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New Orleans Saints 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 6: 7 Rounds

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New Orleans Saints 2013 NFL Mock Draft

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Will the New Orleans Saints go offense or defense with their first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft? History shows us that the Saints will likely go defense with their 15th overall pick. In the past six drafts, the Saints have had six first round picks, and four of those picks were defensive players. It’s interesting how things have played out because the Saints’ defense has not been that great for the past few seasons. However, with an offense like the Saints have the defense just needs to be decent enough to win games.

Last season, the Saints’ defense was exposed as they gave up a record 7,042 yards of offense. This year the Saints will likely use their first round pick to go defense again as they look to improve their dreadful pass rush. However, there is some speculation that the Saints could be looking to trade up in the draft.

Head coach Sean Payton is not comfortable with the Saints’ left tackle situation and there are rumors that the Saints could trade up to get a left tackle. Since Jermon Bushrod left the Saints there has been a huge void at left tackle, and there is a possibility that the Saints will trade up to draft one of the top offensive tackle prospects.

As of right now, I think it is safe to assume that the Saints will go defense with their first pick, but they still need to grab an offensive tackle somewhere in the draft. Only time will tell what the Saints will do come draft day and I have a feeling it could be an exciting day for this team.

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First Round: Barkevious Mingo, Outside Linebacker, LSU

Barkevious Mingo
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Unless the Saints do trade up to draft Lane Johnson, I think Barkevious Mingo is the consensus pick for the team at number 15. The LSU linebacker will fit perfectly into the Saints 3-4 defensive scheme as an outside linebacker. Mingo is extremely fast and possesses an explosive first step that allows him to get to the quarterback.

At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Mingo excels in pass defense and will serve the Saints well as a 3-4 outside linebacker. However, one thing Mingo will need to work on is stopping the run and improving his tackling technique. Furthermore, Mingo will need to add more weight to his frame when he gets to the next level. Bottom line, Mingo seems to be a lock to go to the Saints at number 15 and could turn out to be a game-changer for the Saints.

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Third Round: Jordan Mills, Offensive Tackle, Louisiana Tech

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With their third-round pick, the Saints should definitely go after an offensive tackle. Even after the Jason Smith signing today, the Saints could still use some depth at the left tackle position. The Saints should draft Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Jordan Mills with their third-round pick. I originally had Mills going to the Saints in the fourth round. However, if the Saints want him, they will need to get him in the third round.

Although Mills has never played left tackle, he would still be an intriguing prospect for the Saints. Mills is nice at 6-foot-5, 316 pounds and is very strong at his position. Mills has the makings to be a very good left tackle in the NFL and if drafted by the Saints, he should have a chance to come in and compete for the starting left tackle position.

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Fourth Round: T.J. McDonald, Safety, USC

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One key position that the Saints must address in this year’s draft is safety. USC safety T.J. McDonald could provide great depth in the secondary and is an intriguing prospect. McDonald is a big safety standing at 6-foot-3, 219 pounds and plays a physical style in the secondary. Furthermore, McDonald has nice speed and good ball skills as evidenced by his two interceptions and three passes defended in 2012.

McDonald would give the Saints a tall, aggressive safety that would be able to challenge opposing teams’ tight ends. Although McDonald would need to improve his coverage skills, his upside and size alone would be worth the Saints drafting him. The Saints need depth at safety and McDonald would be able to provide that for them.

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Fifth Round: Kwame Geathers, Defensive Tackle, Georgia

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At this point in the draft, the Saints should look to draft a defensive tackle that can come in and play some nose tackle in their 3-4 defense. Georgia defensive tackle Kwame Geathers would be a nice pickup for the Saints if he is available in the fifth round. Standing at 6-foot-5 342 pounds Geathers is a mountain of a man and could take up a lot of space on the defensive line.

Last season in a rotation role Geathers had 40 tackles, one sack and one blocked kick. Geathers could be a nice project for the Saints while providing depth behind Brodrick Bunkley at nose tackle. Furthermore, Geathers is very athletic for his size and has great strength to disrupt opposing teams’ centers. However, Geathers will need to improve his technique on the next level, but that can be addressed with coaching. If Geathers is available with their fifth-round pick, then the Saints should draft him.

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Sixth Round: Terrence Brown, Cornerback, Stanford

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With their last pick of the draft, the Saints should grab another cornerback to add some depth to their secondary. Stanford cornerback Terrence Brown should be available in the sixth round and he could be another player to compete for a spot in the secondary. Brown has good size at 6-foot-1, 178 pounds and is very fast. Brown was only a two-year starter at Stanford but had 65 tackles, one interception and nine passes defended.

If the Saints are looking to shore up their secondary, Brown would be a nice pick up in the sixth round. The Saints would like to have plenty of players to compete in their secondary and Brown could be another piece to the puzzle.