2014 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints’ 5 Potential Late-Round Steals

Saints' Potential Late-Round Draft Steals

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The New Orleans Saints have always been able to capitalize deep into the draft. Whether it's WR Kenny Stills (fifth round, 2013), G Jahri Evans (fourth round, 2006) or WR Marques Colston (seventh road, 2006), Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis love taking advantage of the later rounds. Let's take a look at some potential late-round steals for the Saints in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.

Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

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Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

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McCullers stands at a towering 6-foot-7 and due to his size and strength, he is able to shed blockers left and right. His monstrous wingspan grants him the ability to wrap up ball carriers with ease. However, his mechanics as a defensive tackle are below average and may cause him to slide down to the third, fourth or even fifth round. The Saints could use some depth at the defensive line and McCullers could be their guy.

Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane

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Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane

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The wide receiver from New Orleans' own Tulane University has paws the size of Texas, his home state. He enters the draft with one of the best pair of hands out there. He is a two-time All-Conference USA first-team selection and may be one of the more underrated receivers in the draft. His potential to be a great slot receiver would fit in well after the departure of WR Lance Moore. Grant is projected to go in the sixth or seventh round.

Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

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Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

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New Orleans hosted a number of defensive backs yesterday, including CB Aaron Colvin. He was originally a first-round prospect, but an ACL tear in January's Senior Bowl caused him to miss the NFL scouting combine and quickly plummet down the draft boards. He is healing at a fast pace and may end up being one of the top steals on the last day at this year's draft. Even with a torn ACL, I think Colvin would be worth the risk.

Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

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Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

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At 6-foot-6 and 257 pounds, Hubbard would be able to switch back and fourth from the outside linebacker and defensive end positions. His pass rushing ability would be an excellent addition to Rob Ryan's aggressive style. We may see Hubbard fall to the fourth round, so don't be surprised if the New Orleans Saints decide to grab him to help beef up their army of a defense.

Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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Compared to Drew Brees by many, Murray could potentially be one the top steals for any team this year. He is currently healing from a gruesome knee injury that he suffered in November, so many teams will avoid him. The Saints have to start thinking life after Brees, so why not snag the all-time SEC leader in passing yards and touchdowns to be Drew Brees' apprentice for a few years. Grabbing him on the last day of the draft would be crucial.


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