Fazende: Saints seven-round mock draft #1

Published: Apr. 7, 2022 at 1:48 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2022 at 8:59 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Saints earlier pursuit of another quarterback, combined with a bombshell trade, delayed my usual Saints mock draft release.

A lot of theories have been floated as to why the Saints would make such a move. Until I hear otherwise, I’m rolling with their reasoning being, they simply believe in the top of this draft class and want to add more quality football players in the first round.

Here is my first Saints seven-round mock draft .

First Round 16th overall (from Philadelphia)

Trevor Penning, Offensive Tackle, Northern Iowa

In every draft since 2015, the Saints have taken an offensive or defensive lineman in the first or second round. That trend continues with Penning. The Northern Iowa product comes from a small school, but could have big potential. He really shined at the Senior Bowl. Given where the Saints select, Penning may be the top tackle option available.

First Round 19th overall (from Philadelphia)

Jameson Wiliams, Wide Receiver, Alabama

I know, I know, his injury is worrisome. Plus, the Saints love Ohio State players. Still, I’m going with Williams here, because I believe he is a more complete player who can complement Michael Thomas. At some point, perhaps he could possibly take over as the team’s No. 1 receiver. The Saints need at receiver has been well-documented. By the way, Williams began his collegiate career at Ohio State.

Williams had spectacular season before getting injured in title game.
Photo by University of...
Williams had spectacular season before getting injured in title game. Photo by University of Alabama(University of Alabama | Crimson Tide Photos / UA Athletics)

Second Round 49th overall

Trey McBride, Tight End, Colorado State

This is a good spot for a tight end. McBride could add more production to a tight end room that struggled a season ago. He really stood out at the Senior Bowl practice I watched. Even with the permanent switch of Taysom Hill, the team still needs to add to this this group. At 49, McBride would bring tremendous value. He had 90 receptions for 1121 yards last season at Colorado State.

Third Round 98th overall

Nick Cross, Safety, Maryland

The grades are mixed on Cross. Some have him as high as mid-second; others have him a late fourth. As of now, the Saints have a need at safety. Cross brings great athleticism to the position, and the hope is he can provide versatility at strong or free. He played a lot of single high at Maryland, but in today’s NFL, he’ll be asked to help in the run game as well.

Fourth Round 120th overall

Brian Robinson, Jr., RB, Alabama

The Saints’ need for a second running back is bigger than what’s being discussed. Latavius Murray was an underrated loss for the Saints a season ago. They need a bigger back that they can count on to give them 125-140 carries in a season. Alvin Kamara had a career high in carries last season despite missing four games. That pace can’t continue. Plus, he’s likely facing a suspension this season. Robinson had 1,343 yards with 14 touchdowns a season ago.

Fifth Round 161st overall

Neil Farrell, Defensive Tackle, LSU

It’s hard to get a solid grade on Farrell. In the grand scheme of things, this could end up being too low for him. Regardless, Farrell had a good 2021 season in Baton Rouge, and can provide good depth along the defensive line as a rotational player. With the tutelage of Ryan Nielsen, he would improve his game as most defensive linemen do when he coaches them.

LSU Defensive End Neil Farrell Jr. (No. 92)
LSU Defensive End Neil Farrell Jr. (No. 92)(Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV (custom credit) | WAFB)

Sixth Round, 194th overall (from Philadelphia)

Ben Brown, G/C, Ole Miss

Closing out the draft with a solid and dependable SEC lineman. Brown was a four-year starter for the Rebels. Before his mid-season injury last year, he had 40 consecutive starts. He played both guard and center while in Oxford. The Saints have never been shy about adding depth along their offensive line. We saw how it was tested a season ago.

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