***WE AT WDSU BELIEVE THE SAINTS WILL TRADE UP BEFORE THEIR 1st SELECTION ON SATURDAY APRIL 26TH*****
It’s our opinion the Saints will try to trade up to the #2 spot (St. Louis), the #7 spot (New England) or the #8 spot (Baltimore) and grab either LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey or USC defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.
Saints GM Mickey Loomis has all but said the team is trying to trade up to the #2 spot for LSU DT Glenn Dorsey.
Draft picks could also be part of a trade to acquire TE Jeremy Shockey from the New York Giants. This is a trade we feel will happen.
But, assuming the team keeps the #10 overall pick and does not lose any choices through a Shockey trade here’s how our mock draft breaks down:
ROUND 1: Pick #10
Ryan Clady, Offensive Tackle, Boise State
WHY: Getting an OT like Clady, you get a player who will anchor your offensive line for a decade.
Crazy pick? Some people would say so. But, remember last year? While most experts were saying the Saints would take CB Aaron Ross or another defensive player we were saying all along that the Saints would select a WR in the first round.
QUICK BIO: Has a rare blend of size and athleticism and was born to protect the quarterbacks blind side…Has all the physical tools you look for and he’s the best pure left tackle prospect in this draft…A sure-fire Top 10-15 pick.
ROUND 2: Pick #40
Trevor Laws, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
WHY: If the Saints don’t trade up for Dorsey or Ellis they’ll have to address their depth on the defensive line and their are plenty of solid guys who’ll be available in round 2. We believe Laws is the best of the bunch.
QUICK BIO: Finished 49-0 as a state champion super-heavyweight wrestler as a junior…Was ranked as the #1 high school wrestler in the nation…Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota..Played defensive tackle for the first 3 years of his college career and moved outside to end as a senior when the Irish transitioned to a 3-4…Notched an amazing 112 tackles as a senior, which matched the total of his three previous years combined…Could project to either tackle or end at the next level depending on the scheme…Doesn’t have all the physical tools you look for but his intangibles are top-rate.
ROUND 3: Pick #78
Ali Highsmith, Outside Linebacker, LSU
WHY: Scott Shanle is the Saints starter but getting a young player to push him and perhaps replace him is a good idea. Plus, newly signed free agent Dan Morgan may never play again. I’ve been a fan of Ali for years and though his pre-draft workouts have dropped him into the mid-rounds, I think he’s going to excell in the NFL.
QUICK BIO: Classic weakside prospect who is equally effective against the run as well as in coverage and could excel in the right situation.
NO 4TH ROUND PICK: (Selection Traded To N.Y. Jets for Jonathan Vilma)
ROUND 5: Pick #146
Corey Lynch, Free Safety, Appalachian State
WHY: Because if I see Josh Bullocks get burned on another deep pass I might puke! Back-up Kevin Kaesviharn is just that, a back-up! It might be a little early for Lynch but given the fact that the Saints have had such success finding small school gems, we feel this is a solid pick for the 5th round.
QUICK BIO: A three-time All-American….23 career interceptions. Prolific and productive small school star. May not have all the physical tools you look for but makes up for it by doing all of the little things.
ROUND 6: Pick #178
Brian Witherspoon, Cornerback, Stillman College
WHY: Because the Saints need depth at the cornerback position.
QUICK BIO: Also a Division II Track All-American at Stillman and he even played some baseball for the Tigers as well….Might be more of a track guy playing football than the other way around but when you’re as fast as he is it almost guarantees you a serious look from pro scouts. An intriguing developmental prospect who might be a perfect candidate for the practice squad.
ROUND 7: Pick #218
Danny Woodhead, Runningback, Chadron State
WHY: If anyone can find a way to use this guy, it’s Sean Payton!
QUICK BIO: He has been prolific at every level so far but the NFL is a different animal….A phenomenal college player (109 career touchdowns) with a lot of hype but just does not project well as a prospect…Will have to try and make it as a 3rd down back / situational guy and return specialist.
More possible late round selections or free agent signees.
3 guys the Saints should sign as free agents if they go undrafted. These 3 players could also be picked up in rounds 6 or 7 and easily replace Witherspoon & Woodhead in my mock draft.
Caleb Campbell, Strong Safety, Army
WHY: A potential back-up for Roman Harper.
QUICK BIO: A very good player and the best pro prospect Army has had in many years. Developmental type who’s underrated and could at least be a quality backup and special teamer. Would not have to fulfill his service commitment in the traditional sense if he made an NFL roster
Paul Smith, Quarterback, University of Tulsa
Mark Nicolet, Quarterback, Hillsdale College
WHY: Both are born leaders who could in time really develop under guys like Sean Payton and Drew Brees.