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