Post-Byrd Mock Draft

Here's a quick Mock Draft after the Jairus Byrd signing hopefully reflecting a slight change in needs for the rest of the offseason.

In regards to the Byrd signing:

With the secondary situated to be one of the stronger units on the team and the Safety duo of Vaccaro and Byrd potentially constituting one of the best safety tandems in the league, it seems the Defense is primed to get better throughout the 2014 season. Ryan loves his 3-safety sets and having Vaccaro and Byrd as well as Rafael Bush in he backfield will augment the already greatly intimidating pass rush of Cameron Jordan, Junior Galette, and Akiem Hicks.

Note on the Defense:

Though the New Orleans defense, only two years removed from being the worst in league history, is transforming into something to truly be feared, there are still a few weak spots. First, the cornerback spot opposite Keenan Lewis has yet to be addressed and is currently held by Corey White. Though Corey White made some strides last season, he seems to be a better fit at the Nickel Corner Spot. Along with CB2, the linebacker unit in general needs added depth. Their seems to be four starters -- Junior Galette, David Hawthorne, Curtis Lofton, and Victor Butler (potentially). With Ramon Humber, Will Herring (UPDATE: signed by Dallas Cowboys), and Parys Haralson being free agents this offseason, the depth behind those individuals seems to be rather slim. With the Secondary and Linebacker units outlined, all that remains is the front line which seems to be both solid, young, and deep -- headlined by young pro-bowler Cameron Jordan along with ascending contributors John Jenkins and Akiem Hicks. Thus, it seems cornerback and linebacker remain the needs on defense.

Note on the Offense:

With such a big signing on defense, it's time to turn our attention to what the Saints are known for -- their potent Offensive attack. With the departure of Lance Moore (and Darren Sproles?) and the potential loss of both Center Brain De La Puente and Right Tackle Zach Strief, the obvious holes are at the Wide Receiver, Offensive Line, and Return Specialist positions. Additionally, though the Guard position is manned by pro-bowlers Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans, has little depth to speak of outside of second-year undrafted Tim Lelito. Thus, it seems like the Saints need to bolster the Offensive Line for Drew Brees to continue making his second Championship push as well as add a (preferably) speedy, explosive receiver threat. As for the receiver need, this draft is particularly deep at wide receiver and can probably offer a true 1st-round grade wide out come the 27th pick. The Offensive line seems more uncertain however, but the tackle depth seems good in the first three rounds and a quality Center should be available in the mid-rounds. Lastly, the Running Back, Tight End, and Quarterback units seems to be the stronger points of the offensive -- the Saints having the best Tight End duo in the league with Graham and Watson, having a promising stable of backs in Thomas, Robinson, and Ingram, and having the future Hall of Fame Quarterback Drew Brees (with Ryan Griffin in the wings).

Final List of needs:

1. Cornerback

2. Offensive Tackle

3. Wide Receiver

4. Center/Guard

5. Linebacker

It seems that the Cornerback and Offensive Tackle spots are the only ones in need of a true starter, while the Wide Receiver, Center, Guard, and Linebacker spots would be best served with rotational/depth players.

Round 1: Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State


Other Options:

Jason Verrett, Cornerback, TCU

Ryan Shazier, Outside Linebacker, Ohio State

Zach Martin, Offensive Tackle/Guard, Notre Dame

Round 2: Morgan Moses, Offensive Tackle, Virginia


Other Options:

Jack Mewhort, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

Weston Richburg, Center, Colorado State

Jordan Mathews, Wide Receiver, Vanderbilt

Round 3: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Cornerback, Nebraska


Round 4: Adrian Hubbard, Outside Linebacker, Alabama


Round 5a: James Hurst, Offensive Tackle, North Carolina


Round 5b: Bryan Stork, Center, Florida State


Round 6: De'Anthony Thomas, Offensive Weapon, Oregon


This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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