?

Let's not forget that Saints GM Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton will be making the decisions and that might mean a trade or unusual pick that ends up paying big benefits for the team.

If the Saints do go the defensive route, here are a few names to watch out for, although they may not be available for New Orleans at pick number 27.

CJ Mosley (LB/Alabama): LSU fans know all too well the talent that Mosley possesses on the football field. As a senior Mosley had 108 tackles and won the Butkus Award and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Ryan Shazier (LB/Ohio State): Shazier ranks sixth all-time in school history in career solo tackles (208) and career tackles-for-loss (44.5). As a junior, Shazier was a first-team Associated Press All-American.

Demarcus Lawrence (DE/OLB, Boise State): After his junior season, Lawrence was named to the Named Walter Camp All-America Second Team and first-team All-Mountain West. The DE/LB finished last season with 79 tackles, including 20.5 tackles for loss.

Dee Ford (DE/Auburn): Ford, a first team All-SEC performer, finished last year with 29 tackles and 10.5 sacks. The pass rush specialist is projected to be a late first round or early second round pick.

Kony Ealy (DE/Missouri): Ealy finished 2013 with 30 tackles, 9.5 sacks, one interception (49-yard pick-six), three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Ealy is seen as a pass rushing machine and may be on the board when the Saints are on the clock.

Kyle Fuller (CB/Virginia Tech): Fuller was named to the third-team All-ACC pick after finishing the 2013 season with 10 pass breakups. Fuller is a physical cornerback that excels in zone coverage. He is projected to be selected in the middle to late first round.

Jason Verrett (DB/TCU): Verrett is a very talented cornerback. His 2013 awards include First-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and FOX Sports, second-team All-America Associated Press. He was the Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 1 player in the Big 12. Projected to be a nickel back in the NFL and his name should be called in late first round or second.

Bradley Roby (DB/Ohio State): Roby finished his junior season with 69 tackles and three interceptions. Projected to be a first round pick.

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