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2021 New Orleans Saints Mock Draft 1.0: Rest of the Draft

The rest of Dylan’s first New Orleans Saints mock draft on Canal St. Chronicles.

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There are a lot of storylines to look at in this upcoming offseason for the New Orleans Saints. But what my eyes go to first, is the NFL draft. Is there a potential replacement quarterback available? Do they need to replace Marcus Williams? What offensive lineman will the Saints draft first? There are so many scenarios I have already played out in my head. So here is my first mock draft of this off-season here on Canal St. Chronicles:

For the rest of the draft, the Saints officially only have three picks right now, but have at least two compensatory picks waiting in the third round. In this mock, I acted as if the New Orleans already had them.

You can view rounds one and two here.

Round 3, Compensatory: Jackson Carman, OL, Clemson

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This is the compensatory pick received for Teddy Bridgewater signing with the Carolina Panthers. Carman is exactly the type of offensive line prospect that the Saints would look for. Although he has only played left tackle at Clemson, he has the traits to play at four of the five offensive line positions if need be. With continuous health concerns on the offensive line, and uncertainty on the edges, Carman would be a perfect third-round pick up for New Orleans. He’s powerful, and I can see him setting the edge perfectly for Alvin Kamara for years to come.

Round 3, Compensatory: Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC

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This is the compensatory pick received for the Falcons hiring away Terry Fontenot. Hufanga is about as close to a defensive Taysom Hill as you can get. He’s about the same size funnily enough. He has lined up all over the defense for the Trojans and played well at all of them. His football IQ is off the charts. He knows what to do on nearly every play. His worst trait going into the season was his ball skills, and in six games he had four interceptions.

Round 4, Pick 126: Osa Odighizuwa, DL, UCLA

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This move is assuming that Sheldon Rankins is not a Saint next season.

For most teams, Osa might be too small to play in the interior. However, I believe his skillset as an explosive interior defensive lineman would thrive on the Saints roster. He simply is too athletic for most guards and centers to handle. He could also be kicked to the outside. This pick fits the theme of versatility that I had in this draft. I also wanted to make sure we got a Senior Bowl guy in here, because me and a few other CSC writers will be there next week. The Saints have also previously drafted Senior Bowl players at a high rate. I expect Osa to excel in Mobile and get on the radar on a lot of teams.

Full Mock Draft:

Round 1, Pick 28: Rondale Moore, Wide Receiver, Purdue

Round 2, Pick 60: Asante Samuel Jr, CB, Florida St

Round 3, Compensatory: Jackson Carman, OL, Clemson

Round 3, Compensatory: Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC

Round 4, Pick 126: Osa Odighizuwa, DL, UCLA

Poll

Who would you most like to see in a Saints uniform next season?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Jackson Carman
    (116 votes)
  • 63%
    Talanoa Hufanga
    (297 votes)
  • 11%
    Osa Odighizuwa
    (55 votes)
468 votes total Vote Now

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