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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Saints take advantage of a puzzling fall.

The New Orleans Saints provide some clarity for the future by trading up for a quarterback.

CFP Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl - Clemson v Ohio State Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Hello! We are just over three weeks from the NFL Draft. There aren’t many more of these mocks left. Why don’t we look at a scenario that if you presented me about a month ago, I would’ve laughed at you. Now? Not so much. This is apparently something that could realistically happen. Here, the New Orleans Saints trade up for Justin Fields.

I decided to switch it up and use the simulator available on thedraftnetwork.com

The Trade

New Orleans Saints Receive

  • Pick 1.13

Los Angeles Chargers Receive

  • Pick 1.28
  • Pick 3.105
  • 2022 1st Round Pick

The Picks

Round 1, Pick 13 - QB Justin Fields, Ohio State

CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T - Ohio State v Alabama Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Justin Fields is AT LEAST the second best quarterback in this class. I have said it from the jump and I will stick by it. For some reason, unbeknownst to the public, he has APPARENTLY begun to fall on some NFL boards. Whether it be for “character concerns” or the fact that the Ohio State offense has made it seem on a regular basis that he is not as good he is at certain things. The main one being making it past the first read. He CAN do it, but it is not something that the Ohio State coaching staff calls for often. He is more athletic than most people in this class, has a bigger arm than most people in this class, and has shown more heart on the field than most people in this class. Please give Sean Payton a player at Justin Fields’ athletic caliber to run an offense with. No matter how much you give to move up in this draft, Justin Fields will be a steal.

Round 2, Pick 60 - CB Aaron Robinson, UCF

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 14 Stanford at UCF Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Aaron Robinson is a physical, versatile cornerback that offers a complimentary style across from Marshon Lattimore. Robinson has been featured more in slot recently, however he has the experience and ability to play on the outside. He can succeed in multiple schemes, due to the fact that UCF likes to mix up their coverages. He is a good tackler and capable run defender. Overall, I think he would fit in well in the Saints secondary in both play style and play attitude.

Round 3, Pick 98 - WR Amon-Ra St Brown, USC

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 12 USC at UCLA Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The latest product of the St. Brown family (and not the last,) Amon-Ra is an intriguing WR prospect. He doesn’t have burners, but is a threat in the deep game. He isn’t the tallest receiver, but is great at coming down with contested balls. He is the ultimate “film don’t lie” player. He has incredible skills at the catch, ball skills/hand placement. He can play anywhere on the field that you would want a wide receiver to line up at. He has the foot skills to create separation before the catch, and sight/athleticism to make big plays after it. I like St. Brown a lot.

Round 4, Pick 133 - LB Tony Fields II, Arizona/West Virginia

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 17 Kansas at West Virginia Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tony Fields is the do-it-all kind of linebacker that I think the Saints are looking for. He’s played in six different defensive systems in college and lined up about anywhere you could ask a linebacker to line up. His football IQ is about as high as it can be for a college prospect. Add his intelligence to his athleticism and the potential is sky high. He can learn from Demario Davis to hopefully become a high level player in the future. His coverage is good. His size is is something that can be overcome with his aggressiveness and tackling ability.

The Trade

New Orleans Saints Receive

  • Pick 5.147

Houston Texans Receive

  • Pick 6.218
  • 2022 5th Round Pick

Round 5, Pick 147 - DL Darius Stills, West Virginia

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Army v West Virginia

Darius Stills is the one of the two Stills’ brothers at West Virginia to declare for the draft this year. Though a fifth round pick here, Stills could immediately come in and contribute in replacing the role of Sheldon Rankins in the Saints defense. Stills is quick and athletic for a defensive lineman, which is what you want out of someone that gives up size in the interior. He is explosive off the snap, which when combined with his high football IQ, can lead to him winning snaps as a 3-tech. He won’t be every down for the Saints, but offers great value as a rotational player.

Round 7, Pick 229 - OL Josh Ball, Marshall

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 06 Marshall at Boise State Photo by Tyler Ingham/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Obligatory developmental offensive lineman pick here. Josh Ball is an athletic offensive lineman who shows the tools needed to play regularly in the NFL. He is a large human, but doesn’t sacrifice the ability to move around. He just needs time to adjust to the NFL game, but having him behind Armstead and Ramcyzk while that happens will only be a great thing for him.

Round 7, Pick 255 - WR/ST Racey McMath, LSU

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 13 CFP National Championship - LSU v Clemson Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Saints love their special teamers on Day 3. McMath is going to have a long NFL career and I would not mind seeing that take place in New Orleans. He is very fast, he recently ran a 4.34 at the LSU pro day. That means along with his special teams ability, he also brings a speed that is not widely found on this Saints roster. Would be a great day 3 pick for the Saints.

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