This is version 2.0 of the WSDU Mock Saints Draft: 2-9-12
1st Round: NO 1ST ROUND PICK. TRADED TO NEW ENGLAND FOR A 2011 1ST ROUND SELECTION (Mark Ingram)
My original pick for the Saints in the 2nd round of the NFL draft was defensive end Shea McClellin from Boise State. I interviewed McClellin at the Senior Bowl and really liked him. The only problem is…McClellin weighed-in at only 248 pounds. So as much as I liked this guy he seems destined to be strictly a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
With new Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo keeping the Saints 4-3 scheme intact McClellin seems like a longshot pick for the Saints.
Reading up on ‘Spags’ it seems he’ll use less exotic blitzes than Gregg Williams did. Reports say Spagnuolo relies on getting pressure on the quarterback from his front 4 and dropping back in coverage. (think San Fran in the playoff game against the Saints).
To me, what this means is that Roman Harper will not lead the Saints in sacks like he did on 2011…and if he does the defense is in trouble!
Looking at the Saints defensive line I keep asking myself…do they have the guys to get the pressure Sapgnuolo wants? Can they line up with Will Smith, Sedrick Ellis, Cam Jordan and either Junior Galette or Greg Romeus and get to the QB? Will Mitch King emerge as a guy who can play significant snaps?
Basically, do the Saints need to add a DT or a DE in the draft? The simple asnwer is, yes!
2nd Round (59th Overall Pick):
Billy Winn/Defensive Tackle-Defensive End/Boise State
6’3, 295 lbs.
Version 1.0 Selection: Shea McClellin
WHY: I have no ties to Boise State but both of my picks for the Saints in version 1.0 and 2.0 are Broncos. Winn is a versitile, super productive college player who can play both DT and DE.
3rd Round (90th Overall Pick):
Sean Spence/Outside Linebacker/Miami
5’11, 225 lbs.
Version 1.0 Selection: Brian Quick/WR/Appalachian St.
WHY: A guy who did it all at Miami. Spence leaves “The U” with a stellar resume and reputation. Spence is another guy I interviewed at the Senior Bowl and was really impressed with. After one of the practices I had a chance to interview Redskins Head Coach Mike Shannahan (Washington’s staff was coaching the South team) and he said “the guy from Miami is all over the place.” I’ve already nicknamed Spence…”the defensive Darren Sproles”
Like the defensive line the Saints linebacking corps could also see some changes. Will Jonathan Vilma be released? Can Jo-Lonn Dunbar be re-signed as a starter? Is Martez Wilson ready to step-up and start? Is Will Herring just a special teams player? Spence could help solidify the weak-side for years to come.
4th Round (123rd 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. The only problem, Green may not make it to the 4th round of this year’s draft.
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):
Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota
Version 1.0 Selection: Hebron Fangupo/DT/BYU
WHY: Compton is a a small school diamond-in-the-rough lineman who could eventually follow in the footsteps of other small-school finds like Jermon Bushrod and Jahri Evans.
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)
Derek Moye/Wide Receiver/Penn State
6’4, 205 lbs.
Version 1.o Selection: Patrick Witt/QB/Yale
WHY: Why not? Another developmental wide receiver (who never got to use his skill set because of such poor QB play at Penn State) for offensive genius Sean Payton to work with.