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NFL Mock Draft 2014: Saints Stick With Defense

With the 27th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints select...

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Since my first mock draft, several transactions have occurred around the league forcing a reshuffling of the order in which prospects are taken. However because teams have more than one need to fill, several different routes can be taken. I, for one, am more inclined to draft for future stability, so that is the basis for each team's selection.

1. Houston Texans - Jadaveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

4. Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

5. Oakland Raiders - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

6. Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

8. Minnesota Vikings - Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

9. Buffalo Bills - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

10. Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

11. Tennessee Titans - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

12. New York Giants - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

13. St. Louis Rams - Darqueze Denard, CB, Michigan State

14. Chicago Bears - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

16. Dallas Cowboys - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

17. Baltimore Ravens - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

18. New York Jets - Marqise Lee, WR, USC

19. Miami Dolphins - Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame

20. Arizona Cardinals - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

21. Philadelphia Eagles - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

22. Green Bay Packers - C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

25. San Diego Chargers - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

26. Cleveland Browns - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

27. New Orleans Saints - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Within the past week the Saints have found depth at the outside linebacker position by resigning Parys Haralson, at safety with Marcus Ball, who was brought up from the Canadian Football League, and more recently at the cornerback position by signing future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey.

The Bailey signing is interesting because it remains yet to be seen just how capable he is of holding a starting role. Therefore, it shouldn't have an impact on the Saints draft status at the cornerback position. He will be turning 36 this coming June, so his successor definitely needs to come from this plot of talented prospects.

Kyle Fuller sports a pretty good size at the cornerback position at 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. His game revolves around using his body in combination with his 4.49 speed and his jumping skills (he had a vertical jump of 38.5 inches at the Combine). Fuller is a raw talent, but his ceiling is high and he holds the potential to be a full-time starter with a little seasoning and mentoring from a legend.

28. Carolina Panthers - Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU

29. New England Patriots - Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

30. San Francisco 49ers - Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

31. Denver Broncos - Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA

32. Seattle Seahawks - Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt