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Saints grab help for their secondary in Mel Kiper’s latest mock

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It wouldn’t be the flashiest of moves...

NCAA Football: Clemson at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

With mock drafts coming out on a daily basis sending Jordan Love, Kenneth Murray or [insert wide receiver here] to the New Orleans Saints, it’s honestly refreshing to see a new name slotted to the Saints with the 24th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Maybe Mel Kiper reads Canal Street Chronicles, but Kiper’s recent mock draft for ESPN (Insider required) sends the Saints cornerback A.J. Terrell to New Orleans in Round 1:

A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

I wrote last week that there is a big drop-off after the top two corners in this class, at least on my board. I only have first-round grades on two corners. That doesn’t mean, however, that teams see it the same way, and Terrell has been getting some first-round buzz. New Orleans desperately has to upgrade with young talent at the cornerback position. Terrell is physically gifted — he ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1 — though he had an inconsistent 2019 season.

All of the “big names” were already off the board at this point. Quarterbacks Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, and Jordan Love were gone to the Dolphins, Chargers, and Raiders respectively. Wide receivers also were getting surprisingly thin, with Jerry Jeudy (9th to the Jaguars), CeeDee Lamb (13th to the 49ers), Justin Jefferson (15th to the Broncos), Henry Ruggs (21st to the Eagles), and Brandon Aiyuk (22nd to the Vikings) all not available. Even Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray was snagged by Jaguars with the 20th pick.

What do you think of this pick? Would it change your opinion to know LSU linebacker Patrick Queen went to the Baltimore Ravens 28th overall? Or that Clemson WR Tee Higgins went to the Green Bay Packers 30th overall? Let me know in the comments. Grade the pick. Send me presents.