2011 NFL Draft (source yahoosports.com)

2011 NFL Mock Draft For The New Orleans Saints

The Saints draft strategy for the upcoming draft is unpredictable, with very little needs and a lot of unrestricted free agents to resign.

No one outside the Saints organization, until draft day, will have any idea what direction they will go in.

So I have put together a list of probable draft picks for the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 NFL draft.

1st Round Pick  #24    Drake Nevis a 6’1″ 292lb DT from (LSU) A bit undersized, but packs a punch. Plays with very good leverage, terrific hands, fights through double-teams and will fight off a block to get to the ball carrier.

Utilizes a good swim move and rip move, but will need to increase strength at the next level in order to incorporate the bull rush into his arsenal.

Very solid anchor and motor is constantly running, quick and agile feet and a competent leader. Would make the Saints immediately better in the middle front of their defense.

2nd Round Pick #56  Tyler Sash a 6’1″ 210lb SS from (Iowa) Very tough kid who is seemingly “in” on every play.

Solid open field tackler, very good in run support and able to hone in on a passes for the INTs or make sure tackle after catch.

Size and speed at the next level is what might cost him a 2nd round selection, but in a rather weak Safety class in 2011, could go here or earlier.

Might have trouble in m2m coverage or against bigger wideouts.

Whoever selects him will get an exceptional asset for rotation in the secondary.

Coming out of Iowa’s pro style zone defense, scouts know he is fully prepared and fundamentally sound for action at the next level.

3rd Round Pick #72 James Carpenter a 6’5″ 305 lb OLT  from (Alabama) Has quick feet and can mirror his guy.

James can literally just take his defender out of the play.

Defensive lineman will try and put the outside rush on him, and Carpenter drives him out of the camera’s view.

He’s a good run blocker that can seal the edge and blow open holes.

He can pull block and get outside in a hurry. Not as consistent as he is with pass protection, but he’s solid.

Any team that drafts James is getting a franchise tackle for the next decade. His blocking skills are about as good as it gets and he’ll be an elite tackle.

He was a starter for a national championship team at LT his first year coming from junior college. Any player that can adjust like that and continue to get better has unlimited potential.

3rd Round Pick #88 Bruce Carter a 6’3″ 230 OLB  from (North Carolina) A first-round prospect for the 2011 draft,his draft status dropped after missing the team’s bowl game while undergoing reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Carter, a Butkus Award finalist this year, had been considered to be a potential top 15-20 pick at the upcoming draft, but now likely will not be available for the combine or pro day work-out schedule.

7th Round Pick #215  Chris Colasanti a 6’2″ 238lb ILB  from (Penn State) Lions middle linebacker Chris Colasanti has had a solid season in his first year as a starter.

He led the Nittany Lions in tackles with 92 and ranks sixth in the Big Ten Conference in that category.

He was voted to the All-BIG TEN SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE his senior year.

The Saints players are like every other team in the NFL, they are trying to help get a labor agreement in place with the owners so football will be played for the 2011 season and beyond.

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