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Not so Early Mock!


I'm going to do a full Mock here. And I have 7 picks in 6 rounds.

1st round with the 27th pick I have

OLB KYLE VAN NOY

BYU

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Has a muscular, well-proportioned build. Quick get-off. Knifes gaps. Good pass-rush ability -- can push the pocket or pressure the edge. Keeps working to the quarterback and has deceptive closing speed. Eyes the quarterback and tries to get his hands in the passing lane. Athletic with good movement skills in all directions -- equipped to keep pace with backs and tight ends in coverage. Is rangy and can open up his stride and run vertical. Glides on the field. Scheme versatile. Football smart.

WEAKNESSES

Lacks elite length and flexibility to bend and flatten. Average instincts and diagnose. Still developing eye discipline. Needs to cultivate a more sophisticated arsenal of pass-rush moves. Leaves some production on the field. Leaves his feet to tackle and slips off the ball carrier. Hit-or-miss run defender. Could stand to improve his upper-body strength and stack-and-shed ability. Average motor -- could pursue with more urgency.

2nd Round I have with the 58th pick

CB KEITH MCGILL

UTAH

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Rare size with extremely long arms -- looks every bit the part. Very good athletic ability. Versatile and can play safety or corner.

WEAKNESSES

Lacks the physicality and toughness desired at safety. Does not support the run aggressively or play to his size. Average transitional quickness. Still has some junior-college habits. Footwork needs refinement.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 2-3

BOTTOM LINE

Big, athletic, press-man corner who can excite scouts when they get an up-close look at his movement skills. However, he has a junior-college background, does not play to his size and will need to be managed closely to maximize his talent. Appears destined for Pete Carroll's defense.

Pete Carroll's Defense, not if I had anything to do with it.

3rd round I have with the 91st pick

WR JARVIS LANDRY

LSU

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Good balance and body control. Savvy route runner -- uses stems and nods and works back to throws. Confident hands-catcher -- snatches throws off his frame. Extends and high points. Attacks throws and wins "50-50" balls. Makes some spectacular, acrobatic grabs. Good concentration and toughness over the middle. Does not go down without a fight after the catch. Willing blocker. Lined up outside and inside. Likes to compete and it shows. Has special-teams experience covering kicks. Team captain.

WEAKNESSES

Has a fairly lean frame -- could stand to bulk up and get stronger in order to combat the jam. Lacks elite explosiveness and top-end speed -- does not have an extra gear to take the top off. Average line release, acceleration and suddenness. Could struggle to separate vs. quick-twitch cornerbacks. Large percentage of catches are contested. Lacks ideal height and is not a great leaper. Started just 12 career games.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 2-3

BOTTOM LINE

Polished, quarterback-friendly, sure-handed possession receiver with a flare for the highlight-reel catch. Could be an effective No. 3 option, capable of lining up as a "Z" or slot, working short-to-intermediate and beating zone coverage.

in the 4th round with the 122nd pick I had some conflicting interest. I liked Marcus Martin out of USC, but he hurt his knee, in Nov., didn't play in his bowl game, and only participated in the bench press at the combine, so I went with another SEC player instead.

Travis Swanson, Of Arkansas.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Functional base in pass protection. Can work his hips and seal and execute combo blocks. Aware and alert -- good in-line reactions. Durable and battle-tested -- started all 50 games of his career and has experience locking horns with NFL-caliber defensive tackles. Highly respected two-time captain. Intelligent vocal leader with outstanding football character.

WEAKNESSES

Needs to bulk up his frame and get stronger. Limited push, power and explosion -- too often content to stalemate. Does not play with a load in his hands. Tends to bend at the waist, lean and fall off blocks. Spends too much time on the ground. Struggles to sustain on the second level. Center only.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 3-4

NFL COMPARISON

Kyle Cook

BOTTOM LINE

Experienced, dependable pivot who lacks starter-caliber power and athleticism. Lack of versatility hurts his chances, and he will have to survive on smarts, leadership and competitiveness.

Now in the 5th round we have 2 picks, via Sproles trade...

With the 155th pick I have

Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska. I love all the developmental potential of this prospect, and would be an immediate contributor on special teams.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Outstanding size and length to mix it up with bigger receivers. Good balance and body control. Jumps routes. Has good hands to intercept and can highpoint throws. Flashes functional strength to reroute receivers, discard blocks and tackle ball carriers. Very productive on the ball in limited time as a starter -- 21 pass PBUs and 6 INTs in 17 starts at Nebraska. Works to get better and made strides as a senior.

WEAKNESSES

Stiff hips. Is not a quick-twitch athlete and struggles to mirror sudden receivers. Lacks elite top-end speed (long-strider). Green positional instincts. Picks and chooses his spots to be physical -- inconsistent run defender. Has tweener traits. Football aptitude is lacking -- could struggle to grasp and execute complex assignments. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 4-5

BOTTOM LINE

A receiver-turned-cornerback in a safety’s body, Jean-Baptiste looks the part and has intriguing ball skills, strength and upside, though he lacks elite athletic ability, is smoother than he is sudden and does not consistently play to his size. Workout numbers will dictate his ultimate role and draft value, but on tape shows skills to warrant developmental consideration from teams employing press or Cover 2.

And with the 157th pick I have Marcus Smith, Louisville.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Nice bend, balance and body control. Good pass-rush ability and potential. Quick first step. Coordinated hands and feet. Athletic and agile -- can stunt and loop. Flashes a spin move. Shows burst to close and get home. Moves well laterally. Gives effort in pursuit and ranges all over the field. Operated from 2- and 3-point stance. Solid character. Is coachable and has improved steadily.

WEAKNESSES

Lacks ideal length -- plays short-armed and can be locked up by larger blockers. Short initial steps. Still crafting a wider array of counters and pass-rush moves. Still learning to convert speed to power. Work in progress as a run defender. Does not set a hard edge and can do a better job using his hands to disengage quicker. Needs to become a more violent hands fighter. Limited experience playing in reverse.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 3-4

BOTTOM LINE

A high school quarterback turned pass rusher who broke out with 14.5 sacks as a senior (1.12 sacks-per-game average led nation), Smith projects as a pass-rushing, 3-4 right outside linebacker in the pros. Should contribute initially on passing downs and has eventual starter potential as his game becomes more well-rounded.

I'm thinking he'll drop this far, and would be a good developmental prospect and for depth.

And finally in the 6th round, our final pick the 186th I have

K CAIRO SANTOS

TULANE

STRENGTHS

Takes a consistent approach and is consistenly accurate from inside 50 with range to 60 yards. Good leg speed. Has shown he can handle pressure and come through in the clutch -- converted game-winning kicks vs. North Texas and East Carolina in back-to-back weeks. Good work ethic. Four-year starter. Can serve as an emergency punter.

WEAKNESSES

Tiny-framed. Average rise and lift. Marginal follow-through. Lacks power to drive the ball on kickoffs. Could stand to speed up his approach. Placement and hang-time on kickoffs has room for improvement. Benefited from kicking indoors.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 6-7

BOTTOM LINE

Brazilian-born, right-footed, 3-by-2, soccer-style kicker captured the Lou Groza award after converting all 21 field goals as a junior and has gradually improved his leg strength.

So there you have it Saints Fans. What do you think?!?!?



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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