ESPN draft guru Todd McShay is now on the fourth edition of his 2016 mock draft and this time he's going a full two rounds. And with his first selection for the Saints with the 12th overall pick, McShay has chosen a little interior pass rush help in Louisville's Sheldon Rankins.
Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
The Saints are in dire need of a defensive tackle who can push the pocket from the inside, and one of Rankins' best attributes is his ability to pressure the QB (14.0 sacks during his last two seasons at Louisville). He has a rare combination of quickness and power, which he showed off during one-on-one pass-rush drills at the Senior Bowl.
Hooray! Finally someone other than A'Shawn Robinson! Robinson has actually been dropping down the draft boards lately. But Rankins is another player being linked to the Saints regularly so this pick is certainly no surprise. I'm okay with it. Certainly a position of need.
In the second round McShay sticks to the defensive side of the ball, as the Saints should, and takes a flyer on linebacker Jaylon Smith.
Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Smith got as high as No. 2 on my Top 32 during the season before suffering a devastating knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl. How his medical information checks out will determine where he ends up getting selected. When healthy, Smith is one of the best defensive prospects in recent years.
This is obviously a risk/reward pick. If Smith recovers from his knee injury and can get back to the level of play we've seen before, it could turn out to be the steal of the draft. Of course, it could also work out like so many of the other Saints draft picks in recent years and Smith could be out of the league in two years. Who knows! The exciting part is finding out!
What do you guys think about these two picks?