2014 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints 7-Round Mock, Final Edition

Saints' Seven-Round Mock Draft

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After a great but dizzying offseason, the New Orleans Saints will be turning to the 2014 NFL Draft to fill the holes left by departed veterans. It seems as if the Black and Gold are all in for the upcoming year, so let's take a look at what Sean Payton's team could do next weekend in this finalized, seven-round mock draft.

Round 1, 27th Overall: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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Round 1, 27th Overall: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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Even with the signing of Champ Bailey, the Saints are still in need of a cornerback after the departure of Jabari Greer. Verrett is an explosive athlete with excellent man-to-man skills and quick feet to jump routes and make the interception. He is undersized at 5-foot-9 but recently said that smaller Pro Bowl-caliber guys like Captain Munnerlyn, Tyrann Mathieu and Brent Grimes motivate him even more to make big plays.

Round 2, 58th Overall: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

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Round 2, 58th Overall: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

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Odell Beckham Jr's partner in crime at LSU, Jarvis Landry can fill that hole in the slot left behind by WR Lance Moore. He is a sure-handed possession receiver (able to get in the air and make the highlight-reel catch) with excellent route running skills which make him an outstanding target for Drew Brees. When Landry lines up, he has the potential to be a zone coverage nightmare.

Round 3, 91st Overall: Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah

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Round 3, 91st Overall: Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah

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The Saints are looking to target another player to exert pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and Reilly may very well be the guy for the job. He is a quick, edge, 3-4 pass rusher who excels best in a two-point stance. His size and speed give him the ability to play both linebacker and defensive end and help him control blockers when after the quarterback. Trevor Reilly would be a perfect fit in Rob Ryan's aggressive defense.

Round 4, 126th Overall: Dri Archer, RB, Kent State

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Round 4, 126th Overall: Dri Archer, RB, Kent State

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At the NFL Scouting Combine, Archer just missed Chris Johnson's 40-yard dash time record after recording a 4.26. He is a small, quick, versatile athlete with quick feet and hands to excel as a slot receiver, or even better, as a screen-pass option coming out of the backfield. Who does that sound like? Sounds like Darren Sproles to me (another guy the Saints will be looking to replace in the draft).

Round 5, 167th Overall: Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane

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Round 5, 167th Overall: Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane

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From New Orleans' very own Tulane University, we have WR Ryan Grant. His head coach at Tulane, Curtis Johnson was the Saints' wide receivers coach from 2006-2011. Grant has paws the size of Texas (his home state) and enters the 2014 NFL Draft as one of the most underrated wideouts. His 10-inch hands and superb route running skills could make him a serious threat in the Saints' offense. He could be one of the steals in this year's draft.

Round 5, 169th Overall: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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Round 5, 169th Overall: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

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Aaron Murray's size, play and mechanics have drawn many comparisons to his favorite quarterback, Drew Brees. The SEC's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns left the 2013 season with a brutal injury, which has caused him to plummet down draft boards. Murray said he would love to learn behind Drew Brees for a few years, and it's about time the Saints start planning for the future. Georgia's QB could be a huge steal in the later rounds.

Round 6, 202nd Overall (Saints' Last Pick): Bryan Stork, C, Florida State

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Round 6, 202nd Overall (Saints' Last Pick): Bryan Stork, C, Florida State

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Bryan Stork blocked his way to a championship in 2013 and even won the Rimington Trophy (nation's top center), but his short arms and lack of ideal strength is what will cause him to fall to the end of the draft. New Orleans is in desperate need of a center after losing Brian de la Puente to free agency, so they may target one early. However, the Saints love holding off and waiting on their linemen (Zach Strief, Jahri Evans).






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