New Orleans Saints 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 4: 7 Rounds
New Orleans Saints: 7-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft
With the 2013 NFL draft less than a month away, teams should already have a good idea about who they want to draft. With their five picks in the draft, the New Orleans Saints must make the right choice with each pick in order to help their team improve. Some might say that this year’s draft is very crucial to the future success of the team, especially when you consider how terrible the defense was last season.
The Saints will obviously need to draft some defensive players this year, but with all of their recent signings, the team will have some flexibility on who they decide to draft. So far this offseason, the Saints have signed cornerback Keenan Lewis, linebacker Victor Butler, and most recently defensive end Kenyon Coleman. Lewis has been the biggest signing for the Saints so far since they are going for players that will help the team, rather than the big-name players.
Butler and Coleman will also make nice additions to the team since they played under Saints’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during their time together with the Dallas Cowboys. With all of the defensive signings, the Saints might look at other positions that need to be filled via the draft.
One big need for the Saints is an offensive tackle, and it is becoming clearer that the lack of a starting left tackle could be an issue for the Saints. Another position the Saints could look at in the draft is quarterback. Drew Brees is currently the only quarterback on the roster, and the Saints could definitely use some depth behind Brees.
The Saints have plenty of options with their five picks, but it will come down to how well they will use those picks.
First Round: Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
The Saints need a lot of help in their thin secondary, and Kenny Vaccaro out of Texas would really be a welcomed boost. The Texas safety had 92 tackles, five passes defend and two interceptions. Vaccaro is the best safety in this draft and if he falls to the Saints, the team should consider drafting him with their 15th pick.
Vaccaro has great size and speed at the safety position and excels in both man and zone coverage. Furthermore, he is the complete package and could vastly improve the Saints weak secondary. However, he does tend to try and make the big hit instead of wrapping up for the tackle, and that is something he will need to improve on at the next level. Nonetheless, Vaccaro would be an excellent pick for the Saints and will address one of the team’s biggest needs.
Third Round: Brandon Williams, Defensive Tackle, Missouri Southern
Brandon Williams out of Missouri Southern could be the Saints’ nose tackle of the future. The defensive tackle is a monster as he stands 6-foot-1, 340 pounds. Despite his size, Williams moves very well and would be an absolute steal if the Saints can get him with their third-round pick. In the past season, Williams made 68 tackles, 16.5 sacks and five forced fumbles, and his production could continue on the next level. Furthermore, Williams had an excellent showing at the Senior Bowl and that will definitely help his draft status.
Williams is incredibly strong and has good athleticism as well. The Saints will need a strong nose tackle with their new defense and Williams definitely fits the bill. Hopefully, Williams will fall to the Saints in the third round, but he is quickly climbing up draft boards as scouts have begun to take notice of his ability. However, if the Saints can nab him, he could be a constant on the team for years to come.
Fourth Round: Brian Winters, Offensive Tackle, Kent State
The Saints should probably be looking at some offensive tackles at this point in the draft and Brian Winters out of Kent State could be a nice pickup. Winters is an interesting prospect as he wrestled in high school, and uses some of his wrestling skills in his blocking technique. Winters is adept at both pass and run blocking and is quick on his feet, which makes him one of the more mobile offensive linemen.
With the Saints looking for depth at offensive tackle Winters would be a solid pickup in the fourth round. Furthermore, at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, Winters has great size for an offensive tackle and he could find his home with the Saints.
Fifth Round: Tharold Simon, Cornerback, LSU
Cornerback Tharold Simon out of LSU would be an excellent pick for the Saints in the fifth round. Standing at 6-foot-2, 202 pounds, Simon is a big cornerback that plays with physicality. If the Saints are looking for a cornerback in the fifth round, Simon is there guy. Simon will provide the Saints with better depth in the secondary and could be a contributor if given regular playing time.
Simon had a solid season last year for the Tigers as he made 45 tackles, nine passes defended, and four interceptions. He could be a great sleeper pick for the Saints and with his length and play-making ability, could ultimately turn out to be a steal for the team.
Sixth Round: Nathan Stanley, Quarterback, Southeastern Louisiana
With their last pick, the Saints should draft Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Nathan Stanley. The team will need a backup for Brees and on the last day of the draft Stanley could prove to be a steal. Last season, Stanley completed 53 percent of his passes and threw for 1,705 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Furthermore, Stanley had a nice showing at the East-West Shrine game and could make a nice backup quarterback.
Stanley has great size at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, and would give the Saints a completely different quarterback to complement Brees. Furthermore, Stanley has a strong arm and excels in the pocket. Stanley is the typical quarterback NFL teams look for and if the Saints draft him they will have addressed their need for Brees’ backup.