This is the part of our community mock draft that everyone has been patiently waiting for. Who will that crazy bastard Dave pick for the our team?
Fortunately for the Saints, there was a nice little run on quarterbacks earlier in the first round of our mock draft. That pushed some legit talent down the board and left the Saints with some darn good options. Way better options than I expect to be available this Thursday night during the actual draft. As fans, we can only hope the real deal plays out this way.
At this point there were really only two players to even consider as options here the way things played out: Kyle Fuller and Odell Beckham, Jr.. Both players are universally expected to be drafted sooner than 27th overall, which makes this a great value pick no matter who you choose. So why take Fuller over the local favorite ODB? It's a matter of need, quite simply, and the Saints need a cornerback more than they do a wide receiver.
Behind Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston, who caught for over 2,100 yards together last season, the Saints have Kenny Stills just waiting to blow up in his sophomore year. Joe Morgan will also definitely contribute, assuming his knee recovery goes well. Of course we can expect minor contributions from Robert Meachem and let's not forget the pass-catching prowess of Pierre Thomas.
Long story short, the Saints are going to be fine in the receiving game, as they always are. Besides, if you believe the popular off-season narrative that the Saints are moving to a more balanced offense, they won't be relying on their receivers nearly as much. That, in turn, should allow them to be more effective.
At cornerback, however, the pickings are slim behind entrenched starter Keenan Lewis. Champ Bailey is a total question mark and obviously not a long-term solution. Corey White is a solid nickel at best, in my humble opinion. We've yet to see whether Patrick Robinson can finally flourish under Rob Ryan, but I'm not optimistic. That's pretty much it. I don't think we can reasonably expect anything significant from any of the other cornerbacks on the roster.
I'm not saying the Saints wouldn't benefit greatly from a big, flashy wide receiver. But when it comes to depth, the difference between the two positions is vast.
Plus, this is a draft deep with wide receiver talent. The Saints can easily find another potential starting-caliber wide receiver in the second round, especially if they want to get aggressive and trade up from the 54th overall spot. A move I'd be in favor of.
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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
|2||St. Louis Rams||DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina||Kevin Sean Held||57%|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M||Alex Swift||59%|
|4||Cleveland Browns||WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson||Shadow Flash||80%|
|5||Oakland Raiders||LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo||Khannar||71%|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||OT Greg Robinson - Auburn||Dave Choate||80%|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB Blake Bortles - UCF||russty||31%|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||CB Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma St.||JackMarzullo||50%|
|9||Buffalo Bills||OT Jake Matthews - Texas A&M||Letloosethedogsofwar||88%|
|10||Detroit Lions||WR Mike Evans - Texas A&M||Monkey Poop Battle||49%|
|11||Tennessee Titans||LB Anthony Barr - UCLA||Lostastic||60%|
|12||NY Giants||TE Eric Ebron - UNC||Khannar||78%|
|13||St. Louis Rams||S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama||hooahsaint2.0||74%|
|14||Chicago Bears||NT Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh||BlackandGold4ever||82%|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||NT Louis Nix III - Notre Dame||saintmanumit||36%|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||DE Kony Ealy - Missouri||Ryan Edwards||63%|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan||Tee Word||66%|
|18||NY Jets||CB Darqueze Dennard - Michigan State||Monkey Poop Battle||62%|
|19||Miami Dolphins||OL Zack Martin - Notre Dame||Letloosethedogsofwar||74%|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||QB Derek Carr - Fresno State||Alex Swift||72%|
|21||Green Bay Packers||S Calvin Pryor - Louisville||BlackandGold4ever||81%|
|22||Philadelphia Eagles||WR Marqise Lee - USC||organictallman|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||WR Brandin Cooks - Oregon St.||coldpizza|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||DT Ra'Shede Hageman - Minnesota||coldpizza|
|25||San Diego Chargers||WR Kelvin Benjamin - Florida St.||Lostastic|
|26||Cleveland Browns||ILB C.J. Mosley - Alabama||Shadow Flash|
|27||New Orleans Saints||CB Kyle Fuller - Virginia Tech||Dave Cariello|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Ryan Edwards|
|29||New England Patriots||Shadow Flash|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||saintmanumit|
|31||Denver Broncos||Alex Swift|