New Orleans Saints 2013 NFL Mock Draft Week 3: 7 Rounds
New Orleans Saints 7-Round Mock Draft
It is no secret that the New Orleans Saints had a horrible defense last season and they are looking to improve upon their defense this season. The team has done well so far in free agency as they have signed cornerback Keenan Lewis to a five-year deal. Furthermore, the Saints have recently been courting free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and it is said that the Saints are one of the favorites to land the Pro Bowl cornerback.
The Saints have also been linked to free agent linebacker Victor Butler recently. Butler played with the Dallas Cowboys last season under Saints’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. However, it was reported that Butler left the Saints without a contract and will visit with the Cleveland Browns next. If the Saints miss out on Butler they will need to go after a pass rusher in the 2013 NFL draft.
The Saints have a blaring need for a pass rusher and lucky for them this year’s draft is full of pass rushers. Furthermore, the Saints are switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme so an outside linebacker or defensive end will definitely be a must.
With their 15th overall pick in the draft the Saints might not only get a good defensive player, but a player that could be a difference maker. The Saints are in need of a game changer on defense and depending on who they draft the Saints could get that type of player with their 15th pick. Let’s take a look at some of the prospects the Saints could potentially draft next month.
First Round: Jarvis Jones, Linebacker, Georgia
With their first pick in the draft the Saints need to bring in a player that would address their biggest need. The Saints are lacking an effective pass rusher, but Georgia’s Jarvis Jones could be the difference maker the Saints are looking for. Last season Jones had 85 tackles, 14.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and one interception. Jones does an exceptional job of getting to the quarterback and would provide great defensive pressure for the Saints’ defensive line.
Jones would be a perfect fit for the Saints’ new 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker because he possesses great speed and athleticism. There is a good chance that Jones could fall to the Saints with the 15th pick and if he is there the Saints should strongly consider drafting him.
Third Round: Devin Taylor, Defensive End, South Carolina
Devin Taylor out of South Carolina would be another pass rusher that could help fill a void for the Saints. Taylor stands at 6’7” 266 pounds and is a true physical specimen because he is very athletic and has great speed. Taylor would be a good pick for the Saints in the third round and someone that the Saints’ coaching staff could develop.
Despite his great speed and big frame Taylor does not generate many sacks, as evidenced by his three sacks in 2012. However, if available with their third round pick his potential might be too much for the Saints to pass up. Taylor could afford to add some weight to his frame and would be a nice fit as a 3-4 defensive end. Furthermore, given his height Taylor could prove to be a very disruptive defensive end as he could bat down many balls. All in all, Taylor would be a great selection for the Saints in the third round.
Fourth Round: Jordan Mills, Offensive Tackle, Louisiana Tech
The Saints could use their fourth round pick to draft an offensive lineman since Jermon Bushrod has departed. Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Jordan Mills should be available in the fourth round and the Saints could take a look at him. Mills excels as a run-blocker but is no slouch in pass protection. Furthermore, Mills plays with confidence and has the type of motor you look for in good offensive lineman.
Mills should probably add some weight to his 6’5” 316-pound frame on the next level but he is a good lineman and could be a steal for the Saints in the fourth round. Mills displays quick athleticism and could prove to be a great offensive lineman for the Saints if they choose to draft him.
Fifth Round: Josh Evans, Safety, Florida
Florida safety Josh Evans could be a long shot for the Saints in the fifth round, but if he falls to them the Saints need to draft him. The Saints could use some depth in their secondary, particularly at safety and Evans could provide that depth. Last season at Florida, Evans led the team with 83 tackles and also had one sack and three interceptions.
Evans is a pretty fast safety and has good size as he stands 6’1” 207 pounds. Evans is a physical safety that is not afraid to make a play for the interception. Evans could provide the Saints with some toughness in the secondary and he is pretty good in man-coverage. If Evans falls to the Saints they might not be able to pass him up.
Sixth Round: Steve Williams, Cornerback, California
With the Saints addressing their cornerback needs in free agency the position might not be that much of a need in the draft. However, it would be wise for the Saints to draft a cornerback at some point in the draft and using their last pick in the sixth round to get a cornerback makes sense. California cornerback Steve Williams should be available in the sixth round. Williams is a tough cornerback that is excellent at defending passes and is also a great tackler.
Williams is a bit small at 5’9” 181 pounds, but he makes up for it with his superior athleticism and speed. At the combine Williams had the highest vertical jump with 40.5 inches and was also one of the top performers in the broad jump. If Williams is still available by the time the Saints pick in the sixth round he could be an absolute steal for the team. Furthermore, Williams could probably come in and compete for the nickel cornerback position and he would provide the Saints with great depth.