After Further Review: Fazende's Final Mock Draft

(AP Photo) Drew Brees will get more help in Sean Fazende's latest mock draft
(AP Photo) Drew Brees will get more help in Sean Fazende's latest mock draft

Here's a look at my final mock draft for all of the Saints draft picks.

1.)    Brandin Cooks WR Oregon St. (27th overall)

I'm sticking with Cooks. There are certainly solid cases for other players/receivers here but I still believe Cooks can give the Saints a different dimension from the slot. Remember, Lance Moore was a precise route runner who was in the right spot at the right time. Cooks is much quicker/faster version of Moore who, if he learns the system quickly can equal the production of some of Moore's best  seasons.

2.)    Trent Murphy OLB Stanford (52nd overall)

Previous Pick Chris Borland, ILB Wisconsin

As FBS' leader in sacks, Murphy was incredibly productive in a conference that's loaded with fast-break offenses and athletic quarterbacks.  His ability to get to the quarterback can add depth to a team that was masterful at that last year. Plus, his niche as an outside linebacker can give Rob Ryan the flexibility to use more traditional 3-4 packages.

3.)    Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood (91st overall)

I'm sticking with the small school gem that's become quite a hit on the pre-draft circuit. I've stated several times, I believe the Saints are building their secondary like the Legion of Boom in Seattle and in doing so they will need a big, press-type corner opposite Keenan Lewis. At 6'1 Desir can be that guy. Desir lit up the Combine with the top broad jump and 60-yard shuttle in his position group. He was one of the many defensive backs the Saints brought in for a visit.

4.)    Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers (126th overall)

Previous Pick: Aaron Murray QB Georgia

I backed off my bold pick of Aaron Murray, not because I dislike Murray but because the more I watch the pre-draft hype, the more I'm convinced he won't be available in the fourth round. Instead,  I went with Brandon Coleman. I had Coleman in my previous mock, but this time I have the Saints taking him earlier in the fourth round at 126. One thing stands out about Coleman: size. At 6'6, Coleman is physically imposing. While at Rutgers, he averaged 15.8 yards per catch his senior year and 16.7 yards per catch his junior year. Scouts have knocked his lack of physicality but if he's available this late in the draft, he would certainly be worth taking a chance on.

5.)    Jordan Zumwalt ILB UCLA (167th overall)

Previous Pick: Brandon Coleman

With the Saints first selection in the fifth round, I'm going with inside linebacker Jordan Zumwalt from UCLA.  Zumwalt has some nasty to him that I think this defense could use. He also has the versatility to play all the linebacker positions. He can contribute right away on special teams. The inside linebacker position has some depth issues that Zumwalt can help with.

5.)    Bryan Stork C Florida St. (169th overall)

No change here,  Bryan Stork provides good value and fills a need for the Saints in the fifth round. Stork played at the highest level last year for BCS Champion Florida St. The Saints brought Stork in for a visit early in the pre draft process.

6.)    Tre Boston S North Carolina (202nd overall)

Previous Pick: Marqueston Huff S Wyoming

Sticking with the same position, but going with a different player for the Saints sixth round selection. Tre' Boston is a strong safety out of North Carolina.  I'm a huge Kenny Vaccaro fan, but if there is one realistic knock on him it's that his style of play will lead to injuries. Thus, the Saints need depth at his spot.