New Orleans Saints 2012 Mock Draft: Rounds 3-7

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Fourth Round(Pick 122)–Brandon Taylor, Safety(Louisiana State University)

October 08, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Brandon Taylor (18) carries the ball after an interception in the second quarter against the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE

This pick seems a bit odd with current Saints starters Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper set in the safety position.  But Harper stuggles in coverage and has what some call “hands of stone” where he rarely snags an interception.

Taylor could bring an upgrade at the safety position after playing in a talented secondary at L.S.U.  He’s good in coverage, a violent tackler, especially in the box, and is very smart when reading an offense.

He was chosen by L.S.U. head coach Les Miles and former players to wear #18, which is considered an honor because it shows that you truly represent what it means to be a Fighting Tiger.

Taylor finished his college career with 160 tackles with 11.5 for a loss, 15 pass deflections, and four interceptions.  Taylor is projected to go to the fifth round but he might not make it, so the Saints should grab him.

Alternate pick:  Cam Johnson, Defensive End(Virginia)

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