New Orleans Saints 7-Round NFL Mock Draft, Late-April Edition

New Orleans Saints' 7-Round NFL Mock Draft, Late-April Edition

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With the return of Sean Payton in 2013 came the return of greatness to the New Orleans Saints. The team went from 7-9 without Payton to legitimate Super Bowl contenders with Payton back in the fold. That said, if the team really wants to continue improving, they will need to come away from the 2014 NFL Draft winners. With that in mind, here is a late-April edition of the New Orleans Saints' seven-round mock draft.

Round 1- Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

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Round 1- Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

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The Saints could certainly stand to add another pass-rusher, and in Dee Ford, the team would be getting just that. Ford has an excellent motor and the type of explosion and acceleration that is needed in elite pass-rushers. Ford could thrive if given the chance in New Orleans.

Round 2- Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

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Round 2- Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

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New Orleans has made the secondary a priority this offseason, bringing in guys like Champ Bailey and Jairus Byrd, as well as looking at several of the draft's top cornerbacks. Marcus Roberson is one of the players that the Saints should have their eye on. Despite not possessing elite-level athletic ability, Roberson uses his length and coverage ability well and could develop nicely for the Saints.

Round 3- Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

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Round 3- Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

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Losing Brian De La Puente opened a hole in the middle of the New Orleans offensive line. However, by picking up Travis Swanson here, the Saints would be patching that hole up nicely. Swanson isn't an elite athlete by any stretch, but he is adept at both run and pass blocking and could be a solid starter from day one.

Round 4- Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh

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Round 4- Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh

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Tom Savage's favorite target at Pittsburgh, Devin Street enters the NFL after a very productive college career. With Marques Colston aging, the Saints need to start looking for receivers, and Street could be the guy the Saints need. Like Colston, Street isn't a top-notch athlete, but Street's reliability is something the Saints could use.

Round 5- Devon Kennard, OLB, USC

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Round 5- Devon Kennard, OLB, USC

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Junior Galette and Parys Haralson are nice players for the Saints, but neither of those two players is as athletically gifted as USC's Devon Kennard. Kennard is a speedy, instinctive linebacker who could push either Galette or Haralson from day one.

Round 5- Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami

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Round 5- Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami

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Work ethic concerns aside, there's simply no doubting that Seantrel Henderson is an amazing athlete. While the Saints currently have Terron Armstead and Zach Strief manning the offensive tackle positions, the depth behind those two is questionable. Henderson could step right in and provide quality depth all while maturing as both a person and a player.

Round 6- De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

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Round 6- De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

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After the Saints traded playmaking Darren Sproles away, a need for a shifty playmaker was effectively opened in the Saints offense. De'Anthony Thomas fits that role superbly, as his speed, elusiveness and receiving ability are reminiscent of Sproles.


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