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2017 New Orleans Saints Draft: Best Available Day 2 Players

The 2017 NFL draft got started with a bang last night, and the New Orleans came away with two players that were arguably the top rated at their position.

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The New Orleans Saints filled two positions of need with their two first round draft picks in round one. With the 11th pick, the Saints picked the consensus top cornerback available in Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore. Then, with the final selection of the evening, New Orleans invaded the Big 10 conference again, selecting one of the top linemen available in Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk.

Rounds 2 and 3 of the draft resume this evening, with New Orleans currently owning the 42nd overall pick (second round), along with numbers 76 and 103 overall in the third. Let's have a look at some of the best available prospects still available, focusing on the positions of need outlined before the draft began.


  • Tyus Bowser (Houston) - Explosive and athletic pass rusher off the edge and capable zone defender. Still developing as a pass rusher, but high ceiling.
  • Zach Cunningham (Vanderbilt) - Perhaps the best pure linebacker still available has drawn comparisons to the Chiefs' Derrick Johnson. Good range and play recognition, but raw as a pass rusher.

Edge/Defensive End

  • Derek Rivers (Youngstown State) - Dominated at the FCS level and turned heads at the combine with his athletic ability. Lean build, but good bend and explosive burst along the edge.
  • Jordan Willis (Kansas State) - Good enough strength to play as 4-3 defensive end, and fast enough to rush the edge in passing situations. Stiff and upright as a rusher, but solid football IQ.
  • DeMarcus Walker (Florida State) - Disruptive first round type of talent, but some have questioned his consistent effort. Prototypical defensive end with some versatility along the line.
  • Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova) - A raw, but big and very athletic talent with the physical tools necessary to be successful in the NFL. FCS player that performed well against higher competition in the Senior Bowl.
  • Carl Lawson (Auburn) - Powerful defender. Lacks flexibility but very good strength on the outside. Struggled with injuries in his career, but solid upside.


  • Marcus Williams (Utah) - Athletic ballhawk with good play recognition and anticipation. Could be a playmaker in the secondary.
  • Budda Baker (Washington) - Good coverage safety with the skill set of a nickel corner. Aggressive in coverage with good range.
  • Obi Melifonwu (Connecticut) - Big and athletic safety with terrific measurables. Very good run defender with improving coverage skills.


  • Quincy Wilson (Florida) - Smooth, natural athlete with the coverage skills to play a press corner role and the recovery ability to play in off coverage.
  • Kevin King (Washington) - Huge size for a cornerback, but good agility and acceleration to match up well with the bigger receivers in the league.
  • Cordrea Tankersley (Clemson) - Productive corner on a good defense. Aggressive defender with good man coverage abilities.
  • Teez Tabor (Florida) - Playmaker on a good Gator defense, slipped down the boards due to poor workouts and off field issues. Boom or Bust project.

Wide Receiver

  • Chris Godwin (Penn State) - Tough and highly competitive receiver with underrated atheticism. Effective on both deep and intermediate routes.
  • Zay Jones (East Carolina) - Productive receiver in a prolific offense with good run after the catch ability. Stock continued to rise in off season workouts.
  • Carlos Henderson (Louisiana Tech) - Explosive receiver out of the slot. Ability to be a playmaker both inside and outside. Extremely dangerous after the catch.
  • Curtis Samuel (Ohio State) - All-purpose threat with both shifty and explosive traits. Can be a gamebreaker from multiple positions.

Running Back

  • Alvin Kamara (Tennessee) - Terrific receiver out of the backfield with underrated toughness as a runner. Dynamic as a 3rd down all-purpose threat.
  • Kareem Hunt (Toledo) - Productive and consistent runner and receiver with good potential as an every down back.

Last night, the Saints bolstered a weak secondary and further solidified the offensive line. What positions do you think Sean Payton and the Saints brain trust should focus their sights on this evening?