Something's brewing with the Saints. It's just too quiet out on Airline Drive. In my last mock, I had the Saints trading back to gain an additional pick. That could still happen. I'm very intrigued with what the Saints will do moving forward. However, with recent developments from other teams, I've backed off the trade-back approach in my latest mock and may have surprised a few people with my picks in the process.
1st round (12th overall)
DE/Edge Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
Yes. I'm going here. The Saints have devoted way too much into Spence for this to just be smoke. Spence's exploits at the Senior Bowl were too much for the Saints to ignore and he fits what they need so well. Spence has an elite first step that could complement Cam Jordan opposite of him.
Let me save you the trouble, 12 is probably too high for him. However, by all accounts Spence's pre-draft reputation-repairing tour has moved back him into the middle of the first round. If the Saints feel like he can make an impact they shouldn't be afraid to make this pick.
**It should also be pointed out that the Saints could potentially trade back and possibly still grab Spence.
2nd round (47th overall)
DT Sheldon Day, Notre Dame
A new spot for Day in my latest mock. With the depth at this position, the Saints may have a couple of options here. Day can get after the passer and with two run-stuffers already on the roster in John Jenkins and Tyeler Davison, his skill set would be the best fit.
3rd round (78th overall)
WR Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa.
Watch the tape of Garrett, and you will be convinced that he would be an ideal fit for this offense. He has Colston's measurables and potential. This is important to decipher when examining the wide receiver selection. Garrett is tailor-made for a quarterback like Drew Brees.
4th round (112th overall)
G Connor McGovern, Missouri.
Big fan of McGovern and with draft grades being anywhere from third to the fifth round, this is probably the safest place to select him. McGovern played tackle and guard in college. The Saints love that kind of versatility along the line. Guard could be the one position where a draft pick starts in year one.
5th round (152nd overall)
S Justin Simmons, Boston College.
Safety is a bigger need than people realize, particularly with the injury issues of Jairus Byrd. The Saints need a young free safety. Simmons can be that guy. Seven interceptions in two seasons is exactly the kind of playmaking ability this team wants on the back end of their defense. Simmons could be a great value selection here.
7th round (237th overall)
CB Juston Burris, NC State
In today's NFL, a team can never have enough cornerbacks. Burris has decent size and could be a decent final pick of the Saints' draft.