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2016 NFL Draft Grades: Saints Crawl to Finish Line with "D" Grade

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Questionable selections might make the Saints look like geniuses down the road, or then again, it might not.

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

So the New Orleans Saints came into the final day of the 2016 NFL Draft with needs at Guard, Linebacker, Defensive End, Cornerback, and Kicker. The Saints left the final day of the 2016 NFL Draft with needs at Guard, Linebacker, Defensive End, Cornerback, and Kicker. That's right. None of the positions of need were addressed with the final two remaining selections of the Saints on the final day of the draft.

The New Orleans Saints came into the final day with picks in the 5th and 7th round. Yet again, though, the New Orleans Saints traded UP (giving up their 2016 and 2017 5th round picks) to get back into the fourth round. The New Orleans Saints then selected Defensive Tackle David Onyemata from our neighbors up north (no, not Tennessee, further north), Canada. Onyemata is a product of Canadian football and very much an unknown to most of the American football world. It's possible the Saints reached with this selection, and it's also possible that they just picked up the steal of the draft.

The jury is still out, but the pick was definitely a curious one when there were known commodities on the draft board, especially for the offensive line. Connor McGovern, Joe Dahl, Christian Westerman, and Spencer Drango were all Guards who went in the 5th round. Sebastian Tretola, Wes Schweltzer, and Ted Karras were all Guards who came off the board in the sixth round. All seven of those players were available for the New Orleans Saints, with the last three all still available if the Saints stayed in their original draft position in the 5th round.

In the seventh round, the Saints added Cal Running Back Daniel Lasco - still not a guard, and not even a defensive player at all - an offensive skills player. Lasco had a decent year in 2014, and then suffered through injuries in 2015 to his hip and ankle. The Saints again overlooked needs at Guard, but this time to add to an already crowded position. Lasco now joins workhorse back Mark Ingram and backups Tim Hightower, C.J. Spiller, Travaris Cadet, Marcus Murphy, and Vick Ballard.

Bottom line: the Saints used two picks on the final day of the 2016 NFL Draft, and are now potentially in a position no better than they were coming into the day, having not addressed any of the four biggest positions of need. Not only that, the Saints compromised their draft posture next year, already sacrificing their 2017 5th round selection.