By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on March 14, 2014
In the 2013 season, the New Orleans Saints saw a return to greatness in part because of coach Sean Payton's return, but also because of the team's excellent drafting over the last several years. In the 2014 NFL Draft, the Saints must nail the draft yet again as the team's core is starting to get up there in age. With that said, here's a post-free agency New Orleans Saints mock draft.
One of the most underrated prospects in this entire draft class, Kony Ealy possesses the ability to play either 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker. And in the Saints’ defense, Ealy could make a lot of noise.
With Zach Strief gone, the Saints suddenly have a pressing need at right tackle. Morgan Moses out of Virginia has ridiculous potential at the position, and with the size, athleticism and power Moses brings to the table, the Saints would be foolish to pass him up.
Although the Saints lost starting center Brian De La Puente in free agency, the team should remain confident that they can fill that need through the draft. Travis Swanson could be an instant starter in New Orleans and provide much more long-term upside than De La Puente could.
Despite having Keenan Lewis on the roster, the Saints still have a need at the other cornerback position. Chris Davis may be most well-known for his kick return that sent Auburn to the National Championship game, but he’s actually a very underrated cover man.
The Saints could use some depth in the interior of their offensive line, and with Trai Turner still available, New Orleans can’t pass him up. Turner has great athletic potential but lacks polish. With that said, in a few years, Turner could be a solid starter.
Drew Brees isn’t going to stick around forever, and in Connor Shaw the team is getting an insurance policy for the future.
Having just lost Darren Sproles via trade, going out and drafting De’Anthony Thomas would be a great move by the Saints. Thomas has all the big-play ability of someone like Sproles, but is much younger and loaded with potential.
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