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After Further Review: Fazende Saints mock draft 1.0

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis hopes to have more success in the 2018 draft class /FILE (FOX 8 Photo) Saints general manager Mickey Loomis hopes to have more success in the 2018 draft class /FILE (FOX 8 Photo)

1st Round

TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota St.

I went back and forth with two other linebackers and a cornerback in this slot. But in the end, I circled back around to my original selection of Goedert. Tight end is one of the few positions on the Saints roster where a rookie can step and be a major contributor. When watching his tape, I instantly thought Jimmy Graham with his athleticism. His route running may even be more refined than Graham’s was at that stage of his career. He essentially is a big wide receiver that can own the middle of the field and red zone. He won’t do much as a blocker early on but can improve with that over time. Drew Brees hasn’t had this kind of player since Graham left.

3rd round

CB M.J. Stewart, North Carolina

Cornerback is a position of need for the Saints; Stewart can add quality depth to the position. He set a Tar Heel record with 41 career pass break-ups. He has good size for the position and not afraid to aid in run support. He also added two sacks his senior season.

4th round

S Armani Watts, S Texas A&M

Safety wasn’t on my original radar until I realized how thin the position would be if Kenny Vaccaro and Rafael Bush don’t return. Watts caught my eye at the Senior Bowl because he always seemed to get his hands on the ball. So I checked his stats and saw ten career interceptions, seven career forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Even if he has other flaws, that kind of opportunistic play can make up for it. My only concern is the fourth round may be too low for Watts.

5th round

LB Tegray Scales, Indiana

At some point the Saints have to address depth at the linebacker position. In searching for a quality player on day three, Scales kept popping up. He was a four year player for the Hoosiers and was incredibly productive. He had an astounding 24 tackles for loss his junior year and 12.5 last year. But the stat that really stood out was eight career interceptions. You don’t see that kind of ball skills from a linebacker very often.

5th round

C/T Austin Corbett, Nevada

The Saints should without question address depth along their offensive line in this draft. The question is do they go with an interior or exterior lineman? Corbett can do both. He played tackle at Nevada but is projected to play center at the next level. The Saints value that versatility and would be nice pick on day three.

6th round

DE/OLB Trevon Young, Louisville

Multiple injuries robbed Young of a productive collegiate career. Fortunately, he saved his best and healthiest season for last. In 2017 he recorded 8.5 sacks and ten tackles for loss. Young will likely be labeled a medical risk but in the sixth round, he’s a risk worth taking.

6th round

RB Darrell Williams, LSU

I love this fit for the Saints as they can use a power back that can also catch the ball out of the backfield. Williams played in the shadows at LSU but will have a quality professional career. This would also end the LSU draft drought by the Saints.

7th round

WR Braxton Berrios, Miami

Berrios caught my eye in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. As a slot receiver, his ability to create natural separation stood out. Everytime he ran a route he appeared open. He also struggled with some drops early in the week but that can also be attributed to a lack of chemistry with quarterbacks there. Even if the Saints do bring back Willie Snead, it would be in their best interest to address this position.

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