CHICAGO (WVUE) - The Saints traded with the Patriots to draft safety Vonn Bell. The Saints received the Pats 61st pick in the second round, sending their 3rd and 4th round picks to New England.
Bell played free safety for the Buckeyes, racking up 65 tackles, two interceptions, nine pass breakups in his final season with Ohio State. He was credited with 23 passes defensed over last two seasons.
Bell is 5'11", weighing in at 199 pounds. Bell ran a 40-yard dash of 4.51 seconds at his pro day.
The Saints bolstered the NFL's No. 1 passing offense in the second round, drafting former Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas.
Thomas is the nephew of former USC and NFL star receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
He was the leading receiver for the Buckeyes in 2015 with 56 catches, 781 yards, and nine touchdowns. Thomas ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds at his pro day.
Thomas uses his 6'3" height make him a good red-zone target, and makes late plays on the ball over top of defenders.
The Saints went defense with their first-round pick taking former Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.
Rankins is 6'1", 299-pound terror for opposing quarterbacks. In his junior year Rankins racked up 13.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and two interceptions. Rankins with powerful, violent hands ,and possesses elite foot quickness for interior defender.
Rankins played in a three-man defensive front for Louisville.