The New Orleans Saints provide some clarity for the future by trading up for a quarterback.
Hello! We are just over three weeks from the NFL Draft. There aren’t many more of these mocks left. Why don’t we look at a scenario that if you presented me about a month ago, I would’ve laughed at you. Now? Not so much. This is apparently something that could realistically happen. Here, the New Orleans Saints trade up for Justin Fields.
I decided to switch it up and use the simulator available on thedraftnetwork.com
New Orleans Saints Receive
- Pick 1.13
Los Angeles Chargers Receive
- Pick 1.28
- Pick 3.105
- 2022 1st Round Pick
Round 1, Pick 13 – QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
Justin Fields is AT LEAST the second best quarterback in this class. I have said it from the jump and I will stick by it. For some reason, unbeknownst to the public, he has APPARENTLY begun to fall on some NFL boards. Whether it be for “character concerns” or the fact that the Ohio State offense has made it seem on a regular basis that he is not as good he is at certain things. The main one being making it past the first read. He CAN do it, but it is not something that the Ohio State coaching staff calls for often. He is more athletic than most people in this class, has a bigger arm than most people in this class, and has shown more heart on the field than most people in this class. Please give Sean Payton a player at Justin Fields’ athletic caliber to run an offense with. No matter how much you give to move up in this draft, Justin Fields will be a steal.
This is just elite all around from Justin Fields.
Subtle step-up in the pocket to avoid the free rusher, no room to step into the throw and still hits Garrett Wilson over the middle with anticipation.
Just such good pocket awareness, i feel like it’s not even talked about. pic.twitter.com/I9kViSFpfS
— Akash Anavarathan (@akashanav) April 3, 2021
This may be the best college QB play I’ve ever seen. All of the comments and criticisms of why Justin Fields shouldn’t be the #2 pick in the #NFLDraft are wild to me. His tape from the Clemson game alone is as good if not better than most of these guys’ CAREER highlight tapes. pic.twitter.com/15LgNjqK65
— Ryan Dentscheff (@RDentscheff) April 2, 2021
Round 2, Pick 60 – CB Aaron Robinson, UCF
Aaron Robinson is a physical, versatile cornerback that offers a complimentary style across from Marshon Lattimore. Robinson has been featured more in slot recently, however he has the experience and ability to play on the outside. He can succeed in multiple schemes, due to the fact that UCF likes to mix up their coverages. He is a good tackler and capable run defender. Overall, I think he would fit in well in the Saints secondary in both play style and play attitude.
Someone finally got him. UCF DB Aaron Robinson wins this rep against Toney at the line. Physical play, maybe a bit early in the contact at the ball but he’s the only guy to not get beat at the LOS. pic.twitter.com/FUbK3UfI7I
— Ross Jackson (@RossJacksonNOLA) January 26, 2021
Round 3, Pick 98 – WR Amon-Ra St Brown, USC
The latest product of the St. Brown family (and not the last,) Amon-Ra is an intriguing WR prospect. He doesn’t have burners, but is a threat in the deep game. He isn’t the tallest receiver, but is great at coming down with contested balls. He is the ultimate “film don’t lie” player. He has incredible skills at the catch, ball skills/hand placement. He can play anywhere on the field that you would want a wide receiver to line up at. He has the foot skills to create separation before the catch, and sight/athleticism to make big plays after it. I like St. Brown a lot.
4 first quarter touchdown catches for Amon-Ra St. Brown. I currently have him at WR6 in this class. Dudes a baller. Plays big. Lines up inside and outside.. best route runner in this class? Possible. Baller pic.twitter.com/bS6jYXIH5k
— Crocky (@eric_crocker) December 7, 2020
Round 4, Pick 133 – LB Tony Fields II, Arizona/West Virginia
Tony Fields is the do-it-all kind of linebacker that I think the Saints are looking for. He’s played in six different defensive systems in college and lined up about anywhere you could ask a linebacker to line up. His football IQ is about as high as it can be for a college prospect. Add his intelligence to his athleticism and the potential is sky high. He can learn from Demario Davis to hopefully become a high level player in the future. His coverage is good. His size is is something that can be overcome with his aggressiveness and tackling ability.
Tony Fields II has been one of my fav watches at LB so far
Nearly 3,000 defensive snaps at the college level as a 4 year starter – holds his own at MLB at 220 lbs., effective blitzer, can cover and play sideline to sideline pic.twitter.com/MK8oYxr9aE
— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) February 14, 2021
New Orleans Saints Receive
- Pick 5.147
Houston Texans Receive
- Pick 6.218
- 2022 5th Round Pick
Round 5, Pick 147 – DL Darius Stills, West Virginia
Darius Stills is the one of the two Stills’ brothers at West Virginia to declare for the draft this year. Though a fifth round pick here, Stills could immediately come in and contribute in replacing the role of Sheldon Rankins in the Saints defense. Stills is quick and athletic for a defensive lineman, which is what you want out of someone that gives up size in the interior. He is explosive off the snap, which when combined with his high football IQ, can lead to him winning snaps as a 3-tech. He won’t be every down for the Saints, but offers great value as a rotational player.
Watch DT56… Fast arm over at POA gets stuffed from down block, but disengages and hunts ball carrier to the numbers! Love it pic.twitter.com/lB68tRoJjr
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) July 21, 2020
Round 7, Pick 229 – OL Josh Ball, Marshall
Obligatory developmental offensive lineman pick here. Josh Ball is an athletic offensive lineman who shows the tools needed to play regularly in the NFL. He is a large human, but doesn’t sacrifice the ability to move around. He just needs time to adjust to the NFL game, but having him behind Armstead and Ramcyzk while that happens will only be a great thing for him.
Un jugador que me parece muy interesante y con futuro en la NFL es el LT79 de Marshall Josh Ball. Es un 6 8″ 309 lbs y tiene unos pies muy ágiles. Debe mejorar en su técnica de manos pic.twitter.com/Pf9Xmap4vc
— Los Cachorros NCAAF (@CachorrosNCAAF) January 24, 2021
Round 7, Pick 255 – WR/ST Racey McMath, LSU
The Saints love their special teamers on Day 3. McMath is going to have a long NFL career and I would not mind seeing that take place in New Orleans. He is very fast, he recently ran a 4.34 at the LSU pro day. That means along with his special teams ability, he also brings a speed that is not widely found on this Saints roster. Would be a great day 3 pick for the Saints.
— Dylan Sanders (@DillySanders) January 26, 2021
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