The New Orleans Saints opened Day 2 of the NFL Draft by taking Utah safety Marcus Williams at No. 42, and now they traded up to nab the 67th overall pick to get Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara. The trade saw the Saints send a 2018 2nd Round pick and this year’s 7th Rounder to get the pick.
SB Nation’s Dan Kadar had Kamara rated 41st overall, and was his 4th highest running back prospect on his 100 player draft board.
BOTTOM LINE: Ascending, competitive runner who has flashed explosive NFL talent at various times over the last two seasons. A committed runner with excellent balance who finds yardage that isn't blocked for him. While he has never logged 20 carries in a single game, he has the talent to play on all three downs if he can prove his durability.
Here’s some of my thoughts on Kamara, who I had in my third mock draft at No. 42:
Kamara would be a huge asset as a third down back in the NFL, using his vision and frame to extend plays. He wouldn’t have to be in a position to be Ingram’s primary backup, but could see an increased workload and benefit from running behind a pretty stellar offensive line like the Saints have.
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Remaining Draft Picks
Round 3 (76th Overall)
Round 3 (103rd Overall)
Round 6 (196th Overall)
Round 7 (229th Overall) Traded to the 49ers
Saints Top Remaining Needs
- EDGE Defender
- Running Back
2017 NFL Draft Schedule
Friday, April 28 – 6 p.m. CT (Round 2 – 7 Minutes, Round 3 – 5 Minutes Per Pick)
Saturday, April 29 – 11 a.m. CT (Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)
Saints Draft Picks
Round 1 (11th Overall): Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Round 1 (32nd Overall): Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Round 2 (42nd Overall): Marcus Williams, S, Utah