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NFL Mock Draft 2014: New Orleans Saints Select Kyle Fuller

With the twenty-seventh overall pick in the 2014 Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft, the New Orleans Saints (represented by Dave Cariello) select...

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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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Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2014 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Houston Texans QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Tee Word 30%
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
31 Denver Broncos
Alex Swift
32 Seattle Seahawks