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Mel Kiper Mock Draft: Saints Select DL Sharrif Floyd

Finally a mock draft that doesn't have the Saints selecting Johnathan Hankins.


Draft guru Mel Kiper released the second edition of his 2013 mock draft yesterday. And like his previous mock, he's got the Saints taking a defensive lineman in the first round.

Instead of Ohio St. defensive tackle John Hankins, however, the Saints take Sharrif Floyd out of Florida. Here's a little bit more about Floyd and Kiper's take on the selection:

COLLEGE: Florida

AGE: 20

HT: 6-3

WT: 303


Analysis: Few players finished the season on a higher note. Floyd was a star out of high school, and has moved around a bit on the defensive line. Because he has some decent pass-rushing skills, and a lot of quickness for his frame, Florida had him over the tackle and the benefit was clear. Floyd had great lower-body strength and can drive O-lineman into the pocket, but he also has powerful hands and moves well to disengage and come free. The Saints are desperate for help on the defensive line, and Floyd can provide balance, as a big, powerful pass-rusher who knows how to identify and use leverage against the run.

Floyd definitely sounds like the player the Saints need but 15th overall might be a little high to take him. He never cracked the first round in Kiper's last mock draft, but I've seen him listed in the middle of the first round in others.

How are you guys feeling about this potential draft selection for the Saints?