The New Orleans Saints take the chance to fill an extra roster spot for cheap, trade back into the 2nd round.
Another week and another mock draft scenario! As we all know, the New Orleans Saints will likely not trade back. However, in a weird year with a lot of holes needed to be filled on limited money, we could see an exception. Here I traded out of 28 to get more assets, so let’s see how that would look when drafting players.
As always, I’m using the superior mock draft simulator, profootballnetwork.com, for these.
New York Giants Receive
- Pick 1.28
- Pick 3.98
New Orleans Saints Receive
- Pick 2.42
- Pick 2.59
- Pick 3.89
Round 2, Pick 42 – LB Jabril Cox, LSU
The Saints will be looking for a linebacker who is talented in coverage, to replace the losses of Kwon Alexander and Alex Anzalone. Here, they get one of the best in the class. Jabril Cox makes plays constantly. He’s a good tackler, smart player, capable blitzer. He is a little bit older than compared to others in this class, but his experience in college will allow him to start and contribute immediately. Getting a player of Cox’s profile while also trading back would be an incredible pick up for New Orleans.
Round 2, Pick 59 – OL Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
If you follow me or Ross Jackson, you are probably tired of hearing about Dillon Radunz. I do not apologize. Radunz is a player who would be an ideal candidate for the Saints to draft. Immediately would be a competent guard, should play drop next year or injury require play. Then in 2022, it would allow the Saints to move on from one of the tackles should the money require it. And if they re-sign both tackles, the left guard role would be locked down for years and years to come. Radunz would compliment Kamara’s play very very well. He is a powerful lineman who is also plenty athletic. His pro comp is a snowplow that moves like a normal work truck.
When watching NDSU, everyone wants to to talk Trey Lance.
However LT Dillon Radunz(75) has the goods. Size/Speed specimen. Gets the pancake here and then blocks the linebacker for 20 yards down field. pic.twitter.com/bSghNgrFI4
— Matt Valdovinos (@MVScouting) May 22, 2020
Round 2, Pick 60 – WR Rondale Moore, Purdue
Rondale Moore is another player I talk about constantly. I have been obsessed with his play for three years now. He has top 15 talent in my opinion. He will drop in the draft, due to his size and injury cocerns. During his pro day, I asked him about his injuries and he revealed that he is 100% and has no lasting damage from his college days. He plays taller than his height and runs with more force than his weight. He is a very interesting prospect, due to the inability to peg what his best trait is. He would be the perfect piece to compliment Michael Thomas and Marquez Callaway.
Round 3, Pick 89 – CB Trill Williams
Ife Melifonwu is not the only tall, crazy athletic corner to come out of Syracuse this year. Trill Williams is a very similar prospect. Not to the same level of athletic profile as Melifonwu, but that is nearly impossible. Williams has moved around the secondary at Syracuse, but definitely has the ability to lock down a boundary corner position in the NFL. Good in both zone and man, but not an ace at either yet. Good tackler, capable blitzer off the edge/boundary. He checks all the boxes to be put across from Lattimore.
Trill Williams is one of college football’s most versatile DBs.
Watch his speed off the edge to stuff the QB draw. Blocking back unable to fight him off. pic.twitter.com/yDb30CuU9w
— ACC Content (@ACContent__) June 7, 2020
Round 3, Pick 105 – DL Osa Odighizuwa, UCLA
Speaking of crazy athletes. Osa provides a crazy body type for an interior defensive lineman, but one that I think fits a New Orleans defense very well. He can also transition out to the edge in sub-packages. He is very explosive and plays every down like it is his last. Has the bull rush moves that the Saints need to replace on the inside. He also has a crazy spin move. He is also automatically more athletic than 99% of people he will line up across from on the inside.
— Inside The Draft (@Jacobkeppen) January 27, 2021
Round 4, Pick 133 – QB Jamie Newman, Wake Forest
Jamie Newman is an interesting player. He has been all over the place stock wise during his college career. He saw a steep drop after opting out last season. He had an up and down Senior Bowl. Bottom line is, he has a lot of potential for a Saints team that is currently uncertain with the future of the quarterback position. Good athlete, good arm talent, good leader. He can sit this year and not play a snap, while developing behind Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. He is absoutely worth a flier pick for the Saints.
Grade on Deep Throws (20+ yards):
1. Joe Burrow: 98.5
2. Jamie Newman: 96.5
3. Dustin Crum: 96.3
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 11, 2020
Round 6, Pick 218 – EDGE Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo
Cameron Jordan is getting older, Marcus Davenport is ??? The Saints need more EDGE rushers for the future of the team, they could do a lot worse than Koonce in the sixth. Koonce has a lot of natural talent, but needs to learn the more technical game of pass rushing. There are fewer better to learn from than Cam Jordan.
The MAC (specifically Buffalo) plays tonight, so here are some clips of Malcolm Koonce, a guy who’s draftable from Buffalo.
I really like this move on the right side by Koonce. Uses the long arm before swiping with both hands and turning the corner. pic.twitter.com/6CegCOaHvC
— Zach (All-22 Addict) Gartin (@All22_Addict) November 4, 2020
Round 7, Pick 229 – TE John Bates, Boise State
The Saints just had to cut Josh Hill to save money, so why not draft a cheaper Josh Hill. He fills the role of a blocking tight end who is not crazy athletic, but can run routes and catch passes at an efficient rate if need be.
A solid rep here by John Bates, not the best athlete but eventually loses his guy deep and makes a good play. pic.twitter.com/mKKDNqujAi
— Ben Glassmire (@BenGlassmireNFL) January 27, 2021
Round 7, Pick 255 – CB Tay Gowan, UCF
Tay Gowan is really intriguing. He has a lot of talent, but is rarely talked about in NFL draft circles, especially by the big names. I would not at all be surprised if he turns out to be the best DB in the draft, or never sees the field. He has a lot of potential in a lot of places, but is not necessarily close to being a reliable option outside of special teams as of right now. He would be a good depth option for now, that could easily turn into more later. He also sat out last season, and only has one season of play under his belt. Could be a factor in him falling, despite his talent warranting a higher selection.
Cornerback, Tay Gowan
Juco product who took over a starting spot last season when Brandon Moore went down injured. A long, athletic Cornerback with press man ability. Tay has huge athletic upside, with his physical gifts. Comes with that dawg mentality you need as a CB. pic.twitter.com/IieasbYjES
— Daniel Hughes (@DanHughesDraft) April 30, 2020
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