The latest NFL Mock Draft is out from ESPN's Todd McShay, and it has the New Orleans Saints taking Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton. Here's what McShay, who had Sheldon Rankins to the black and gold in his final two mocks last year, had to say on the selection.
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Charlton really came on strong in the second half of the season, posting 10 sacks in his final 10 games. He showed a lot of improvement with his hands and overall technique in 2016. The Saints need a pass-rusher opposite Cameron Jordan, and Charlton has the size, speed and power to be a difference-maker off the edge.
McShay swapped his pick from Alabama's Marlon Humphrey, which was back in mid-December. Naturally, the pick makes a lot of sense for a defense searching for more sack production in 2017. New Orleans regressed year over year to turn in just 30 sacks in 2016, down from 31 in 2015, and down from 34 in 2014. Clearly, it's a glaring need that could be addressed in the draft or free agency.
You can see the full mock here. However, you must have ESPN Insider to view the entire column. LSU’s Leonard Fournette went to the Panthers at No. 8, while Stanford’s Solomon Thomas went right after to the Bengals. Alabama's Reuben Foster was passed up and fell to the Cardinals at No. 13, and popular Tennessee edge rusher Derek Barnett went at No. 21 to the Lions.