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2019 New Orleans Saints Draft: Day 2 targets

Many talented players with 1st round grades remain on the board, as the NFL draft moves into it's second day.

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The madness of the NFL draft began with a few surprises in the first twenty picks, then a flurry of trades between picks 21 and 31. The New Orleans Saints were not a part of the first day festivities, and currently hold the 62nd overall pick, sitting at the end of the second round. Rounds 2 and 3 commence this evening, with plenty of talented players still sitting on the board in what looks like a deep draft at many positions. Here's a list of young men who should hear their names called tonight, many of whom were even projected at some point as 1st round draft picks.


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Will Grier (West Virginia)

Drew Lock (Missouri)

Lock was projected by some as a top-10 pick, only to fall out of the first round altogether. Both he and Grier have franchise quarterback ability, and potential successors for players like Drew Brees, Tom Brady, or Aaron Rodgers within the next couple of seasons.


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Miles Sanders (Penn State)

Darrell Henderson (Memphis)

A thin year for running backs saw just one drafted in the first round (Josh Jacobs), but should produce some day 2 and 3 talents.


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D.K. Metcalf (Mississippi)

Parris Campbell (Ohio St)

Terry McLaurin (Ohio St)

Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)

Andy Isabella (Massachusetts)

Riley Ridley (Georgia)

A.J. Brown (Mississippi)

Kelvin Harmon (N.C. State)

Emanuel Hall (Missouri)

Hakeem Butler (Iowa State)

Only two wideouts were drafted in the first round, but this class should produce a number of playmakers that will have an immediate impact. Expect a run on receivers early in the second round.


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Irv Smith (Alabama)

Jace Sternberger (Texas A&M)

Dawson Knox (Mississippi)

Both Smith and Sternberger were viewed as potential 1st round picks who could be immediate starters for their new teams.


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Jawaan Taylor (Florida)

Cody Ford (Oklahoma)

Greg Little (Mississippi)

Yodny Cajuste (West Virginia)

Taylor, Ford, and Little were all projected at some point to go off the board in the first round.


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Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi St)

Dalton Risner (Kansas St)

Erik McCoy (Texas A&M)


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Joe Jackson (Miami Fla.)

Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech)

Chase Winovich (Michigan)

Jachai Polite (Florida)

Zach Allen (Boston College)

D'Andre Walker (Georgia)

The edge rush class was considered thin after the top picks, but there looks to be a number of developmental prospects available through the later rounds.


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Dre'Mont Jones (Ohio St)

Khalen Saunders (Western Illinois)

A run of interior defenders in the first round thinned out this crew a little. Jones and Saunders have been given consistent second round grades, ranked just above a number of developmental prospects likely to get selected on day three.


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Germaine Pratt (N.C. State)

Vosean Joseph (Florida)

Mack Wilson (Alabama)

Blake Cashman (Minnesota)

Pratt leads a group of linebackers who have the talent to be an every down defender against both the run and pass.


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Greedy Williams (L.S.U.)

Trayvon Mullen (Clemson)

Joejuan Williams (Vanderbilt)

Rock Ya-Sin (Temple)

Byron Murphy (Washington)

Justin Layne (Michigan State)

Julian Love (Notre Dame)

One of the first rounds biggest surprises was the fact that only one corner, DeAndre Baker from Georgia, came off the board. Like receiver, there should be a run on cornerbacks early in the 2nd round in a class with no elite, but many solid coverage players.


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Juan Thornhill (Virginia)

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida)

Nasir Adderley (Delaware)

Amani Hooker (Iowa)

Deionte Thompson (Alabama)

Taylor Rapp (Washington)

Two safeties were grabbed off the board late in the first round, with Gardner-Johnson, Thornhill, and Adderley all likely to come next by midway through the 2nd. All three have the athleticism and coverage skills to take on a wideout one on one, slip back into deep safety, or play well close to the line of scrimmage.

The Saints don't have another selection until the 5th round after their scheduled pick at 62. With so many highly graded players still left in a deep draft at numerous positions, don't be surprised if New Orleans coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis swing a deal to give the team another pick tonight or early tomorrow.