The 2014 NFL Draft is tonight and concludes Saturday, May 10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The first round starts at 7 p.m. with rounds 2 and 3 tomorrow beginning at 6 p.m. The draft finishes up Saturday with rounds 4-7 starting at 11 a.m.
In my first mock draft, I discussed the needs for the Saints in the draft. This is version 2.0, so some things are different while the first two picks are the same.
Round 1 (27)
Mock 1.0 - Jason Verrett
Jason Verrett - Cornerback, TCU
I did some more mock drafts and I feel a lot of the wide receivers in the now pass-happy NFL will be gone, pushing some of the cornerbacks down into the late first round. That works out perfectly for the Saints as they can help their secondary a lot by taking Verrett.
Round 2 (58)
Mock 1.0 - Donte Moncrief
Donte Moncrief - Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
I admit I have a crush on Moncrief here. He's big, fast and would be a perfect fit into Sean Payton's offense. Drew Brees will love throwing to him.
Round 3 (91)
Mock 1.0 - Trent Murphy - Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Stanford
Ross Cockrell- Cornerback, Duke
Taking two cornerbacks in the first three rounds of the draft may seem a bit strange, however that's until you look at the Saints current secondary. Champ Bailey is 36 and coming off an injury. Corey White is best served in nickel and dime packages. Patrick Robinson is coming off an injury. Rod Sweeting is coming into his second year with the team and is probably best in nickel packages also. Keenan Lewis is the only true lock down guy on the roster. The secondary needs some competition and Verrett and Cockrell will bring that and a bit of an attitude also.
Round 4 (126)
Mock 1.0 - Aaron Murray - Quarterback, Georgia
James Gayle - Defensive End, Virginia Tech
Changed the pick from Aaron Murrary to Gayle. Gayle is 6-4, 260 pounds and will bring some more rush off the edge during passing situations.
Round 5 (167)
Mock 1.0 - Charles Leno - Offensive Tackle, Boise State
Lache Seastrunk - Running Back, Baylor
I changed the pick from an offensive tackle to running back, Lache Seastrunk. The Saints will need some depth at running back after declining the option on Mark Ingram's contract earlier this week - thus making him a free agent at the end of the season. Out of the 19 touchdowns he scored at Baylor, five of them came on plays of 68 yards ore more.
Round 5 (169)
Mock 1.0 - Dri Archer, Running Back, Kent State
Jordan Tripp - Outside Linebacker, Montana
After taking Seastrunk with the first, fifth round pick, I changed this pick to an outside linebacker. The Black & Gold definitely need some depth here. Trip has experience playing the Sam and Will linebacker positions and also can play special teams.
Round 6 (202)
Mock 1.0 - Donta Johnson - Defensive Back, North Carolina State
Jared Abbrederis - Wide Receiver, Wisconsin
Nick Toon doesn't appear to be working as of right now. He looks to be a more recent version of former Saints wide receiver, Adrian Arrington in that he's a big target from a Big 10 school, but just can't stay healthy enough to play. Abbrederis could definitely help and is the pick here for competition and depth. He is 6-1, 195 pounds and definitely can put on some muscle to stick with the Saints. He also has experience returning punts and kickoffs.
The Saints don't posses a seventh round draft pick this season as it was traded to San Francisco for linebacker Parys Haralson.
That concludes my Saints 2014 2.0 mock draft. What do you think? Leave your comments below and let me know whom you believe the Black and Gold will take in the draft.
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