Yes, it’s WAY too early for any kind of Saints mock draft…but who cares, I’m doing one anyway.
***I’m also writing this assuming that the Saints will re-sign offensive guard Carl Nicks….and that Steve Spagnuolo (or Jack Del Rio or a 4-3 scheme coach) will be hired as the team’s defensive coordinator. If these two things don’t happen then this mock draft will change greatly***
1st Round: NO 1ST ROUND PICK. TRADED TO NEW ENGLAND FOR A 2011 1ST ROUND SELECTION (Mark Ingram)
2nd Round (61st Overall Pick):
Shea McClellin/Defensive End/Boise State
WHY: In my 2011 Saints mock draft I had the Saints selecting University of Arizona DE Brooks Reed in the 1st round. I thought Reed would help the Saints pass rush as a situtational rusher. Cam Jordan was too good to pass up in 2011 but he’s not an elite pass rusher. If Steve Spagnuolo is hired as Saints defensive coordinator…a player like McClellin in the 2nd round makes sense to me. Spagnuolo used multiple DE’s on his defensive line in 2007 while with the Giants to put more pressure on the quarterback. I could easily see a defensive line rotation with McClellin being used as a rush specialist.
Other Possible 2nd Round Picks for Saints in 2012:
-Undersized playmaker who excelled at “The U” for 4 seasons.
-A safe pick who can play multiple LB positions. Possible replacment for Jonathan Vilma if JV becomes a salary cap casualty.
3rd Round (92nd Overall Pick):
Brian Quick/Wide Receiver/Appalachian State
WHY: A big (6’4), productive college player who could help ease the pain of losing Marques Colston or Robert Meachem….or both.
4th Round (124th Overall Pick):
Ladarius Green, Tight End, Louisiana-Lafayette
WHY: With Dave Thomas’ future uncertain due to multiple concussions it would not hurt the Saints to draft another tight end. Green can create mismatches and would add yet another weapon to the Payton/Brees arsenal.
5th Round (156th Overall Pick):
WHY: Frey has been super productive at Nevada and would add depth to a position group that may lose Tracy Porter to free agency.
6th Round (166th Overall Pick):
Hebron Fangupo, DT, BYU
6th Round 187 th Overall (From Redskins, part of Jammal Brown deal)
Janzen Jackson/Safety/McNeese State
WHY: A Lake Charles resident (and former Tennessee Volunteer) who a year ago was a can’t miss 2nd-3rd round talent is worth the risk in the 6th round. If Jackson has dealt with all his off-the-field issues the Saints are getting a steal.
7th Round (219th Overall Pick)
WHY: Why not? Sean Payton loves developing quarterbacks. Witt is a Rhodes scholar who started his career at the University of Nebraska and reportedly has all the physical tools needed to compete for an NFL roster spot.
***The Saints are also getting an undisclosed draft pick from the Miami Dolphins for Reggie Bush but the teams have not released details of that selection.***
2012 Hornets Mock Draft
As I type this the Hornets and Wizards have the worst records in the NBA. As part of the Chris Paul trade the Hornets also acquired the Minnesota Timberwolves 1st round draft pick in 2012. The T’wolves selection is projected to be a top 10 pick. The NBA lottery is unpredictable but right now, based on records, the Hornets would own the #2 and the #9 pick in the NBA draft.
Hornets Mock Draft:
1st Round (2nd Overall Pick)
Harrison Barnes/Small Forward/North Carolina
6’8, 210 lbs.
WHY: Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis seems to be the clear cut #1 choice but I think Barnes is the better player. A lot of people also like UConn big man Andre Drummond. But If the Hornets were picking 1st/2nd/3rd I’d take Barnes. He’s a smart, classy kid who can immediately become the face of the franchise. Harrison Barnes is a scoring machine with the potential to be a good defender. One NBA expert says at best he’s a bigger Dwyane Wade…at worst he’s Danny Granger. I’m good with that!!! I’m also more of a fan of guys who can play right now at a high level than long term projects…so while I see the enormous potential of Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond…when I think of them I think of former draft prospects just like them…Anthony Randolph and DeMarcus Cousins.
1st Round (9th Overall Pick)
Meyers Leonard/Center/University of Illinois
7’0, 240 lbs.
WHY: I’d love to think the Hornets could get a player like Thomas Robinson from Kansas at #9….but by the time the NCAA season ends Robinson may be a lock as a top 5 pick….so unless the Hornets luck out in the lottery and have two top five selections Robinson may be an impossible acquisition. My prediction…Robinson earns NCAA player of the year honors and goes top 3 (like Arizona’s Derrick Williams in 2011). After watching the Baylor/Kansas game the other night I was blown away by this guy. Reports also say Robinson is a class act with a work ethic second to none.
With that said…my pick for the Hornets at #9 is Leonard. The guy reminds me of Tyson Chandler. A crazy athletic big man who’s offensive game is encouraging and who can play defense (which Monty Williams loves) immediately.
***I should also add that I’m a huge fan of St. Mary’s PG Matthew Dellavedova. I know some people think he’s exactly the same player as Greivis Vasquez but I disagree. I think he has a chance to be more Steve Nash-like. I know comparing anyone to Nash is crazy but I really like this guy. If the Gaels make a run deep into the NCAA tournament (which is likely) don’t be surprised if this Aussie leaves school for the NBA draft…and hopefully the Hornets see something special and pick him to run the show in NOLA.
So, if the Hornets make several trades before the NBA trade deadline in March to acquire more 1st round picks (probably a late lottery pick for Kaman/Landry and a late 1st rounder for Ariza/Jack)***
1st Round (Possible late lottery pick acquired via a trade)
Matthew Dellavedova/Point Guard/ St. Mary’s College of California
6’4, 185 lbs.
If the Hornets aren’t sold on Dellavedova:
Thomas Machado/Point Guard/Iona
6’1, 180 lbs.
WHY: America’s best college point guard? Based on stats…yes! The Hornets need a young floor leader and if Matthew Dellavedova does not enter the draft or if the Hornets are not sold on him than Machado should be the guy.
1st Round (late 1st round pick acquired via a trade)
Tomas Satoransky/Shooting Guard/Czech Republic
6’7, 205 lbs.
WHY: Maybe the best international player in the draft.
PG: Matthew Dellavedova (backup: Greivis Vasquez, Tomas Satoransky)
SG: Eric Gordon (backup: Xavier Henry, Tomas Satoransky)
SF: Harrison Barnes (backup: Al-Farouq Aminu)
PF: Gustavo Ayon (backup: Jason Smith)
C: Meyers Leonard (backup: Emeka Okafor)
*Kaman, Landry, Ariza and Jack go in trades….which hopefully bring back picks and young players. If future blog I’ll breakdown some trades and young players the Hornets could receive for veteran players.