NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - So many picks. So many possibilities. I agree with those that believe the Saints could be the most exciting team in the draft.
No one knows what the Saints will do, but here is my best guess for all nine selections (Stayed away from trades in this mock).
Round 1 (13) Trae Waynes CB, Michigan St.
I'm sticking with my original pick of Waynes. Ultimately, it boils down to who can make the most immediate impact? I still think that player is Waynes. Even with the addition of Kyle Wilson, I look at the Saints cornerback depth and still think Waynes could be the third best player behind Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner. As the best cornerback in the draft he may be too good to pass up if available.
I wrote and scratched out Bud Dupree and Randy Gregory about four times. I wanted to go pass rusher but stayed away because Im not sure Dupree will be available and the Gregory drug test is worrisome for a team that struggled with professionalism last year.
Round 1 (31) Eli Harold, OLB Virginia
Harold made it easier for me to bypass a pass rusher at 13. The tape I've seen of Harold he has great closing speed and has a new nose for the football.
Round 2 (44) Devin Smith WR, Ohio St.
I got an up close look at Smith at the semifinal round of the College Football Playoff against Alabama here in New Orleans and the kid has some serious jets. His top-end speed could be a huge weapon for the Saints offense.
When I looked at his speed, yards per catch and the knock on him that said 'doesn't catch cleanly' immediately I thought of Devery Henderson.
Round 3 (75) John Miller G, Louisville
A durable, consistent interior lineman who started 34 games at Louisville. Miller can compete with Tim Lelito at guard or possibly take over for Jahri Evans in the coming years.
Round 3 (78) Jeff Heuerman TE Ohio St.
Heuerman stats weren't great in 2014 but according to scouts has great NFL potential with his athleticism and ability to get down field.
The last raw prospect at tight end they picked in third round turned out pretty good.
Round 5 (148) Ben Heeney, ILB Kansas
Heeney sent scouts back to the film room when turned heads at the NFL Combine with some very impressive numbers.
The Saints are thin at inside linebacker and Heeney is the type of player that can find a role.
Round 5 (154) Sean Mannion , QB Oregon St.
It's very tricky when projecting life after Drew Brees. One, no one knows for sure when the end will come. Two, there aren't any Andrew Lucks just waiting around for the Saints to take when they decide to move on.
I know Bryce Petty has gotten a lot of attention but I'm going with Mannion. At the Senior Bowl, Mannion was by far the most comfortable under center I observed.
I'm not saying Mannion is the Saints next franchise quarterback but he may be worth taking a chance on at this stage of the draft.
Round 6 (186) Daryl Williams T Oklahoma
The Saints could use some depth at tackle to push Bryce Harris for a backup role and possibly even develop into an eventual replacement for Zach Strief. They likely wouldn't take that player though before this round.
Round 7 (230) Joey Mbu DT Houston
A little help along the defensive certainly wouldn't hurt. Mbu has a very specific niche as a pure run-stuffer.