According to Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune, Saints AGM and College Scouting Director Jeff Ireland wouldn’t mind some extra day two picks.
With the amount of depth through the first few rounds, also reference in that tweet, this isn’t shocking. In fact, it has been sort of expected that the Saints would never sit still between pick 62 and 168. With that, let’s take a look at some trade up worthy candidates in rounds two and three.
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
Big-bodied, physical wide receiver that fits the Saints mold and tendencies at the position. Projects to be an excellent pro. Has the attitude and confidence to fit into the locker room. Will go up and get tough passes and can be a factor in the red zone along with Jared Cook and Michael Thomas.
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Powerful interior lineman. Had some questions raised about his dedication to football over his other interests such as travel, social justice, and the stock exchange. Reminds me of the criticism Marcus Davenport received for writing poetry. Could be a pivotal stopgap at the top of the year for New Orleans and then slide into a ridiculous interior rotation with Rankins, Onyemata, Stallworth, Brown, and Edwards.
DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
Straight out of New Orleans Saints University, Dre’Money Jones could fill a major need for the Saints at 3-tech DT while Sheldon Rankins and potentially David Onyemata aren’t available. Pretty much brings the same advantages above with Tillery, but struggles a little more in the run game and does have the “character concerns.”
LB Blake Cashman, Minnesota
High motor and super athletic. The Saints have never traded up for a Linebacker since Sean Payton has been coach. However, there are two Linebackers in this class that I think can change that. Cashman is one of them. Would be valuable depth in the nickel packages.
S Darnell Savage, Maryland
Saints traded up to the second round for a Safety in 2016 when it was much more of a need than it is now. But is Savage’s ability to do it all with his head on fire enough to make the Saints jump for him?
OL Chuma Edoga, USC
Has all the measurables to work in the NFL but lacks a little discipline. When it comes to a pair of coaches that I can trust not to take that lightly, Sean Payton and Dennis Allen fit the part. In fact, throw D-Line coach Ryan Nielsen in there too. Chuma has experience mostly at the Right Tackle position but has also played Left Tackle in a pinch.
OL Nate Davis, Charlotte
New Orleans has worked to sure up the offensive line in the draft in the past so Davis isn’t out of the question. Davis focused mostly at Right Guard throughout his time in Charlotte and could be valuable depth behind Larry Warford who dealt with some injuries last season.
WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio State
One of my favorite wideouts in the class and a player that you can’t help but see a little Michael Thomas in. Deep threat that can catch the ball in traffic, take a hit, and has some yards after catch ability thanks to his 4.35 quickness. He’s also a hell of a route-runner that would only get better working with Curtis Johnson.
DT Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
Can play 3-tech in the interior which the Saints still have a void at without Rankins. Newly acquired Malcom Brown is more of a Nose Tackle and Mario Edwards is only one piece of the puzzle for the Saints to maintain a 4-3 set before mid-season. After that, Saunders have the versatility to bounce outside and rush off the edge.
LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
One of the biggest mysteries of the draft to me is the manner in which Burr-Kirven has been mentioned throughout this draft. He’s been mocked everywhere from the second round to the seventh. But when you have a guy at this position that stands at 6’0” 200-pounds, runs a 4.56 40, led the FBS in tackles with a whopping 176 in 2018, can cover and get all up in the run game, you have to see something special. This is the other Linebacker that I think could break the Saints’ tendencies by tempting them to make the leap for him.
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