2016 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints Pre-Combine Seven-Round Mock

By Jason Shawley

The New Orleans Saints were one of the NFL‘s elite teams just a few years ago, but with the league’s 31st-ranked defense and an aging star at quarterback, every draft pick is crucial if they want to rise quickly back to the top.

2016 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints Pre-Combine Seven-Round Mock
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1. A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama Credit: Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
The Saints' defense has a lot of holes to fill and it all starts up front. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is 35 years old and an upcoming free agent, so they'll likely be looking for an interior lineman early in the draft.

1. A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

The Saints' defense has a lot of holes to fill and it all starts up front. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is 35 years old and an upcoming free agent, so they'll likely be looking for an interior lineman early in the draft.

2. Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State Credit: Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
An improved pass rush should help the Saints' embarrassing secondary look a little better, and the nation's sack leader should still be on the board. Nassib is projected to go in the second or third round and may be the top-ranked end at this point.

2. Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

An improved pass rush should help the Saints' embarrassing secondary look a little better, and the nation's sack leader should still be on the board. Nassib is projected to go in the second or third round and may be the top-ranked end at this point.

3. Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State

Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State Credit: Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Sports Images
Drew Brees is still one of the most productive passers in the league, though the team has been trying to run the ball more. Sean Payton may be looking to add an interior lineman to help the cause.

3. Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State

Drew Brees is still one of the most productive passers in the league, though the team has been trying to run the ball more. Sean Payton may be looking to add an interior lineman to help the cause.

4. Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia

Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia Credit: Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
There's no question the team will add to the secondary at some point in the draft. Canady has the size and athleticism of an NFL corner. He just needs to work on erratic footwork and improve on his below-average strength.

4. Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia

There's no question the team will add to the secondary at some point in the draft. Canady has the size and athleticism of an NFL corner. He just needs to work on erratic footwork and improve on his below-average strength.

5. Jatavis Brown, OLB, Akron

Jatavis Brown, OLB, Akron Credit: Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Sports Images
New Orleans will likely be adding at each level on the defense, and Jatavis Brown has great explosion and is a hard-hitter. He's undersized, but the Saints have found past success with similar players.

5. Jatavis Brown, OLB, Akron

New Orleans will likely be adding at each level on the defense, and Jatavis Brown has great explosion and is a hard-hitter. He's undersized, but the Saints have found past success with similar players.

6. Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky

Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky Credit: Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Drew Brees probably isn't going anywhere so there's no need for an early-round quarterback, though backups Matt Flynn and Luke McCown are free agents. The front office may opt to take a flyer on a guy in the draft, possibly finding their future.

6. Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky

Drew Brees probably isn't going anywhere so there's no need for an early-round quarterback, though backups Matt Flynn and Luke McCown are free agents. The front office may opt to take a flyer on a guy in the draft, possibly finding their future.

7. Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois

Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois Credit: Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Sports Images
The Saints still have offensive talent but they'll want to add a little depth. Geronimo Allison was a JUCO transfer that had a breakout senior season at Illinois. He may be worth taking a chance on in the late rounds.

7. Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois

The Saints still have offensive talent but they'll want to add a little depth. Geronimo Allison was a JUCO transfer that had a breakout senior season at Illinois. He may be worth taking a chance on in the late rounds.

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