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5 Worst-Case Scenarios for New Orleans Saints’ First-Round Draft Pick

5 Worst-Case Scenarios for New Orleans Saints' First-Round Draft Pick

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With the No. 27 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints will have the opportunity to address one of the team's biggest needs on the field. A cornerback, wide receiver or pass rusher (OLB, DE) are all likely scenarios. Given those three positions, let's break down the worst-case scenarios for the Black and Gold's first-round pick.

5. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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5. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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Lee's speed and athletic ability could serve him well in Sean Payton's high-powered offense, but an injury-prone past makes him a risky option. His body is not built to withstand too much punishment and could become a durability issue. There are much better options at the receiver position in a draft that is loaded with wideouts.

4. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

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4. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

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Lawrence lacks the bulk to be a defensive end and the speed to be a linebacker, but there is always room for growth. He was suspended on three separate occasions for violating team rules while at Boise State. Sean Payton is not the type of coach to be put up with poor off field behavior. Higher quality pass rushers will be available at No. 27.

3. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

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3. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

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Standing at 6-foot-5, Benjamin could make an immediate impact as a red zone target. However, his lack of speed and subpar route running skills make him a bad fit for New Orleans' offense. Due to his slowness and size, Benjamin may have more success as a tight end in the NFL, but the Saints are already fully loaded at that position.

2. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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2. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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Fuller could be a successful corner in the NFL, but his strength and man-to-man coverage skills are limited, Since Rob Ryan landed in the Big Easy, the Saints have become much more aggressive in their secondary. Fuller simply lacks the qualities to excel in the New Orleans defense.

1. Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

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1. Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

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Ford's relatively small stature will likely result in a switch to outside linebacker. His pass rush ability is undeniable, but a 4-3 scheme may be a better fit. Ford has never made it through an entire season healthy and will be a risky option for any team. Targeting Ohio State's Ryan Shazier or BYU's Kyle Van Noy may be a wiser choice for Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis.