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2016 NFL Draft Results: Grading the Daniel Lasco Pick

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With their final pick, the Saints have selected RB Daniel Lasco. How do you grade the pick?

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

With the 237th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints have selected Cal Running Back, Daniel Lasco.

Here is a look at the newest Saint, from NFL.com:

STRENGTHS

Athletic short-strider with potential to make a quick cut to avoid contact. Inconsistent play speed, but does show a second gear to burst past a tackler. Has some “get­away” in the open field when he sees daylight. Highly productive 2014 campaign creates hope that 2015 injury was primarily responsible for on-­field issues. Has adequate hands and was a weapon out of the backfield in 2014. Productive on cover teams at Cal and has potential to be special teams contributor.

WEAKNESSES

Not an instinctive runner between the tackles. Slow to process development of running lanes and appears unable to make late decisions and keep the run alive. Needs to show more creativity as a runner. Leaves too many yards out on the field due to lack of vision. Too quick to give in and end the run. Suffered through a hip injury in 2015 that robbed him of effectiveness and confidence. Needs to run with more urgency and desire. Gears down rather than accelerates when contact is imminent. Yardage after contact numbers are below average.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 4 or 5

BOTTOM LINE

One­-year wonder who put himself on the map with a strong, overall performance in 2014 but suffered through a hip injury in 2015 and was unimpressive when he played. Lasco has some positive physical traits and might post some interesting combine numbers, but his lack of vision and inability to run with consistent physicality will be challenges when it comes to making an NFL roster.

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Saints 2016 NFL Draft Picks

Round Pick Overall Player
1 12 12 Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
2 16 47 Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio St.
2 30 61 Vonn Bell, S, Ohio St.
4 22 120 David Onyemata, DT, Manitoba
7 16 237 Daniel Lasco, RB, Cal

Saints Team Needs

  • Defensive End
  • Defensive Tackle
  • Linebacker
  • Guard
  • Wide Receiver
  • Defensive Back

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