The New Orleans Saints are keeping busy by visiting with draft prospects and gauging what to do with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
So far today has been a busy day in regards to Saints news. A restricted free agent has re-signed, and there continues to be an unlimited amount of rumors and speculation regarding exactly what the Saints will do come draft day in a few weeks.
We’ve got it covered.
NOLA.com’s Larry Holder Reports Center Brian de la Puente is Back in the Fold:
…They’re overloaded with guys that don’t get enough snaps already with Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Chris Ivory and runner/receiver Travaris Cadet. So this position has to rank as one of their lowest priorities – especially with only five picks at their disposal this year.
However, I wouldn’t rule out a mid-round or late-round pick on a running back since the Saints view those picks through a long-term lens.
Barkevious Mingo, outside linebacker, LSU: The Saints need an athletic pass-rusher to fit in their new 3-4 scheme. Mingo has all the measurables to be a star.
Jarvis Jones, outside linebacker, Georgia: Jones’ workout numbers weren’t as good as Mingo’s. But Jones had a much more productive college career and could be the safer choice.
Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, Oklahoma: It’s fairly unlikely that Johnson will be available at No. 15. But I’m not ruling out the possibility of the Saints trading up a few spots to get him. They have a glaring need at left tackle after losing Jermon Bushrod in free agency.
The Safe Route: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
The Saints have the pieces in place to unleash a fairly potent 3-4 rush, starting with Junior Galette and free-agent addition Victor Butler. Mingo could join that mix (which also includes Jonathan Vilma) as a pass-rushing hammer.
The Surprise: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The NFC South’s draft approach will be fascinating, with the Bucs, Panthers and Saints picking 13-14-15, in that order. And just as Patterson would have to be a consideration for Carolina at 14, so too would the Saints have to give the Tennessee receiver a second look should he drop this far.
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