2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 3 Prospects the New Orleans Saints Must Target

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 3 Prospects the New Orleans Saints Must Target

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The New Orleans Saints have had an active and productive offseason, but they're still a far cry from the top teams in the NFC. They're going to need all the help they can get if they're going to become a Super Bowl contender this season. To get that help, here are five late-round picks the Saints should be targeting on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft.

5. De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

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5. De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

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Thomas could be a suitable replacement for Darren Sproles. The Saints could utilize him as a pass catcher out of the backfield and also put him on the field on special teams and hope his speed can make something happen. He'll definitely be around on Day 3, and New Orleans could be a good fit for him.

4. Charles Leno, OG, Boise State

Boise State Charles Leno
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4. Charles Leno, OG, Boise State

Boise State Charles Leno
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The Saints need some depth along the offensive line, and Leno would fill that need. He played offensive tackle in college but projects as a guard in the NFL, giving him the versatility to back up several positions while growing into a starter at guard down the line.

3. Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh

Devin Street
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3. Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh

Devin Street
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New Orleans needs to take a wide receiver in this draft, but they have too many other needs to take on in the early rounds so they'll have to find one on Day 3. Despite lacking high-end speed, Street would give the Saints a lot of size and athleticism at wide receiver with the potential to develop into a solid No. 2 receiver.

2. Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse

Jay Bromley
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2. Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse

Jay Bromley
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The Saints could use some depth up front, and Bromley could be a potential steal in the later rounds. He was a productive college player with a great work ethic that allows him to play above his talent level.

1. E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri

E.J. Gaines
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1. E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri

E.J. Gaines
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The Saints added Champ Bailey this offseason, but he's only a short-term solution. New Orleans will still need to add a young cornerback to guard against injury and take over when Bailey inevitably retires in a year or two. Gaines can stand to become a better tackler, but he has good coverage skills and would be a great pick early on Day 3.


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