So in the spirit of ASC I’m doing a small school mock draft. With the somewhat limited talent pool the round and the prospect my not line up perfectly, but l , I’m doing all this for fun. These selections are as if the Saints do not make any major additions in free agency.
1) Round 1 Pick 27
Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St
Except basketball player (sound familiar?) with excellent hands and body control. Make ridiculous one handed catches look routine, but took the OBJ stuff a bit too far at times. Has powerful but soft hands dominated inferior competition. A versatile player perfect for a Sean Payton offense. Improved every year and was extremely productive for the Jackrabbits. Can be an awesome red zone target similar to Jimmy Graham as Saint.
2) Round 3 Pick 27 Overall 91
Darius Leonard LB south Carolina St
Had a four year career with almost 400 tackles, including a 19 tackle game versus eventual National Champion Clemson in 2016. Led the Senior Bowl with 14 stops last month. Instinctive player with sideline to sideline range. Can play in 3-4 or 4-3 defenses also has special teams potential. A tackling machine but also creates turnovers with rip moves. Gained 50 pounds to his frame during his time at South Carolina State. Good in coverage can carry tight ends up the seams, effective blitzer.
3) Round 4 Pick 27 Overall 127
Brandon Parker OT North Carolina A+T
Terron Armstead has missed half of the last two seasons, can the Saints afford to ignore that? Absolutely not, so the selection here is Brandon Parker. Anchored an offensive line on a team that won two Historically Black Colleges National Championship in the last three years. Massive but with good feet, taught initially buy his father who played for North Carolina and is now a high school coach.
4) Round 5 Pick 10 Overall 147
Kyle Lauletta QB Richmond
The Senior Bowl MVP is an accurate and smart field general. His father played quarterback for the Navy (Go Navy beat Army!) so he has the DNA to succeed. Unfortunately he had four coordinators during his time with the Spiders. Has a quick release and throws a tight spiral. Team captain two years and outdueled Kurt Benkurt at Virginia in 2016 throwing for 3 touchdowns and no interceptions and 330 plus yards. Not a big arm but Herschel job done. Brees won’t be around forever, Saints have to make a move at the most important position.
5) Round 5 Pick 27 Overall 164
Siran Neal S/CB Jacksonville St
A defensive Slash, a hybrids’ hybrid, played linebacker, safety and corner at a high level. Mirrors receivers well in the slot and is a sure tackler. Can fill the slot corner position when he learns the position better. A good defensive chess piece for an inventive coach.
6) Round 6 Pick 15 Overall 189
Chase Edmonds RB Fordham
Highly productive runner that reminds me of Sproles. Has burst and good receiving skills.Had a leg injury senior year but had over 5000 career rushing yards. Can be a nice addition to the Payton tool box.
7) Round 6 Pick 15 Overall 201
John Franklin DL Stephen F Austin
A raw player still but very intriguing. Played well in NFLPA Collegiate game for Mike Martz getting a team high 8 stops. Got an invite to the combine and ran a 4.75 in the 40. I couldn’t find much film on him but it seems he can play DT or DE.
8) Round 7 Pick 27 Overall 245
Marcus Martin DE Slippery Rock D2
Okay so I cheated but this guy had 4.5 sacks in one game and a division 2 record 56 for a career. That’s well worth a late round flyer, plus the Saints have drafted more than a few of them. Jahri Evans, Khiry Robinson and (cough) Junior somebody have contributed to the team.
This was a fun exercise but usually the size and talent level of the big programs wins out, but once a round at least some team drafts one of these players. I know Coach Payton has some, if not all, of these guys on his board. By the way can we sign Drew Brees this week? The natives are getting restless, make it happen Looms!