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Reuben Foster, Solomon Thomas becoming favorite for New Orleans Saints mock drafts

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February’s Saints mock drafts have several different looks to it, but there are two clear favorites on defense that analysts like.

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We’re nearing the end of February, and NFL Mock Drafts are officially in overdrive. The New Orleans Saints have a variety of ways to address their 11th overall pick in the draft, but there are two distinct favorites of the 39 sampled mocks for the month.

Alabama’s Reuben Foster and Stanford’s Solomon Thomas were each selected nine times, representing 46.2 percent of the respective mocks. Tennessee’s Derek Barnett was the clear favorite in January, with 9-of-26 (35 percent) sampled mocks taking the edge defender.

Saints Mock Draft Central - February

Analyst Site Date Round One - 11th Overall Round Two - 42nd Overall Round Three - 76th Overall
Analyst Site Date Round One - 11th Overall Round Two - 42nd Overall Round Three - 76th Overall
Kristopher Knox Bleacher Report 2/25 Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Jared Dubin CBS Sports 2/24 Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Larry Holder NOLA.com 2/23 Reuben Foster, LB, Bama Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
Underhill/Erickson The Advocate 2/23 Reuben Foster, LB, Bama Takkarist McKinley, LB/DE, UCLA Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State
Lance Zierlein NFL 2/23 Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Dan Kadar SB Nation 2/22 Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
Ryan Wilson CBS Sports 2/22 Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Jeff Duncan NOLA.com 2/21 Takkarist McKinley, LB/DE, UCLA Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Brad Weiss FanSided 2/17 Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Kristopher Knox Bleacher Report 2/17 Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Jared Dubin CBS Sports 2/17 Reuben Foster, LB, Bama
Mel Kiper ESPN 2/15 Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
John Hendrix SB Nation - CSC 2/15 Reuben Foster, LB, Bama Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn Kevin King, CB, Washington
Ty Anania Who Dat Dish 2/15 Reuben Foster, LB, Bama DeMarcus Walker, DL, Florida State Taylor Moton, G/T, Western Michigan
Chad Reuter NFL 2/15 Reuben Foster, LB, Bama Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
Walter Cherepinsky Walter Football 2/15 Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State Dion Dawkins, G/T, Temple
Andrew Juge Saints Nation 2/15 Reuben Foster, LB, Bama Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
John Sigler SB Nation - CSC 2/14 Charles Harris, DE, Missouri Curtis Samuel, RB, Ohio State Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State
Dan Kadar SB Nation 2/13 Reuben Foster, LB, Bama
Connor Riley SEC Country 2/12 Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
Charlie Casserly NFL 2/11 Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Herbie Teope NOLA.com 2/9 Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State Kevin King, CB, Washington
Nicholas Goss NESN 2/8 Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Todd McShay ESPN 2/8 Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Daniel Jeremiah NFL 2/8 Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
Chris Burke Sports Illustrated 2/8 Tim Williams, LB, Alabama Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
Sean Fazende FOX 8 2/8 Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee Duke Riley, LB, LSU
Tyler Raymond Who Dat Dish 2/8 Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
John Sigler SB Nation - CSC 2/7 Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Nate Davis USA Today 2/7 Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Dean Mullen Who Dat Dish 2/7 Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
Josh Katzenstein NOLA.com 2/7 Sidney Jones, CB, Washington T.J. Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
Dan Kadar SB Nation 2/6 Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston
Matt Miller Bleacher Report 2/6 Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford Teez Tabor, CB, Florida Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
Roy Anderson Who Dat Dish 2/4 Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
Kristopher Knox Bleacher Report 2/3 Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Larry Holder NOLA.com 2/2 Reuben Foster, LB, Bama Ryan Anderson, EDGE, Bama Kevin King, CB, Washington
Eddie Brown San Diego Tribune 2/1 Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan Duke Riley, LB, LSU
Maurice Moton Bleacher Report 2/1 Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
John Hendrix

Some 68 total mocks are in the current Saints compendium I’m tracking, and the top pick breakdown goes like this:

  • Derek Barnett, DE (17)
  • Reuben Foster, LB (13)
  • Solomon Thomas, DE (12)
  • Sidney Jones, CB (5)

Tim Williams (Alabama), Teez Tabor (Florida), and Marshon Lattimore (Ohio State) have three picks each dating back to the end of December. The good thing to see is a common emphasis on focusing on the defense. With free agency set for less than two weeks away, the strategy could absolutely change for the end of April.