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2021 Saints Mock Draft: Dylan Sanders’ Final Mock

The final New Orleans Saints mock draft of the year for Dylan Sanders.

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So it all comes down to this! We have done a lot of mock drafts this year, all leading to this week. The draft is on Friday! No one knows what will happen, but here is a situation we could see/I would love to see!

*for this mock draft, I used The Draft Network*

Round 1, Pick 28 - LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame

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Taking a look at what the Saints have been looking for in a linebacker this year, I feel that they are trying to address speed and coverage. This lead to me choosing JOK over Zaven Collins who was also available. Neither would be a bad option. Personally, I have Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah as the best linebacker in this draft class. He has the speed, coverage, versatility, and tackling of a great linebacker. The New Orleans Saints defense saw a new life in the linebacker room with the addition of Kwon Alexander. Owusu-Koramoah offers everything you get in Alexander and more.

Round 2, Pick 60 - WR Dyami Brown, North Carolina

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UNC wideout Dyami Brown has plenty of spped. However, I do not believe that it is all that he has to offer. I think that he has elite ball tracking and in-air adjustments. He comes down with contested catches and a good rate, not his best trait yet. A lot of people bring up issues of his route tree and route running ability, however you have to take a closer look at the actual source of those concerns. His OC was the same OC for AJ Brown and DK Metcalf, two other wideouts with the same issues. He has not shown any issues when asked to perform. I think he has a lot of good traits and could immediately contribute with Michael Thomas and Marquez Callaway.

The Trade

New Orleans Saints Receive

  • Pick 3.87

Pittsburgh Steelers Receive

  • Pick 3.98
  • Pick 7.229
  • Pick 7.255

Round 3, Pick 87 - CB Benjamin St-Juste, Minnesota

The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Fighting Illini 40-17

St-Juste was one of the best performers at the Senior Bowl, which we know the Saints love to draft from. This a little higher than I would draft him, the way that the board fell, a trade up for a corner was necessary. The biggest thing that St-Juste brings to the table is length. He is great at getting his arms in and disrupting catches. A lot of traits that he is possess, he is not elite at, however I don’t believe that there is anything he is truly bad at. Should the Saints luck put and get a veteran corner in free agency, such as Richard Sherman, this could be a homerun selection.

Round 3, Pick 105 - EDGE Cam Sample, Tulane

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Speaking of the Senior Bowl, Cam Sample was one of the best performers throughout the week. He played everywhere on the line, and shined. He is incredibly powerful and can use that against anyone he lines up across from. Excellent use of his hands. He would be a great rotational piece for a while with the potential to grow into more. I think he fits well with the Saints defense, and already has a passion for New Orleans after 4 years in the city.

Round 4, Pick 133 - CB Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas

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Robert Rochell comes back home to Louisiana (originally from Shreveport.) Bringing the future CB #2 position for the Saints some competition. He has incredible production in college, with near 40 PBUs and 10 interceptions. He is similar to St-Juste in that there is a lot to love about his game, but still needs to do a little bit of development. Both him and St-Juste could immediately come in and contribute day 1 in both defense and special teams.

The Trade

New Orleans Saints Receive

  • Pick 5.145

Jacksonville Jaguars Receive

  • Pick 6.128
  • 2022 Round 5 Selection

Round 5, Pick 145 - OL David Moore, Grambling St

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I had to trade back up and get an intriguing offensive lineman. David Moore was one of the most impressive players from Senior Bowl week for me. He was driving high level defenders into the ground consistently. He is aggressive and strong, but does not sacrifice athleticism at all. I like his run blocking, but will mainly need to progress in his pass blocking ability. Give him the rest of Peat’s contract and he will be ready to be a great starter in the NFL. He brings the versatility that the Saints love.


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