Fan Mock Draft: Whom should the Saints select No. 27 overall?

BY foxsports • May 3, 2014

It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick him. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The New Orleans Saints are on the clock.

The Saints were aggressive in free agency signing safety Jairus Byrd. While the defense could still improve, this team is built around its offense and quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees, who is entering his 14th season, consistently plays at a high level and some help up front could help fortify the offense. Adding a wide receiver to the mix would also benefit the aerial attack.

This team must look to build depth and plan for the future, but they walk a fine line in the NFC South as it’s an ultra-competitive division. So, who should the Saints select No. 27 overall?

1. Houston Texans select South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney

2. St. Louis Rams select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins

3. Jacksonville Jaguars select Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles

4. Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel

5. Oakland Raiders select Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack

6. Atlanta Falcons select Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans

8. Minnesota Vikings select Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr

9. Buffalo Bills select Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews

10. Detroit Lions select UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr

11. Tennessee Titans select Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

12. New York Giants select Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald

13. St. Louis Rams select Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan

14. Chicago Bears select Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

15. Pittsburgh Steelers select Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert

16. Dallas Cowboys select Auburn defensive end Dee Ford

17. Baltimore Ravens select Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin

18. New York Jets select North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron

19. Miami Dolphins select Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks

20. Arizona Cardinals select Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio

21. Green Bay Packers select Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley

22. Philadelphia Eagles select Louisville safety Calvin Pryor

23. Kansas City Chiefs select LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

24. Cincinnati Bengals select Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard

25. San Diego Chargers select Notre Dame DT Louis Nix

26. Cleveland Browns select USC WR Marqise Lee

USC C Marcus Martin

The Saints have a glaring need at the center position. Currently slated to fill the role is Tim Lelito. Martin began his career at USC, playing as a true freshman. While Martin moved to center in 2013, he took command of the offensive line and was named a team captain.

Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller

Fuller has been a bit of a late riser, but talent evaluators were well aware of his skillset. The Virginia Tech product has a nice blend of size, balance and anticipates opposing receivers' routes well. While the team signed Champ Bailey to a deal, he looks to be on the back end of his career.

TCU CB Jason Verrett

At 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, Verrett might be the most polished cover cornerback in the draft. Some critics have pointed out that his size is a significant disadvantage, but Verrett isn’t concerned as he has had success against big receivers in the Big 12.

Indiana WR Cody Latimer

The Saints have a wide array of weapons including wide receivers Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and tight end Jimmy Graham. Adding Latimer would give them a reliable underneath threat. Latimer has very good size and reliable hands. He has Saint pretty much written all over him.

Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence

Lawrence has been one of the hottest rising prospects in the past month. Several teams have brought Lawrence in for a visit. The 6-foot-3, 251-pound defensive end is very athletic, but some may consider this a reach.


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