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Todd McShay Mock Draft 2015: Beasley, Dorsett to the Saints in First Round

In his fifth mock, Todd McShay has Clemson LB and Miami (FL) WR Phillip Dorsett going to New Orleans in the first round at 13 and 31, respectively.

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McShay Comments:

13) Vic BeasleyNew Orleans Saints (7-9)

COLLEGE: Clemson Class: Sr HT: 6-3 WT: 246 POS: OLB

Analysis: I have Beasley ranked as the No. 41 prospect on my board, but I know many evaluators are higher on him than I am. He was incredibly productive at Clemson and blew the doors off the combine with an exceptional workout, but the lack of physicality and power to his game is concerning to me. Still, the Saints' biggest need is at pass-rusher, and Beasley has the potential to be a good one.

31) Phillip Dorsett - New Orleans Saints (7-9)


Class: Sr HT: 5-9 WT: 185 POS: WR

Analysis: The Saints got a pass-rusher in Vic Beasley with the No. 13 pick, so we'll have them address another need by drafting a wide receiver here. They need to get Drew Brees some more weapons after trading away both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, and Dorsett is one of the best playmakers in this draft class. He has elite speed, but unlike some burners, he possesses the ability to smoothly get in and out of cuts to create separation, and his ability to accelerate off of cuts is a rare quality shared by most of the NFL's best open-field runners. He's also a natural pass-catcher, and is not only a vertical threat but could be an effective slot receiver in the pros as well.


McShay's rationale for Beasley is intriguing, as it paints the picture that he's high on Beasley but isn't high on Beasley's physicality.  He seems to view Beasley as a workout warrior, and while 41 on his board isn't awful, it certainly isn't what many have him listed as.  He also has Bud Dupree falling to Pittsburgh at 22, whom many people think is one of the better raw prospects in this draft.  Danny Shelton would also be an interesting pick to address their NT need, and he has Shelton falling to 17 for San Diego.  All in all, Beasley wouldn't be a bad pick, and pass rusher is certainly a position of need for the Saints, but with the other talent still on the board (hypothetically) it would be a bit surprising to see them go this direction.

Dorsett, meanwhile, makes a bit more sense.  The Saints traded away their best receiver (yeah I said it) for this pick, and Dorsett is a lean, talented prospect that can play Day 1.  Dorsett can play anywhere in an offense, perfect for the Sean Payton system, and he could give Drew Brees another excellent target alongside sophomore Brandin Cooks.