That's right, folks, it's that time of year again when I rise from the grave to remind everyone I was totally right when I said we should've waited to draft Bilal Powell instead of going for Ingram, and to make some wildly inaccurate picks much to the chagrin of everyone on CSC. So grab a cold one or 12 as I predict the New Orleans Saints' 2014 NFL Draft!
Round 1, pick 32: Khalil Mack, DE/LB, Buffalo- The Saints need a new Defensive End. Will Smith will be a free agent in 2014, and there's pretty much no chance the Saints re-sign him. Khalil Mack played Linebacker at Buffalo, but at 6'3 and 248 pounds, he could easily make the switch to Defensive End in Rob Ryan's defense.
Round 2, pick 64: Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami- The Saints' running game is awful enough as it is, but the O-Line is making it even worse. Zach Strief, Brian De La Puente, and Charles Brown will all be free agents this season, and it's unlikely all of them will be re-signed. Seantrel Henderson has been compared to Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Pace, and could potentially start in his rookie year alongside Terron Armstead.
Round 3, pick 96: Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville- Yeah, yeah, I know what happened last time we drafted a DB from Louisville. But Saints fans are calling for Roman Harper's head, and Malcolm Jenkins is likely to be a free agent casualty, so the Saints need someone to complement Kenny Vacarro next year, and Hakeem Smith has proved a key player on Louisville's defense.
Round 4, pick 128: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State- Although Running Back is a big issue for the Saints, there are other holes to be filled, so its unlikely for us to draft a Running Back before this point. Carlos Hyde's draft stock dropped a little because of his three-game suspension, but he's done well with the second chance he's been given, with huge games against Northwestern and Iowa. You could argue a case for Michael Dyer or D'Anthony Thomas, but neither of them are likely to fall this far in the draft.
Round 5, pick 160: Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado State- Brian De La Puente is one of the Offensive Lineman facing free agency this year. I think we'll retain him, but just in case, we need to start grooming a successor. Weston Richburg is an incredibly talented Center and we'd be lucky to grab him here.
Round 6, pick 192: Charles Sawyer, CB, Ole Miss- We're stronger than we've been in a while at this position, but we could still use another guy. Charles Sawyer is a talent, but his DUI arrest and falling below Mike Hilton on the depth chart have hurt his stock tremendously, but with his athletic ability, he's worth the risk.
The Saints seventh round pick was traded to San Fransisco.