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Ogbah may be the perfect fit for the Saints in the first round. (Source: Oklahoma St. Athletics) Ogbah may be the perfect fit for the Saints in the first round. (Source: Oklahoma St. Athletics)
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I know, I know. The Saints have never done this under Sean Payton. Thus, I am very much going out on a limb. 

Round 1 (16th overall)  DE/Edge Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma St.

** Trade with Detroit: Saints swap first round picks and Saints gain additional 4th rounder from the Lions.

Maybe I’m wrong, but it certainly felt like from last year’s draft until now that Jeff Ireland has truly earned the trust of the Saints’ brass. And if he is the one guiding the ship, then he may not be afraid to deal back if it means they can get an extra pick and a full seven-man draft class.

As for Ogbah, he fills the Saints biggest need: a disruptive force on the edge. I’ve seen him go as high as 17 in some mocks and as late as the early second round. 16 seems like a great spot to grab him, especially if they are able to grab an additional fourth round pick.

For the record, I picked Detroit because they sit behind LA and both teams need a wide receiver. If Laquan Treadwell slides, it may worth it for the Saints to call them. The Lions also have ten selections in this draft and may be willing to deal.

Round 2 - LB Deion Jones, LSU

Here’s hoping that Jones lasts this long. Any thought of him being available in the third round, where I originally had him selected, were dashed with his 40-yard dash. 4.38 for a weakside linebacker is insane. Plus, he fits the mold of a ‘modern linebacker’ that the Saints need.

Round 3 - DT Sheldon Day, Notre Dame

It’s a deep draft for defensive tackles and the Saints will no doubt address it at some point. If Day is available at this stage, the Saints should grab him. A disruptive three-technique defensive tackle would work well along this defensive line, especially if they add an edge pass rusher.

Round 4 - S Tyvis Powell, Ohio St.

  • Pick acquired in trade with Detroit.

The most underrated need on the Saints’ team in my opinion. Jairus Byrd has clearly had health issues and Kenny Vaccaro is going into the last year of his rookie deal. Powell was a productive player on a defense full of studs during his time at Ohio St.

Round 4  WR Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa

In closely examining the Saints’ receiver need, it’s important to decipher the type of receiver that would fit. In the Saints’ case, they’re truly two styles. One, is a guy that get vertical. The other is a big receiver that can run the seams opposite Coby Fleener. In other words, who can run the Marques Colston route tree? Of those two, I think the Colston-clone is most important because Cooks is an underrated deep threat. As I’ve wrote before, I’m not convinced Brandon Coleman is the guy to step in for Colston. At 6’3, Garrett possibly could be. His production (most receiving yards in college football in 2015) may be too good for the Saints to pass up in this slot.

Round 5 G Conner McGovern, Missouri

The Saints have yet to address a glaring need at guard via free agency. Whether or not that comes, I still think they address it in the middle rounds of the draft. McGovern would be a great value pick here and would be given every opportunity to compete for a starting spot. The only real question is, will McGovern last this long?

Round 7 CB Juston Burris, North Carolina St.

At this stage of the draft, grades on prospects can get pretty diverse. Burris may very well be selected much earlier or not at all. However, if the Saints find a 6-0 cornerback that can add to special teams, they should consider it. Burris may be that player.

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